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Re: Kite Aided Photography
« Reply #15 on: August 19, 2011, 03:26:44 PM »
A little more wind this afternoon so went down again, the first lesson I have learned is that you cant attach the camera until the kite is strongly flying in constant wind. Up it went almost pulling my arm of at times so I attached the rig and sent it up another 50 feet or so. I have to adjust the camera so that it points a bit higher, mostly all I have is a nice view of the football field but I am in a few so here is one just to prove the method does work, I will get better as time goes by and produce much more interesting shots :Tupi: c'mon wind.
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Re: Kite Aided Photography
« Reply #16 on: August 19, 2011, 05:10:28 PM »
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Re: Kite Aided Photography
« Reply #17 on: August 19, 2011, 05:32:47 PM »
  If anyone wants me, I'll be in the shed.
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Re: Kite Aided Photography
« Reply #18 on: August 19, 2011, 07:11:33 PM »
What a great idea.  :idea:

I used to fly radio controlled planes a few years ago, and still toying with the idea of using a electric powered glider for this sort of stuff.  (electric power to take the plane up, and then switch off the motor, prop folds away when stopped)

Now that cameras are so light and compact these days, this should be really easy to do. 

Bob, does that shutter servo have a limiter (or servo saver) on it, or does it just keep trying to push on the shutter button all the time the stick is moved??   
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Re: Kite Aided Photography
« Reply #19 on: August 19, 2011, 07:30:04 PM »
Hi Mick, the shutter servo is set so that it just presses the button enough to operate it, the trim on the control and the soft rubber tip help protect the camera. I had thought about a Glider as I used to fly 12 foot wing span gliders years ago. I decided the kite was safer as you get it up there and just concentrate on the camera control after that.

Some people have used blimps but its a very expensive way to do it, I'm hoping the wind is there for me tomorrow as I've adjusted the camera so that it looks just below  the horizon when fully up and points down at about 45' when the stick is pushed down, I use the throttle control for that as its not self centering and stays where you point it.

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Re: Kite Aided Photography
« Reply #20 on: August 19, 2011, 07:57:52 PM »
Thanks for the reply Bob.

I've never been too good with kites though, lol..  :uglystupid2:

The glider would be the way to go for me.  about a six foot span should do it.  The nice thing about the electric ones is you can turn the power on and launch it by hand, get plenty of height, and then cut the motor.  When you eventually lose height, then switch the motor on again and climb away.

I used to launch mine by hand, and then land it back into my hand.  None of the old bungee to catapult them up.  Also they are pretty quiet, so won't upset anyone.  ;)

The biggest problem for me is I sold all my planes ( four of them complete with flight packs and transmitters) about 10 years ago, because I wasn't using them.  :doh:

Looking forward to seeing the results from your kite cam.  Great stuff.  :tup:
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Re: Kite Aided Photography
« Reply #21 on: August 20, 2011, 03:55:46 PM »
What an adventure  ;), my good wife and I went out with the kite to a local ruin called Crichton Castle. The wind was blowing across a valley so it was a bit turbulent but we got the rig in the air and took a few shots.

After getting a few shots off I decided to get a better shot of the castle we would have to be on the other side, a walk of about half a mile. I lowered the kite a bit and took the camera off the line and started to walk with the kite still about 80feet in the air. There were some trees between us and the castle but I was sure I could manage between them and set off, we I did get past the trees, but as the kite was almost another 30 feet behind me it took a nose dive in a strong gust and pulled the line right through the top of the to the ground  >:( OK I thought, I'll put the line down, untie the kite and pull the line trough, just then the kite shot into the air again, I held on tight and the line ripped back up through the branches and was free  :dance: , I quickly ran along the road to get it past the trees.

As we passed the castle, and as I expected there was some rough air, the kite dashed all over the sky before landing in grass, I wound up the line and carried it past the rough bit. We launched again and took a few more shots but my confidence was a little shaken so decided to pack it all up for today, go home and think about what I had learned and have a look at my shots. 75% blur due to motion as the camera swung 10% with random ground shots 15% with views of the subject at various jaunty angles, well what would you expect from a camera on the end of a bit string on a windy day, I can't wait to get out again  :tup:
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Re: Kite Aided Photography
« Reply #22 on: August 20, 2011, 06:21:36 PM »
  Love the second one, I was going to make a comment about "Mad dogs & Englishmen", but then rememberd where your from. :uglystupid2:
  I know nothing about this, so when you say "Kite" is it designed for purpose or just "A Kite". I seem to remember from when I was a nipper (50 odd years ago.) that those square tube shaped thingys* were much more stable in the air.
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« Reply #23 on: August 20, 2011, 10:10:18 PM »
Hi Graeme, you have to use a very stable kite, so some have been designed to be " boring " they just sit in the sky or go up and down, well that's the plan. The web is full of stories of how its very hard to get a problem free flight, especially when you are lifting a few pounds of radio and camera. The wind today almost lifted me and I was expecting the kite to explode at one point. My kite is like a small parafoil, like the new sky divers parachute. The ones you see on the beach are steerable with two lines, not mine, its trimmed for stable flight.

It sounds like your a bit interested, beware, the cost is mounting up as I've spent a few hundred pounds now on radio, kite, line, gloves, camera rig. You can do it a lot cheaper but I like all the facilities like pan and tilt etc. I bought bits and bobs at B&Q tonight to make a winding reel £50  :uglystupid2: I almost fell of my wallet.

The leason I learned today was that you have to be much farther away from the subject you want to shoot and you just keep shooting till the card is full as you only have a vague idea of where the camera is pointing by looking at the wee stick that you wind the radio antenna on .
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« Reply #24 on: August 21, 2011, 09:37:51 AM »
  Love the second one, I was going to make a comment about "Mad dogs & Englishmen", but then rememberd where your from. :uglystupid2:
 

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« Reply #25 on: August 23, 2011, 09:51:45 PM »
A few more from today, we had our granddaughter with us so I was limited to 10 mins flying or so, but loads of attention from the public is a down side  too.
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Re: Kite Aerial Photography
« Reply #26 on: August 23, 2011, 10:47:29 PM »
When are you going to try it with the D3s!  :P :uglystupid2: :legit:

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« Reply #27 on: August 24, 2011, 12:17:40 AM »
Some great unusual shots here, I would like to get some arial shots of the lakes one day, Hot Air Baloon flight has been suggested but I know Jinky has been waiting a while for his flight.

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Re: Kite Aerial Photography
« Reply #28 on: August 24, 2011, 05:45:28 AM »
Hats off to you Bob, and what a joyous time you must be having too. Look forward to seeing more of the results.
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Re: Kite Aerial Photography
« Reply #29 on: August 24, 2011, 07:25:19 AM »
Must be a great feeling when it all comes together, terrific stuff Bob. :tup:
Must go and have a lay down now and wait for the vertigo to wear off. :o
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