West End Studio Tour 2016

Guanajuato, Mexico

Guanajuato, Mexico

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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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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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Lavender at Prince Edward County Lavender Farm near Hillier, Ontario.

Lavender at Prince Edward County Lavender Farm near Hillier, Ontario.

This photograph was taken at Prince Edward County Lavender, near Hillier, Ontario.

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KAP 2013-8 – Parliament Hill and Downtown Ottawa from Victoria Island – March 23, 2013

Downtown Ottawa from Victoria Island. Parliament buildings on the left and the Supreme Court on the right with the semi-frozen Ottawa River below.

Downtown Ottawa from Victoria Island. Parliament buildings on the left and the Supreme Court on the right with the semi-frozen Ottawa River below.

Back to the land of snow and ice after a wonderful month of February in Australia. Recently I have made a couple of attempts to KAP the Wakefield bridge without any success so a couple of weeks have elapsed without succeeding with any kite aerial photography. Finally a nice day arrived to do some work with the Parliament buildings and the still frozen landscape. Here are some of the shots from this session.

Downtown Ottawa from Victoria Island. The Supreme Court with the semi-frozen Ottawa River below. Cliff Street Heating Plant.

Downtown Ottawa from Victoria Island. The Supreme Court with the semi-frozen Ottawa River below. Cliff Street Heating Plant.

Cliff Street Heating Plant. Downtown Ottawa from Victoria Island.

Cliff Street Heating Plant. Downtown Ottawa from Victoria Island.

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

Visit my website gallery Parliament Hill and Downtown Ottawa from Victoria Island – KAP 2013-8 – March 23, 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 2013-23 – Rideau Falls, Ottawa, Ontario – May 3, 2013

Rideau Falls, where the Rideau River empties into the Ottawa River. Ottawa, Ontario.

Rideau Falls, where the Rideau River empties into the Ottawa River. Ottawa, Ontario.

Rideau Falls are where the Rideau River empties into the Ottawa River, nearby the old City Hall on Sussex Drive not far from downtown Ottawa.

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

Visit my website gallery Rideau Falls, Ottawa, Ontario – KAP 2013-23 – May 3, 2013 to see more images from this session.

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