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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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.
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Rubber Duckies Annual Race For Charity

I don’t think this race is run any more in the Ottawa area but I have seen it elsewhere. This shot was taken as a print, before the digital days. I scanned it some time ago but I have since reworked it with some digital tweaking in PhotoShop.

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Rubber Duckies Annual Race for Charity

Rubber Duckies Annual Race for Charity

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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.

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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.

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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.

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KAP 2013-14 – Pugwash, Nova Scotia – April 22, 2013

Aerial photograph. Pugwash, Nova Scotia

Aerial photograph. Pugwash, Nova Scotia

Pugwash is a small village on the Northumberland Strait shore of Nova Scotia. Many years ago our family had a short holiday at a friend’s cottage not too far from Pugwash and this town was the local hub for essential supplies. It is also the home of one of the Windsor Salt salt mines.

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

Aerial photograph. Salt mine of Windsor Salt. Pugwash, Nova Scotia

Aerial photograph. Salt mine of Windsor Salt. Pugwash, Nova Scotia

Aerial photograph. Pugwash Basin and Pugwash Harbour - Pugwash, Nova Scotia

Aerial photograph. Pugwash Basin and Pugwash Harbour – Pugwash, Nova Scotia

Aerial photograph. Pugwash Basin - Pugwash, Nova Scotia

Aerial photograph. Pugwash Basin – Pugwash, Nova Scotia

Visit my website gallery Pugwash, Nova Scotia – KAP 2013-14 – April 22, 2013 to see more images from this session.

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