Notes on Kite Aerial Photography: Photo Gallery

The Beach at Sunset
Santa Barbara, California

An impounded stream outflow (26K jpg, Canon 24-mm, July 1997).

After shooting from the pier I changed film and headed for the beach. This shot shows a small stream as it enters the ocean. The low light reveals a nice set of water sculpted features and the surfline has a sensuous dip. During this roll the Rokkaku was barely hanging in the air and periodically I would have to walk backwards to create some lift. It was really nice to have more maneuvering room than the pier allowed.

So when the wind filled in a little I would nurse the camera rig up to higher altitudes then occasionally I'd have to retrieve all of the line and hold the rig for a while. As long as the wind doesn't change rapidly this technique works fine. In fact, I prefer low smooth winds of this sort to those days when there is ample lift but high turbulence. In the low wind mode you can afford the slow shutter speeds that often come with late-day light.

A view down the beach and the beach as seen from above the pier (24K jpg left and 20K jpg right, Canon 24-mm, July 1997).

The lefthand shot shows the beach wearing its sunset colors and the coastal hills beyond. Santa Barbara is definitely a land of milk and honey. The righthand shot provides an oblique view of the stream impoundment as seen from high above the pier. Toward the left you can see a line of outrigger canoes.

Long palm tree shadows and a line of outrigger canoes (37K jpg, left) and the surf line at sunset (29K jpg right, Canon 24-mm, July 1997).

Since it was near sunset the palms lining the beach's urban edge were beginning to cast very long shadows. They were not particularly apparent on the ground but showed up nicely in the aerial images. In the beach sand you can also see tracks from the life guard's trucks. On the right is the edge of the Pacific Ocean with a feeble surfline and a good view of turbid backwash. The white speck is a seagull.

A pair of slender outrigger canoes -- one covered, one not (51K jpg, Canon 24-mm, July 1997).

Finally, here is a plan view of parked outrigger canoes belonging to a beachfront concession. For scale, the item under the outrigger is an automobile tire.

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