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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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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