Notes on Kite Aerial Photography: Photo Gallery

Lawn Bowling in Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, California

Lawn bowlers in Golden Gate Park - whites are required on the weekends (38K jpg, Canon 24-mm, May 1997).

go to location mapOn a recent weekend Claudia and I took the kids over to Golden Gate Park on a rollerblading expedition. I've been wanting to take aerial images of several subjects in the park including the Lawn Bowling Courts. On this day there was a decent sea breeze and I stopped to give the courts a better look. After a brief conversation with the bowlers permission was granted and I adjourned to an adjacent field to loft the Sutton 30. Once it was up I walked it back over to the courts and attached the Canon SLR rig. Sometimes as you are walking a kite around in this fashion it seems like walking the dog. When the kite is flying well it is easy to work the line around obstructions.

Aaron contemplates the orbs on the left and fine form on the right (32K jpg left and 25K jpg right, Canon 24-mm, May 1997).

These low-level shots with the Canon 24-mm lens were taken from around 15 feet above the grass. It was interesting flying within the confines of the courts due to a large Monterey pine just downwind. During the 20 minutes of photo taking I had to keep a careful weather eye on that tree lest it eat the kiteline. It was a relief to finally get away from it.

Luminous shadows on the left and gathering the balls on the right (29K jpg left and 35K jpg right, Canon 24-mm, May 1997).

Here are a couple of slightly higher images. The image on the left appeals to me because of how well the man's shadow side is illuminated by light reflecting from the women's whites.

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