Kite Aerial Photography Highlights From Last Winter

I haven’t blogged about my Kite Aerial Photography for awhile. I thought I’d do this one post with an example from each of the six winter sessions that I undertook in the Ottawa region. If you want to see more you can go through to the respective gallery on my website by clicking on the image.

Wakefield, Quebec

Aerial photograph of the Wakefield covered bridge. The Gatineau River runs underneath it. The ski slope is Ski Vorlage and the town of Wakefield, Quebec can be seen in the distance at the top left. (click on the picture to see more pictures of this location)

Wakefield, Quebec Covered Bridge

 

Meech Creek Covered Bridge

This is a different covered bridge from the one shown above. It is not far from Wakefield but is closer to Gatineau Park on Chemin Cross Loop. (click on the picture to see more pictures of this location)

Meech Creek Covered Bridge.

Pakenham – Five Span Bridge

This is the Five Arch Stone Bridge (aka Five Span Bridge), a historic bridge located in Pakenham, Ontario on the Mississippi River (Canada). It is only a single-lane bridge but large double-trailer tractor-trailer trucks cross frequently. (click on the picture to see more pictures of this location)

The Historic Five Arch Bridge in Pakenham, Ontario.

Pakenham – Fred Millar Fields

Pakenham, Ontario from the air and the Mississippi River (Canada). Images in the gallery also include the railroad bridge and County Road 29. The Five Arch Stone Bridge can be seen in the distance in several photographs. (click on the picture to see more pictures of this location)

Mississippi River (Canada) and the town of Pakenham, Ontario.

Carleton Place

Carleton Place is on the Mississippi River (Canada). Bridge Street and the Town Hall are prominent in a couple of the photographs in this gallery. Downstream in the distance there is a weir as well as a set of rapids. (click on the picture to see more pictures of this location)

Carleton Place, Ontario during a mild winter.
Deschenes Rapids

Deschenes Rapids near Ottawa, Ontario in the Ottawa River. Britannia Yacht Club is on the far side (Ontario). On the near side in Quebec is the ruins of a mill within the rapids. (click on the picture to see more pictures of this location)

Deschenes Rapids in the Ottawa River.

 

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KAP 2013-21 – Britannia Water Purification Plant and Deschênes Rapids, Ottawa, Ontario – May 1, 2013

Britannia Water Purification Plant alongside the Ottawa River (left) and Mud Lake (right). In the distance on the left is downtown Ottawa.

Britannia Water Purification Plant alongside the Ottawa River (left) and Mud Lake (right). In the distance on the left is downtown Ottawa.

The Ontario side of the Ottawa River at the Deschênes Rapids is the location of several features: the community of Britannia, the Britannia Water Purification Plant (serving the city of Ottawa), the Britannia Yacht Club, and Mud Lake which has become an urban wildlife watching location. Not too far upstream is Britannia Beach, a popular recreation area. The town of Deschênes, which shares the name with the rapids, is on the Quebec side of the river.

Deschenes Rapids in the Ottawa River. On the opposite side is the town of Deschenes, Quebec. This image is taken from the Ontario side. Shoreline trees are submerge during the spring high water levels.

Deschenes Rapids in the Ottawa River. On the opposite side is the town of Deschenes, Quebec. This image is taken from the Ontario side. Shoreline trees are submerge during the spring high water levels.

Mud Lake and the lawns of the Britannia Water Purification Plant

Mud Lake and the lawns of the Britannia Water Purification Plant

Visit my website gallery Britannia Water Purification Plant and Deschênes Rapids, Ottawa, Ontario – KAP 2013-21 – May 1, 2013 to see more images from this session.

Images from this session are available for licensing through Latitude Image, a stock photography agency specializing in aerial stock images. Click the website gallery link above for more information.

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Aerial photos of the Ottawa River on display at the offices of Ottawa Riverkeeper

I have recently been invited to display 5 photographs in the entranceway to the offices of the Ottawa Riverkeeper – ottawariverkeeper.ca
These are kite aerial phographs of the Ottawa River. This exhibit will be on display for a six month period, to the end of May.

The offices are above Trailhead on the third floor. So the next time you drop by the Trailhead store, go through the office entrance at the left and up to the third floor to room 301.
Nov 20, 2012 to approx. May 31, 2013
Ottawa Riverkeeper
301-1960 Scott Street
Ottawa, ON
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Here are the 5 images on display (captions courtesy of Alexandra Brett of the Ottawa Riverkeeper):

Chaudiere Falls aerial panorama including the former E.B. Eddy property, the city of Gatineau across the Ottawa River and the Parliament Buildings in the distance at the top right.

The view across the Ottawa River at the former E.B. Eddy paper mill shows the once-thundering Chaudière Falls tamed by dams and diversions. Over 60 m wide, and with a drop of 15 m, the falls powered the growth of Hull (seen across the river) and the City of Ottawa from 1800 onward. Two hydro stations still operate on Chaudière Falls.
April 25, 2010.
18” x 36” Framed Print

Aerial panorama photograph of Lemieux Island and the Prince of Wales Railroad Bridge, Ottawa River.

The City of Ottawa draws its drinking water from the Ottawa River. The Lemieux Island Plant, seen here, is one of two water-treatment facilities run by the City. Ottawa’s drinking water is rated as some of the safest in the world, but damage to the river caused by sewage, pollution, dams and shoreline destruction put our drinking water at risk.
April 25, 2010.
18” x 36” Framed Print

Rugged shoreline in winter at Deschenes Rapids near Aylmer, Quebec. This is the Ottawa River, near Ottawa, Ontario. This picture was taken from a camera rig suspended below a kite (Kite Aerial Photography - KAP).

Over 90% of a river’s life depends on the first few metres next to the shore, the area most likely to be damaged by riverside development. Maintaining natural shorelines with trees and shrubs – as seen here at Deschênes Rapids – helps stabilize banks and protect the river from pollutants and sediment in storm water.
March 23, 2008.
16” x 20” Framed Print

Sailboats at Rest - Aerial view of sailboats at Nepean Sailing Club at Dick Bell Park in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Cropped from a larger image.  This picture was taken from a camera rig suspended below a kite (Kite Aerial Photography - KAP).

The Ottawa River hosts 10 yacht clubs in the Ottawa-Gatineau region alone. Canoes, kayaks, power boats – even Olympic-class rowing shells – also ply the river’s many reaches and bays. Here, sailboats at Nepean Sailing Club in Ottawa’s west end quietly await their next regatta.
May 24, 2008.
16” x 20” Framed Print

'Round the Point - Aerial photograph of a sailboat passing Pinhey's Point Heritage Property and Public Park on the Ottawa River.

A sailboat on the Ottawa River passes Pinhey’s Point, part of Pinhey’s Point Historical Site. The estate, built in 1820 by Hamnett Kirkes Pinhey, has been preserved as a museum. The Ottawa River is home to 8 national historic sites and numerous pioneer villages, interpretive centres, community museums and historic houses.
November 9, 2011
24″ x 36″ Framed Canvas Print

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Shoreline at Deschenes Rapids

New in my Getty Images portfolio:
Overhead view of the rugged shoreline in winter at Deschenes Rapids near Aylmer, Quebec. This image was taken using a camera suspended below a kite line – Kite Aerial Photography (KAP). The person in the picture is yours truly, flying the kite (the kite line has been removed in photoshop).

Overhead view of the rugged shoreline in winter at Deschenes Rapids near Aylmer, Quebec.

Click on image to go to the same image in my Getty Images portfolio.
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KAP 2008-22: Britannia Yacht Club, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. May 2, 2008.

The images in this post and in the related gallery on my website were taken during World Wide KAP Weekend which occurred May 2-5, 2008. This event was organized by the international Kite Aerial Photography community. More information about this group can be found in the Kite Aerial Photography photo pool on Flickr as well as the KAP Discussion Forum.

A book which includes 4 images from each participant has been published and is available at blurb.com

This was the second of 4 locations that I chose to photograph during this event (See also KAP 2008-21, KAP 2008-23, KAP 2008-24).
This session took place at the Britannia Yacht Club on the Ottawa River, Ottawa, Ontario. This is at Deschênes Rapids, on the opposite side of the Ottawa River to the community of Deschênes, where KAP 2008-15 was done. As it is still early May, the snow has only just disappeared and the boats are still in their winter storage locations. Some have been uncovered and owners are starting to do their spring tune-ups and upkeep. Several owners have parked their cars beside their boats.

Britannia Yacht Club. Pre- season at Britannia Yacht Club in Ottawa Ontario, Canada.

Britannia Yacht Club. Pre- season at Britannia Yacht Club in Ottawa Ontario, Canada. This picture was taken from a camera rig suspended below a kite (Kite Aerial Photography - KAP).

Boats in winter storage.

Boats in winter storage. Britannia Yacht Club. Pre- season at Britannia Yacht Club in Ottawa Ontario, Canada. This picture was taken from a camera rig suspended below a kite (Kite Aerial Photography - KAP).

Deschênes Rapids.

Deschênes Rapids, Britannia Yacht Club. Pre- season at Britannia Yacht Club in Ottawa Ontario, Canada. This picture was taken from a camera rig suspended below a kite (Kite Aerial Photography - KAP).

Overhead shot of docks at Britannia Yacht Club.

Docks at Britannia Yacht Club. Pre- season at Britannia Yacht Club in Ottawa Ontario, Canada. This picture was taken from a camera rig suspended below a kite (Kite Aerial Photography - KAP).

Another overhead shot of docks at Britannia Yacht Club.

Overhead shot of docks at Britannia Yacht Club. Pre- season at Britannia Yacht Club in Ottawa Ontario, Canada. This picture was taken from a camera rig suspended below a kite (Kite Aerial Photography - KAP).

Self-portrait. Britannia Yacht Club.

Self-portrait. Britannia Yacht Club. Pre- season at Britannia Yacht Club in Ottawa Ontario, Canada. This picture was taken from a camera rig suspended below a kite (Kite Aerial Photography - KAP).

You can see additional pictures from my KAP 2008-22 outing in the Kite Aerial Photography Gallery on my website.

KAP 2008-15: Deschênes Rapids on the Ottawa River near Aylmer Québec, Canada. March 23, 2008.

The Deschênes Rapids are in the Ottawa River at the community of Deschênes near Aylmer, Québec. This is directly across the river from Britannia at the yacht club and the filtration plant near Mud Lake. There are some ruins in the rapids between the Quebec shoreline and the large island. These ruins are a popular photographic spot as well as a place for whitewater kayaking (beside the ruins, not through them since there are apparently dangerous hazards including metal rebar). This KAP outing (kite aerial photography) took place from the shoreline near the ruins on the Quebec side of the river.

These are the ruins in the Deschenes Rapids near Aylmer, Quebec. This is a downstream view to the east of the Ottawa River, with some of suburban Ottawa in the background on the Ontario side of the river:

The ruins at Deschenes Rapids in the Ottawa River,

These are the Deschenes Rapids, divided by a large island and extending across to the Ontario side at Britannia Yacht Club:

Deschenes Rapids in the Ottawa River.

Rugged shoreline in winter at Deschenes Rapids near Aylmer, Quebec. This is the Ottawa River, near Ottawa, Ontario. Self-portrait plus a piece of the kite line:

Rugged shoreline of the Ottawa River at Deschenes Rapids.

This is a view of the Ottawa River looking westwards (upstream) from high overhead the Deschenes Rapids:

Ottawa River looking westward (upstream) from the Deschenes Rapids.

You can see additional pictures from my KAP 2008-15 outing in the Kite Aerial Photography Gallery on my website.