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Re: Kite aerial photography

Postby F_D2760 » Wed Sep 23, 2020 7:59 pm

Hi,

Nice job.

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Re: Kite aerial photography

Postby Sir Privat » Fri Oct 02, 2020 6:36 pm

That is a really cool rig. You could add Arduino to the cradle to give some pan and tilt control. Anyway really cool as it is.
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Re: Kite aerial photography

Postby Hooray » Fri Oct 02, 2020 6:48 pm

We need a custom photo scenery project based on such low-altitude imagery :lol:
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Re: Kite aerial photography

Postby montagdude » Sat Oct 03, 2020 12:28 am

Sir Privat wrote in Fri Oct 02, 2020 6:36 pm:That is a really cool rig. You could add Arduino to the cradle to give some pan and tilt control. Anyway really cool as it is.

People have done that, also R/C rig control with a video downlink to compose the shots. My main objective right now is just to keep it as light as possible, since winds here are often quite gentle and variable. Plus that way there is less heavy/expensive stuff to potentially break.

Speaking of light winds, I decided to start on a very large kite to enable KAP in such situations. Hopefully I'll have it done within 2-3 weeks.

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(My current kite is on the left, the new one is on the right, and that's a 6-ft person.)

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Re: Kite aerial photography

Postby montagdude » Sat Oct 03, 2020 12:30 am

Hooray wrote in Fri Oct 02, 2020 6:48 pm:We need a custom photo scenery project based on such low-altitude imagery :lol:

Can't say the thought hasn't crossed my mind. I think there have been a couple mentions of using aerial photos from a "drone or kite" in the currently-ongoing photoscenery thread. I had to wonder if that mention was inspired by this thread. To be honest, a drone is a lot easier for doing things like that, but I suppose a kite has the advantage of being able to go some places where drones aren't allowed.
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Re: Kite aerial photography

Postby montagdude » Wed Oct 14, 2020 12:45 pm

I made the first test flight yesterday as the wind was dying down in the evening. Hopefully I will get a chance to lift a camera with it soon, maybe photograph some fall foliage that's starting to appear.

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Re: Kite aerial photography

Postby Johan G » Wed Oct 14, 2020 1:27 pm

As a Swede I have to complement you on the choice of colors. ;)

I am looking forward to see what your new kite might bring.
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Re: Kite aerial photography

Postby montagdude » Wed Oct 14, 2020 2:37 pm

They are also the colors of my favorite hockey team (which happens to also have a lot of quite skilled Swedes on it, but that's a different conversation). ;) Though I didn't choose them for any particular reason other than I thought they looked nice.
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Re: Kite aerial photography

Postby montagdude » Sun Oct 18, 2020 4:23 am

I had my first aerial photography outing with the new kite today. It went well, and the kite handled much more wind than I expected it could, about 10-15 mph today. The flexibility really helps for that. Its low-end wind range is still to be determined. Since it was a new kite, I went to a familiar location with plenty of space, so these pictures aren't really anything new, though there is a little bit of fall foliage out there now.

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Kite, drogue, and camera in the air

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Me taking a picture of the kite taking a picture of me

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Re: Kite aerial photography

Postby F_D2760 » Sun Oct 18, 2020 10:12 am

Hi!

Nice pictures and very good job.

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Re: Kite aerial photography

Postby Johan G » Sun Oct 18, 2020 11:59 am

Ditto. :)
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