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Old Feb 20, 2010, 10:55 PM
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KAP at Encina HS (Sacramento, CA)

Nice day to be out having fun with the wind... The lighting conditions were lousy, overcast, so most images didn't come out looking as good as they would if it was nice a clear.

Images are from Encina High School soccer field and some shots include Greer Elementary School that's adjacent to Encina HS.

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Old Feb 21, 2010, 02:24 AM
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KAP is cool. Great shots!
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Old Feb 21, 2010, 10:36 AM
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Haven't tried KAP. It could be handy though for the coast here. When it's too windy to fly, send the kite, no down time due to weather! Pic look good btw. You've got the same clouds we have here, hasn't been too much sun for any real good pics lately. Looks like it gonna be the same way for the next couple weeks too. Starting to get a little crazy wanting to fly and get some nice shots, but it's either windy, too cloudy, or raining. Spring will come soon though! Keep it up, can't wait to see more from the capital city.
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Old Feb 21, 2010, 07:29 PM
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I think one of the biggest misconceptions comes from what we see in a typical park, where a kite (or kites) is flashing round the sky like a mad thing. The reality for KAP couldn't be more different! I have a giant Rokkaku "fighting" kite (80" x 50") which is as tame as a puppy once you set the lines up right. On recent AP job, after launching the kite, I decided to get most of the shots using my mast, so I left the kite in the air, tied off.

TWO HOURS later, I retrieved the kite, which had been just hanging up there like it was nailed to the sky! My other kite, a Flowform 16, (a spar-less "mattress style" kite) performs similarly, in a slightly lower wind range.

Oh, and they're quite fun to fly as well
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Old Feb 21, 2010, 09:04 PM
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I did a bunch of testing last year with kites, although they are not aerial photos they will give you a good idea on size of kites used for KAP (for anyone interested). Looking forward to more photos.

The triton is by far my favorite, the tail simply makes it fly at a lower angle.


The Flow Form 30


Flow Form 16 and Tritan.


Some of the most fun I've had is during KAP.

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Old Feb 21, 2010, 10:36 PM
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I use a Sutton Flow Form 16 with two 15' tails (one on each side), just like your bottom picture from Troy. The tails make it nice and stable, so it's like an anchor in the sky. I just attach the real to something, or hold it between my left (I see comments already), and focus on the camera up in the sky as it's hanging from the Picavet suspension. Currently my camera mount will only pan, however I am working on a tilt version. Although there are ready to buy camera mounts, I prefer to build my own, since I can customize them for weight and accessories. My current rig has a Kodak V530, but that's changing most likely this week, when I'll switch it over to a Fujifilm A235. The new camera has easily accessible A/V port so I'll be able to "see" what the camera is seeing. All components have been tested and work flawlessly, it's just a matter of switching everything over.

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Old Feb 26, 2010, 10:31 PM
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You in Sac?
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