KAP 2008-43: The Citadel, Halifax, Nova Scotia – August 1, 2008

The Citadel was my second stop to KAP on my one day visit to Halifax. Light was poor, but when you are only in town for one day and the wind is good, then you do what you can.

These images were created by suspending a camera in a remote-controlled rig on a kite line. The technique is called Kite Aerial Photography (KAP).

The Citadel, Halifax and Halifax Harbour in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This photograph was taken using kite aerial photography.
The Citadel, Halifax and Halifax Harbour in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Halifax and Halifax Harbour in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Halifax and Halifax Harbour in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

A view from high over the Citadel in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Halifax Commons or Common. Baseball fields, tennis courts, playgrounds and the venue for some of the larger open-air concerts in Halifax.
A view from high over the Citadel in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Halifax Commons or Common. Baseball fields, tennis courts, playgrounds and the venue for some of the larger open-air concerts in Halifax.

Abstract, overhead view of roads on Citadel Hill in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Citadel wall juts into the top of the picture.
Abstract, overhead view of roads on Citadel Hill in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Citadel wall juts into the top of the picture.

CBC building, Lord Nelson Hotel, across from the park in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
CBC building, Lord Nelson Hotel, across from the park and adjacent to the Citadel in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

You can see additional pictures from my KAP 2008-43 outing in the Kite Aerial Photography Gallery about the Citadel in Halifax, Nova Scotia on my Rob Huntley Photography website.

3 thoughts on “KAP 2008-43: The Citadel, Halifax, Nova Scotia – August 1, 2008

  1. The kite setup looks interesting. I used to fly the big stunt kites and sent cameras up attached to them, but images were usually not that good because of kite vibration. thats quite a contraption on the strings. I assume these are not controllable kites?

  2. Single line, stable kites are what are typically used for kite aerial photography to keep the camera as still as possible. The kites are not controllable in the sense that stunt kites are. But you do have limited control by tightening and letting out line for changes in elevation. Typically one walks the kite around the subject combined with raising and lowering the gear in order to get the desired composition. The camera rig is controllable if that is what you mean. I have a few rigs ranging from autoKAP to fully remote-controlled. The remote-controlled rig is heavier and thus not always able to go up in lower wind speeds. The remote control enables adjustment of pan, tilt and firing the shutter. Also, some systems like the one I currently use, enable video downlink to view what has just been taken (low res though) so that you can try to adjust the composition and refine your image. However, for the first two years I did not have video downlink and these images in this post were taken shooting blind. I would just take many pictures making my best judgement of the orientation of the camera and hopefully I came home with at least one good one. Pictures of the three kites I currently use can be found here: http://www.robhuntley.ca/Kite-Aerial-Photography/Kites-and-Stuff/About-KAP/4143588_2K2wGb

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s