Notes on Kite Aerial Photography: Photo Gallery

North Shore of Oahu
Bentons in Paradise


This page was posted (in June 1999) at a time when Notes on Kite Aerial Photography had gone through a relatively quiet period. Well, with the academic year over and my early summer travels finished I resolved to get some new material posted. And what better place to start than photographs from our recent trip to the North Shore of Oahu. A few months ago I received an e-mail from Richard Sterman, a realtor in Hawaii. Richard, who manages a string of vacation rental houses on Oahu's North Shore, had found my WWW page offering to trade kite aerial photographs for slide rules. Richard allowed that he had no slide rules to barter but wondered if I would be willing to trade a week in one of his rental houses for taking aerial photographs of same. I responded that it was an interesting idea.

cdcgrnd02.GIF (30957 bytes)Claudia on Sunset Beach at Sunset and the boys in their aerie (32K jpg left and 27K jpg right, Canon 24-mm, June 1999).

After a few e-mails back and forth Richard and I struck a gentleman's agreement. I would arrive in Oahu on June 17 with three Benton assistants in tow and he would provide housing for a week and point us toward properties to photograph. I did a little bit of preliminary research. The North Shore of Oahu is most often associated with surfing and during the winter has remarkable waves at famous breaks like the Bonsai Pipeline and Waimea Bay. During the summer Oahu's waters are much calmer and there is a reliable trade wind to keep the kites aloft. The date arrived and we left for Hawaii without a very specific idea of what we would find other than trade winds.

A view of Laniakea, "our" beach, just northeast of Haleiwa  (25K jpg, Canon 24-mm, June 1999).



After a typical travel day we found ourselves in Haleiwa around 2 pm. There the very kind staff at Richard's office informed us that we would be in the Osser's House. Soon thereafter we found to our delight that the house was pleasantly situated on Laniakea Beach. It was clean and spacious with a lanai and deck overhanging the beach. The boys quickly discovered a treehouse built halfway up an adjacent palm tree. We were quick to hit the water and found that we shared the sand- and rock-bottomed shallows with large sea turtles. All agreed that Richard had treated us well.

oahu33.gif (36813 bytes)Photographs taken on the first afternoon. To the left is an aerial view of our house and on the right a low KAP shot of our neighbors the sea turtles. In the sea turtle jpg you can see two distinct turtles and what I believe is a third (38K jpg left and 30K jpg right, Canon 24-mm, June 1999).



Over the next few days I will post pages with photographs taken during the week of our trip. But first it is nice to think of how relaxing this setting was. How pleasant the deck was in the evenings as one enjoyed a fine tropical sunset and their favorite evening beverage. The days to come promised all manner of interesting diversions and the prospect of getting my kite into the air after far too little KAP work in recent months. As I sat on the deck I also offered a little toast to Richard Sterman for having had sufficient imagination to pursue this barter, thanks Richard.


Sunset view from the deck of the Osser's house  (15K jpg, Canon 24-mm, June 1999).



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