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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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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New Greeting Card Store

I have upgraded my greeting card store and I now use the Ottawa-based success story Shopify as the platform from which I sell cards online. Check out my mail order card series at:

https://shop.robhuntley.ca/

Barn on Mill Pond, Waba Creek - Greeting Card

Barn on Mill Pond, Waba Creek – Greeting Card

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Overflight Stock – Aerial Stock Photography

Overflight Stock - Aerial Photography

I’m happy to report that I have teamed up with a new Canadian aerial stock photography company named Overflight Stock. It has been launched by Peter Chigmaroff, a professional stock photographer/videographer with over 25 years of experience producing stock content for many of the world’s top libraries. Depending upon the image, Overflight Stock offers both exclusive and non-exclusive licensing, rights managed and royalty free, aerial stock photography and videography.

I have started to upload to the site and a few of my kite aerial photography images have started to appear, such as the one below of spring thaw on Lake Superior. Regional indexing of the site will be enhanced as the volume of stock photography for each region increases. For now my work is simply listed under the general heading of  “Canada Stock Photos“. Search “Rob Huntley” to find my small but growing collection.

Visit www.overflightstock.com when you have aerial stock photography requirements.

Stock aerial photo. It is early May and there is still ice covering sheltered portions of Lake Superior. This is near the mouth of the Montreal River. Click To View Location

Stock aerial photo. It is early May and there is still ice covering sheltered portions of Lake Superior. This is near the mouth of the Montreal River.

 

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KAP 2015-8 – Montreal River, Ontario

Lake Superior at the mouth of the Montreal River.

Lake Superior at the mouth of the Montreal River.

This kite aerial photography (KAP) session took place about 3 days into my journey west which had been planned as a 30-day photographic trip to the west coast and return to Ottawa via the USA. However, a day or two after this I suffered intense back pain which I sustained while my friend, Ted Welch, drove the rest of the way to Victoria, B.C. Subsequently I had two long stays in hospital, 9 days in Victoria and 8 days in Ottawa following surgery. Needless to say, this was not how my summer had been planned.

Here we were at the Montreal River, near the community of Montreal River Harbour. The river empties into Lake Superior at the Twilight Resort. I thank Dan Miles of Twilight Resort for allowing us access to his property in the off-season in order to take these pictures. Unfortunately the wind dropped not long after I put the kite in the air. Only a few nice shots were captured during this time. I would have liked to get more altitude to get a better perspective of the river entering the lake and to get a shot with the whole resort in a single frame.
Here is the Facebook page of Twilight Resort: https://www.facebook.com/TwilightResort

Visit my website gallery Montreal River, Ontario – KAP 2015-8 to see more images from this session.

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KAP 2015-9 – Karen’s Place

Karen's hobby farm. The main buildings and paddocks.

Karen’s hobby farm. The main buildings and paddocks.

My sister, Karen, purchased a home/hobby farm in the country near Spencerville, Ontario this year. Karen owns one horse and currently boards 3 more.

After another long break from Kite Aerial Photography, again due to back issues, I went to my sister’s place for Thanksgiving and decided it was time to get out the kite gear. Having had back surgery this summer it was with some caution that I approached this task. I had my niece, Stephanie, by my side so I could hand over if I needed to. She also helped with setting up the kite and holding the line while I mounted the camera rig. Things went well as far as my back was concerned with squatting to assemble the kite being the most difficult task. It was a gusty day and there were tall trees in the direction I was flying. A few nose-dives had me sweating while taking flight recovery measures. The camera was swinging to and fro but in spite of this I came away with a few good images of Karen’s property.

 

Karen's hobby farm from a distance.

Karen’s hobby farm from a distance.

Visit my website gallery Karen’s Place – KAP 2015-9 to see more images from this session.

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KAP 2015-1 – Lemieux Island, Ottawa

I have had a 16 month hiatus from kite aerial photography …. I’m happy to say “I’m Back”.

This first session of 2015 was actually a commission job and I’m not showing the client’s photos. The images I’ve put on my website are byproducts of the session resulting from the great location. Had there been time after the ‘job’ I would have done more shots of the bridge, the park and the Ottawa skyline. However, strong gusts kicked up that prevented me from doing more. Additional images from this session can be viewed on my website (link under the photograph).

The image here shows the Prince of Wales Railroad Bridge. There are two sections to the bridge. This is the section which goes from Lemieux Island at the bottom to the Quebec shore (Gatineau) to the left and top. The rail line runs approximately 200 metres on the eastern edge of the island and then there is a second section of bridge connecting the island to the Ontario shore (Ottawa). The bridge has been out of use for some time but is now under consideration as part of the developing LRT (Light Rail Transit) for the city.

Prince of Wales Railroad Bridge, Ottawa, Ontario.

Visit my website gallery Lemieux Island, Ottawa – KAP 2015-1 to view more images from this session.

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