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 2013-9 – Prospect, Nova Scotia – April 1, 2013

Aerial photograph of Prospect, Nova Scotia

Aerial photograph of Prospect, Nova Scotia

I love the setting of this village. Winter has just left the area making the much of the terrain look dead. I’m sure a much different picture can be obtained in the summer and the winter. I hope to return at other times of year.

A big thank-you goes out to Bill Wilson, a Halifax area Flickr contact, for helping me resolve equipment issues in order to get this session done. Two days earlier I had been to Peggy’s Cove and here to Prospect. The winds were very strong that day but with the attitude “You don’t get if you don’t try” I boldly set up to fly at both places. At Peggy’s Cove I regretted the move in having a major fight to bring the kite back down. Later, at Prospect, thinking the wind had dropped a bit, I proceeded to snap the horizontal spar of my FLED while in the process of setting up when a gust set the kite out of control with only a metre of line out. I almost always carry spare spars when travelling, but not on this occasion when I was only in Halifax for a few days. Bill responded to my pleas and helped me out with what I needed. Thus, here I was back at Prospect with a repaired kite and ideal KAP conditions.

Aerial photograph of a lobster fisherman checking traps at Prospect, Nova Scotia.

Aerial photograph of a lobster fisherman checking traps at Prospect, Nova Scotia.

Aerial view of a lobster boat at Prospect, Nova Scotia

Aerial view of a lobster boat at Prospect, Nova Scotia

Aerial photographh of the rocky shoreline at Prospect, Nova Scotia

Aerial photographh of the rocky shoreline at Prospect, Nova Scotia

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

Visit my website gallery Prospect, Nova Scotia – KAP 2013-9 – April 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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Kite Aerial Photography of Alma, New Brunswick – KAP 2013-10

The village of Alma, New Brunswick at the eastern end of Fundy National Park. It is located at the delta of the Upper Salmon River which runs into the Bay of Fundy.

The village of Alma, New Brunswick at the eastern end of Fundy National Park. It is located at the delta of the Upper Salmon River which runs into the Bay of Fundy.

Alma, New Brunswick is a small village at the mouth of the Upper Salmon River which empties into the Bay of Fundy in the Atlantic Ocean. Alma is found at the eastern entrance to the Fundy National Park. This session took place on April 13, 2010 as I passed through New Brunswick en route to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

I discovered at the outset of this trip that the video component of my aerial transmitter was broken. Consequently I had to shoot this session blind, just estimating the angle and direction of the camera and taking additional shots to increase the likelihood of getting the compositions I aim for. This is how I KAPped for the first two years (2008 – 2009) but now I have grown accustomed to the luxury of video feedback. Video feedback gives you the ability to adjust your aim and thus increase the likelihood of success. With this in mind, I consider this one of those sessions where things went rather well and I was happy with the images. Of course it is early spring (with a late winter storm behind my back as I travel east towards Halifax, Nova Scotia). Consequently the grass is brown and drab looking. It might be nice to return when things are greener, but when you KAP while travelling you do the best with what you’ve got. Besides, from a documentary standpoint there’s merit in seeing what a place looks like from the air in mid-April; like it or not. It would also be interesting to return at low tide as the tides in the Bay of Fundy are very significant and the views of the river and coastline from the air should be quite different.

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

An aerial view into the Bay of Fundy National Park from high over Alma, New Brunswick. The village is at the eastern end of Fundy National Park. It is located at the delta of the Upper Salmon River which runs into the Bay of Fundy.

An aerial view into the Bay of Fundy National Park from high over Alma, New Brunswick. The village is at the eastern end of Fundy National Park. It is located at the delta of the Upper Salmon River which runs into the Bay of Fundy.

Aerial photograph of the Upper Salmon River as it enters the Bay of Fundy between the village of Alma, New Brunswick on the right and Fundy National Park on the left.

Aerial photograph of the Upper Salmon River as it enters the Bay of Fundy between the village of Alma, New Brunswick on the right and Fundy National Park on the left.

Visit my website gallery Alma, New Brunswick – KAP2013-10 Gallery 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 2012-4 & KAP 2012-5 – Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico

Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Offshore islands. Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Offshore islands. Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

I did two kite aerial photography sessions several days apart at opposite ends of the beach named Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico. Playa El Palmar is the nearest beach to Casa Candiles, the Bed and Breakfast where we stayed during our vacation. The B&B is about 10 minutes walk from the public access near the south end of the beach (beside the Barcelo Hotel). There are no small hotels or B&Bs on the beach as you will see from the photographs. The buildings are large hotels and condominium complexes.

These images were obtained using a camera suspended below a kite line (Kite Aerial Photography – KAP). Each of the two sessions was with autoKAP, whereby the camera was triggered every 8 to 10 seconds while making a stepwise slow 360 degree rotation. The wind was not strong enough to lift my fully remote-controlled rig.

During the first session on February 16, 2012, I explored the southern end of the beach with my aerial camera. Photos from that session can be viewed in the KAP 2012-4 Gallery.

The second session was on February 22, 2010 and I explored the northern end of the beach, including Marina Ixtapa which is somewhat inland and connected to the Pacific Ocean by a channel. Photos from the second session can be viewed in the KAP 2012-5 Gallery.

In this posting I have included a mix of photos from the two sessions. All of these images are in an around Playa El Palmar.

Hotel Barcelo. Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Hotel Barcelo. Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Marina Ixtapa. Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Marina Ixtapa. Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Photographer on the beach. Yours truly, just a speck on the beach. Kite line is visible in this image. Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Photographer on the beach. Yours truly, just a speck on the beach. Kite line is visible in this image. Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

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KAP 2012-3 – Barra de Potosi, Mexico

Aerial photograph of Mexico's Pacific Coast at Barra de Potosi.

Aerial photograph of Mexico's Pacific Coast at Barra de Potosi.

While on vacation in Ixtapa, Mexico, the owner of our Bed & Breakfast, Casa Candiles, took us on a couple of field trips. One of these was to Barra de Potosi, about a 1/2 hour’s drive south along the Pacific Coast from Ixtapa – Zihuatanejo. We planned to have a few hours there doing beach stuff and having lunch at one of the many beachside restaurants. It gave me time to fly kites as well as explore with my SLR. I did the terrestrial camera work first because I wanted to check out where would be best for catching the breeze for my aerial photography later. The exploration also gave me an idea of what I might target on once the camera gear was in the air. As the breeze was minimal, I was limited to autoKAP, meaning that I did not have remote control over the aerial camera equipment. Instead the camera shoots by itself periodically while making small rotations to change the view.

This is an assortment of images that were taken either with my earthbound SLR or with my kite aerial photography equipment. More images from the kite aerial photography session can be viewed in my KAP 2012-3 – Barra de Potosi, Mexico Gallery. More images from the terrestrial walk-about can be seen in the Barra de Potosi Gallery in the main Mexico section on my website.

The aerial images were taken from a camera suspended below a kite line (Kite Aerial Photography – KAP).

Aerial photograph. Beached boats at Barra de Potosi, Mexico.

Aerial photograph. Beached boats at Barra de Potosi, Mexico.

Aerial photograph. The lagoon at Barra de Potosi, Mexico.

Aerial photograph. The lagoon at Barra de Potosi, Mexico.

White heron standing on the gunwale of a fishing boat at Barra de Potosi, Mexico.

White heron standing on the gunwale of a fishing boat at Barra de Potosi, Mexico.

Detail of two small boats at Barra de Potosi, Mexico.

Detail of two small boats at Barra de Potosi, Mexico.

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KAP 2008-56 – Fisherman’s Cove, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Fisherman's Cove, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Fisherman's Cove, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

This Kite Aerial Photography session took place over three years ago on October 19th, 2008. Up to now I haven’t mentioned the session in my blog although I did post a few images on flickr. Now I have processed more images and added them to the gallery on my website. Here are a few to whet your appetite.

Boondock's Restaurant, Fisherman's Cove, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Boondock's Restaurant, Fisherman's Cove, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Fisherman's Cove, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Fisherman's Cove, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Aerial photograph of Fisherman's Cove in Dartmouth Nova Scotia. Photographer and kite line are visible in this image.

Aerial photograph of Fisherman's Cove in Dartmouth Nova Scotia. Photographer and kite line are visible in this image.

You can see additional pictures in the Kite Aerial Photography Gallery – KAP 2008-56: Fisherman’s Cove, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia – October 19, 2008.

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