Kite Aerial Photography Presentation – at ARTiculate

A Walk on the Beach. Kite Aerial Photography by Rob Huntley.

A Walk on the Beach. Kite Aerial Photography by Rob Huntley.

 I have been asked to do a presentation of my photography, and in particular my kite aerial photography, at the November 19, 2014 (7:00 pm) meeting of ARTiculate.
 ARTiculate is presented by the West Carleton Arts Society (WCAS). These “fireside” artist talks take place on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.
 St Paul’s United Church, 3760 Carp Rd. parking & entrance at the back.). 
 Check the Facebook Event Page or go to the WCAS web site for more information.

 

 

 

 

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Kites On White – 3

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Kites on White - 3

Kites on White – 3

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String of Kites

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String of Kites

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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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KAP 2013-20 – Spencerville Mill, Spencerville, Ontario – May 1, 2013

Aerial photograph. Spencerville Mill. A heritage gristmill on the South Nation River in Spencerville, Ontario.

Aerial photograph. Spencerville Mill. A heritage gristmill on the South Nation River in Spencerville, Ontario.

Spencerville is a small village in eastern Ontario, less than an hour’s drive from Ottawa. It is just north of Prescott and adjacent to Highway 416. It sits on the South Nation River.

I went to Spencerville for the first time about a month prior to this session. I was delivering three prints which I had entered in a juried photography competition/exhibit at the ArtScene Gallery located on Spencer Street (the main street) in Spencerville. Passing the Spencerville Mill, which I had checked out first on Google Earth, I decided that this was a good place for a KAP session. After the delivery I tried to fly my ROK but the wind was very strong and gusty (perfect direction though) so I had to abandon without having attached the camera.

When the photography show ended (I received 2nd place for Walk on the Beach by the way) I went back to retrieve my prints along with friend, and part-time KAP assistant, Ted Welch. You can barely make us out in the second image (and images 4 & 5 on my website), where Ted is playing with a resident’s dog. I believe the KAP assistant’s job description says “… while keeping distracting or dangerous interference away from the photographer”. The wind was much better this time except blowing from the south and parallel to the river which would have been my second favourite choice. Nevertheless the KAP session went ahead using my FLED kite and the results are quite worthwhile. There is another angle of the mill that I would like to try which requires wind from the west or alternatively getting access to private property on the opposite side of the river. The location also warrants summer and winter aerial photography.

Aerial photograph. Spencerville Mill. A heritage gristmill on the South Nation River in Spencerville, Ontario.

Aerial photograph. Spencerville Mill. A heritage gristmill on the South Nation River in Spencerville, Ontario.

Aerial photograph. Countryside beside the South Nation River at Spencerville, Ontario.

Aerial photograph. Countryside beside the South Nation River at Spencerville, Ontario.

These photographs were taken using a remote-controlled camera suspended below a kite line (Kite Aerial Photography – KAP).

Visit my website gallery Spencerville Mill, Spencerville, Ontario – KAP 2013-20 – 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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KAP 2013-18 – Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, Québec – April 24, 2013

Aerial photograph, Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, Quebec (formerly Cabano).

Aerial photograph, Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, Quebec (formerly Cabano).

I was looking for a park off the highway to eat a sandwich before continuing the drive home. I pulled off at Cabano, Québec, a town I had not previously visited. Although much of the signage reads Cabano, I have since discovered that the two villages of Cabano and Notre-Dame-du-Lac were merged in 2010 to become Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac. I found a very large park on the lakefront, Parc Clair Soleil, and had my lunch. At ground-level there were traces of snow and much brown dead-looking grass which might be less than inspiring to a snap-shooter on vacation but beyond that I saw a beautiful half-frozen lake, an intriguing small mountain on the other side of the lake, a lighthouse, a wonderful streaky sky, an interesting layout of storefronts and a park with plenty of room for kite-flyers to go wild. So, out came the gear and here are some of the better images from the session.

Aerial photograph, Lighthouse on Lac Témiscouata, Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, Quebec (formerly Cabano).

Aerial photograph, Lighthouse on Lac Témiscouata, Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, Quebec (formerly Cabano).

Aerial photograph, Parc Clair Soleil, Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, Quebec (formerly Cabano).

Aerial photograph, Parc Clair Soleil, Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, Quebec (formerly Cabano).

These photographs were taken using a remote-controlled camera suspended below a kite line (Kite Aerial Photography – KAP).

Visit my website gallery Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, Québec – KAP 2013-18 – April 24, 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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KAP 2013-17 – Amherst, Nova Scotia – April 23, 2013

Aerial photographof wind turbines near Amherst, Nova Scotia. The Trans-Canada highway runs in front of the turbines. The fields are turf in spring, Maritime Sod Ltd.

Aerial photograph of wind turbines near Amherst, Nova Scotia. The Trans-Canada highway runs in front of the turbines. The fields are turf in spring, Maritime Sod Ltd.

Anyone who has recently travelled to Nova Scotia on the Trans-Canada Highway has seen the wind farm at Amherst, Nova Scotia which is at the border between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. In fact, the Nova Scotia visitor’s centre is a good place for viewing them. I chose to wander the dirt roads on the opposite side of the highway, which is part of the area used by Maritime Sod Ltd. for growing lawn turf. My shots of the turbines are quite distant but benefit from a foreground of rows of sod fields and the trans-canada highway itself. Also, I believe that one or two of my shots actually have all the wind turbines in the image which is another benefit from shooting from afar. I would like to get closer shots someday, and it would be interesting in the summer when the sod has turned green.

Aerial photographof wind turbines near Amherst, Nova Scotia.

Aerial photograph of wind turbines near Amherst, Nova Scotia.

Aerial photograph. Amherst, Nova Scotia. The fields are turf in spring, Maritime Sod Ltd.

Aerial photograph. Amherst, Nova Scotia. The fields are turf in spring, Maritime Sod Ltd.

These photographs were taken using a remote-controlled camera suspended below a kite line (Kite Aerial Photography – KAP).

Visit my website gallery Amherst, Nova Scotia – KAP 2013-17 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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KAP 2013-16 – Confederation Bridge, New Brunswick – April 22, 2013

Confederation Bridge at sunset. Aerial photograph at the New Brunswick end of the Confederation Bridge.

Confederation Bridge at sunset. Aerial photograph at the New Brunswick end of the Confederation Bridge.

The Confederation Bridge joins Prince Edward Island with New Brunswick.

I had pondered the idea of doing kite aerial photography at sunset at the Confederation Bridge during this whole trip out east. I was heading in the right direction during my previous session (see KAP 2013-15) a few kilometers down the coast. However, having had such a poor time the with lack of wind, I arrived at the bridge expecting to just do some tripod shots while scoping the site out for a potential future KAP session. As the sun was quickly disappearing and I was standing over my tripod-mounted SLR it suddenly hit me ….. literally! WIND! What was I doing with my tripod when I had ideal conditions for KAPping the bridge. Time was of the essence as I ran back to the car, grabbed my FLED kite and camera rig and dashed back to the west side of the bridge. The angle of the wind was perfect to send the kite diagonally away from the bridge and over the water.

Realizing that I had only 10 to 15 minutes of light I exercised poor judgement in assuming that the bright light reflecting from the bridge would require my normal daylight settings on the camera. In hindsight I should have taken a few extra seconds to check. I sent the camera quite high first and then brought it down for lower shots. With no video feedback (video downlink broken for this trip) I failed to realize that a) the exposure setting was too low and b) initially the high flying camera had spun itself around to the opposite direction. When I brought the camera down a bit to do some lower aspect shots I realized it was pointing the wrong way and corrected it. But by now I was underexposing my shots by more than two stops.

The results, after trying to improve exposure in photoshop, are very grainy images of the bridge. The images of the sunset are not too bad, but those were not my objective. Only a couple of the bridge shots are good enough to illustrate what a beautiful subject I was dealing with.

Live and learn!

Confederation Bridge at sunset. Aerial photograph at the New Brunswick end of the Confederation Bridge.

Confederation Bridge at sunset. Aerial photograph at the New Brunswick end of the Confederation Bridge.

Aerial photograph of the sunset from the vantage point of high above the Confederation Bridge. The New Brunswick end of the Confederation Bridge.

Aerial photograph of the sunset from the vantage point of high above the Confederation Bridge. The New Brunswick end of the Confederation Bridge.

These photographs were taken using a remote-controlled camera suspended below a kite line (Kite Aerial Photography – KAP).

Visit my website gallery Confederation Bridge, New Brunswick – KAP 2013-16 – April 22, 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
K1Z 8L8

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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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

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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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