Saskatchewan Aerial Photography

In June I attended the Windscape Kite Festival as and invited ‘celebrity flyer’ in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. It was my second time invited (last time was in 2011). It gave my wife and I an opportunity to have a mini-holiday out west and we took an extra week exploring southern Saskatchewan in day trips from our accommodation at McMaster Manor Bed & Breakfast near Lafleche, SK. A number of aerial sessions were undertaken. There were also a couple of disappointments where I was at ideal locations with insufficient wind. You win some, you lose some!

Here is a sample from the several locations where I flew my kite aerial gear. Click through to the galleries on my website to see many more images from each session.


Windscape Kite Festival – Swift Current, SK

The festival was two days on the last weekend in June. I was there as an invited guest to demonstrate Kite Aerial Photography. The wind was overpowering much of the time for most of the kite flyers including myself and rain was frequent. Regardless, a number of good images were obtained during three sessions when the bad conditions softened.

Windscape Kite Festival 2016 - Swift Current, Saskatchewan

Octopus kites at the Windscape Kite Festival 2016 in Swift Current, SK.


Swift Current Railway Lines

Since the kite festival proceedings didn’t begin until 10:00 am each day, I took the time one morning to do some aerial shots of the town of Swift Current and the freight railway lines running through the middle. Light was poor but it was my only opportunity and the images turned out pretty well.

Swift Current, Saskatchewan.


McMaster Manor Bed & Breakfast and Farm

We stayed 4 nights at this B&B near Lafleche, Saskatchewan. We used it as our home base to visit communities in the area and both the east and west blocks of Grasslands National Park. The wind was not kind to me on our day trips. I did, however get two good sessions at the farm property of the B&B. I would highly recommend staying there – great hosts and great part of the world. Just remember …. nothing is close by and that includes shops and restaurants.

McMaster Manor Bed and Breakfast and Farm.

The barn at McMaster Manor B&B in Lafleche, Saskatchewan

Farm furniture - silos, trucks and tractors.

Aerial view. Retired equipment put out to pasture.


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Looking Down! – A New Group on Fine Art America

Looking Down (from above)

Today, I have launched a new group for participation by aerial photographers who are also members of Fine Art America.

Promote your aerial images to the art buying community by becoming a member of the group.

This is an aerial photography group. Low level aerial photographs and photos from ‘high places’ are permitted.

Red Covered Bridge by Rob Huntley - at Fine Art America

Red Covered Bridge by Rob Huntley – at Fine Art America

Looking Down includes views from above using:

– Aircraft
– Kite Aerial Photography
– Pole Aerial Photography
– UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles – model planes, quadcopters, drones)
– any other equipment which lifts your camera
– or simply from a high place such as a tower, rooftop, hillside, an apartment balcony or even a step ladder.

Images can include abstracts, documentary style photographs, etc as long as the camera is in an elevated position … not merely pointed down from your normal terrestrial vantage point. In other words, if the lens is less than 6 feet (2 m) above the ground it does not qualify.

Any amount of creative editing is permitted but the source of the image should be a photograph.

 Use this Link to get to the group.

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History in the Wind: The Kite Aerial Photography of Rob Huntley

History in the Wind: The Kite Aerial Photography of Rob Huntley

The Pinhey’s Point Foundation
invites you to a preview reception
in celebration of the Opening of
our Summer 2012 exhibition

History in the Wind:
The Kite Aerial Photography
of Rob Huntley

Monday, June 11, 2012, 7:00-8:30pm
at Pinhey’s Point Historic Site
270 Pinhey’s Point Road off Sixth Line Road
Dunrobin, Ontario

Refreshments will be served

RSVP 613 832-1249

Queensway Kanata exit 138, north on March Road;
right on Dunrobin Road and immediately right on Riddell Drive and follow the signs


La Fondation Pinhey’s Point
vous invite
à une réception pour célébrer
l’ouverture de notre exposition pour l’été de 2012

L’histoire à vue d’oiseau:
La photographie aérienne
de cerf-volant de Rob Huntley

lundi le 11e juin 2012, 1900 – 2030
au lieu historique de Pinhey’s Point
270, chemin Pinhey’s Point
Dunrobin (Ontario)

Des rafraîchissements seront servis

RSVP 613 832-1249

De l’autoroute 417, prendre la sortie 138 du chemin March jusqu’au chemin Dunrobin. Tourner à droite sur la promenade Riddell.

Prendre à gauche le chemin Sixth Line sur environ 5 km, jusqu’au chemin Pinhey’s Point.

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Carlingwood Shopping Centre from the Air

This kite aerial photography (KAP) session took place on Easter Sunday (Apr 4, 2010). I chose this day since there are very few days in the year when one can fly a kite in the parking lot of a commercial mall. I actually did the flying from the parking lot of the mall on the other side of Carling Avenue, Fairlawn Plaza. This was in order to get enough distance from the Carlingwood Mall to try to get most of it inside one frame.

I experimented with the use of panning scripts for the first time. These are scripts which operate the pan and tilt functions of the Dunecam remote system I am now using on many KAP flights. The goal is to eventually make panorama series from the air. On this day, the equipment worked well but the wind failed to keep the camera rig steady enough to make good panorama series. I might construct a few small panos from the session and post them later. I also experimented with both horizontal and vertical formats having adapted my rig with an adjustable platform. Most of my KAP previous to this has been with the camera in landscape format.

Here are a few of the individual frames from the session.

Aerial view of Carlingwood Mall in Ottawa's West end showing Carling Avenue in the foreground and the Ottawa River in the background.

Carling Avenue intersection where the parking lots connect from Carlingwood Mall on the north and Fairlawn Plaza (out of the picture bottom) to the south. I was standing in the Fairlawn Plaza parking lot.

The Sears Store at Carlingwood Mall in Ottawa from a low-level aerial perspective. I was standing in the parking lot of Fairlawn Plaza shooting across Carling Avenue. This was Easter Sunday when the parking lots were empty.

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