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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Kites On White – 3

I have recently added this image to my storefront at Fine Art America.  It is for sale as an art print, canvas print, poster or greeting card. Sales are direct through Fine Art America who handle all arrangements, manufacture and shipping.

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Kites on White - 3

Kites on White – 3

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Getty Additions – 4 Images from Windscape Kite Festival

New in my Getty Images portfolio:

Four of my images taken of (not from) kites at the Windscape Kite Festival 2011. For part of the weekend, conditions were too windy for me to do Kite Aerial Photography at the festival, so I spent the time doing “terrestrial”, from-the-ground shots of other kites and fliers. Recently, four of these images were selected by Getty Images for inclusion in their catalogue for exclusive licensing by them.

Stunt kite at the Windscape Kite Festival 2011

Stunt kite at the Windscape Kite Festival 2011

Stunt kite at the Windscape Kite Festival 2011

Stunt kite at the Windscape Kite Festival 2011

Two kites at the Windscape Kite Festival 2011

Two kites at the Windscape Kite Festival 2011

Group of Revolution kites (Rev kites) at the Windscape Kite Festival 2011

Group of Revolution kites (Rev kites) at the Windscape Kite Festival 2011

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Windscape Kite Festival – 2011

Earlier I reported on the “aerial” part of my involvement at the 2011 Windscape Kite Festival. See KAP 2011-7 – Windscape Kite Festival – Swift Current, Saskatchewan – June 25 & 26, 2011. I mentioned that after the first morning I had to abandon my own kiting efforts (doing Kite Aerial Photography) but I substituted some ground-based photography of the people and the kites. Finally I have processed these images and I have placed almost 200 of them in a Windscape Kite Festival 2011 gallery on my website as well as in a Facebook album.

Here are a couple of the images, but please visit my website gallery or the Facebook album to have a good look.

The 2011 Windscape Kite Festival banner and a rev kite

The 2011 Windscape Kite Festival banner and a rev kite

The 2011 Windscape Kite Festival in Swift Current, Saskatchewan.

The 2011 Windscape Kite Festival in Swift Current, Saskatchewan.

The 2011 Windscape Kite Festival in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. June 26, 2011.

Rev Riders plus. Scott Weider, Rich Comras, Steve Rovida, Lisa Willoughby, Spence Watson

Rev Riders plus. Scott Weider, Rich Comras, Steve Rovida, Lisa Willoughby, Spence Watson

Rev Kites of the Rev Riders at the Windscape Kite Festival 2011

Rev Kites of the Rev Riders at the Windscape Kite Festival 2011

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KAP 2011-7 – Windscape Kite Festival – Swift Current, Saskatchewan – June 25 & 26, 2011

The Windscape Kite Festival is an annual event held in Swift Current Saskatchewan. Each year a number of “specialty” kite flyers are invited and I was one of the chosen to demonstrate Kite Aerial Photography (KAP). I was also given a display area for a number of my prints and I donated a print to the Silent Auction. I was grateful for the all expenses paid mini-holiday to go fly my aerial photography gear and the chance to meet the other brands of specialty kite flyers. I was also asked to offer back to the organizers a few aerial shots of the proceedings for possible use in future year’s publicity campaign.

The Saturday morning the winds were fairly strong but I managed to do some Kite Aerial Photography. Since I couldn’t be sure that the weather was going to co-operate all weekend for aerial photography, I quickly dashed around to do as many overall perspective shots as I could so that my obligations to provide photography to the organizers could be fulfilled. In the end I was thankful I had done that because from Saturday lunch time to the end of festival the wind was too strong for many forms of kite flying. I tried briefly Sunday afternoon but could hardly hold onto the gear and after a few shots I had to abandon the Sunday session. The only people flying by that time were the stunt kite people who could just manage to use their kites in such conditions.

I used the non-flying time to answer questions about KAP and also to do some ground based photography of celebrity kiters and kites themselves. I’ll post some of these shots in another gallery in the near future.

This gallery contains the aerial shots that I took the Saturday morning of the festival and one shot that I managed in the five minute Sunday afternoon flight.

Many thanks to the Windscape Kite Festival organizers for the invitation.

These low-level aerial images were taken from a camera suspended below a kite line (Kite Aerial Photography – KAP).

Aerial view of the Windscape Kite Festival 2011 - Swift Current, Saskatchewan.

Aerial view of the Windscape Kite Festival 2011 - Swift Current, Saskatchewan.

Inflatable Owl Kite at the Windscape Kite Festival 2011 - Swift Current, Saskatchewan.

Inflatable Owl Kite at the Windscape Kite Festival 2011 - Swift Current, Saskatchewan.

Aerial downward looking view of a large kite being readied for flight in front of one of the flyers tents. Windscape Kite Festival 2011 - Swift Current, Saskatchewan.

Aerial downward looking view of a large kite being readied for flight in front of one of the flyers tents. Windscape Kite Festival 2011 - Swift Current, Saskatchewan.

Striped tent. Overhead straight-down aerial view of the food and concert tent at the Windscape Kite Festival 2011 - Swift Current, Saskatchewan.

Striped tent. Overhead straight-down aerial view of the food and concert tent at the Windscape Kite Festival 2011 - Swift Current, Saskatchewan.

You can see additional pictures in the Kite Aerial Photography Gallery – Windscape Kite Festival – Swift Current, Saskatchewan – June 25 & 26, 2011.

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South Saskatchewan River – Postcard

Here’s my new postcard design of the South Saskatchewan River near Outlook, Saskatchewan. The photograph was taken from Skytrail, the longest pedestrian bridge in Canada. Skytrail is a key segment of the Trans Canada Trail and is a popular location for birdwatching.

The postcard is offered for sale in my Zazzle store. Click on the postcard to go straight to page.

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