Notes on Kite Aerial Photography: Photo Gallery

North Shore of Oahu
When Roosters Go Bad

This final page from Hawaii pulls together a few miscellaneous images. The first (and title) story relates to photographs taken from a bluff that parallels the North Shore. Richard Sterman owns a building lot on this bluff and asked for photographs of the property. As he was giving me a briefing about the property he also mentioned that there was a somewhat territorial rooster on the grounds.

Photographs taken from above the bluff toward Shark's Cove on the North Shore. I rarely take KAP images at midday but these seem to work nicely due to the landscape's saturated colors. The lefthand shot provides a view toward the west with Waimea Bay in the distance. The right shot contrasts the colors of Shark's Cove and Hawaii's red dirt (31K jpg left and 40K jpg right, Canon 24-mm, June 1999).

One day I dropped Claudia and the fils off at Shark's Cove to snorkel then made a quick run up the bluff to see if I could photograph. Though winds were marginal I sent the Sutton 30 aloft and eventually coaxed the camera after it. This was the kind of KAPing that requires complete attention. At one moment your concentrating on composing a photograph and a second later you are inhauling kiteline like mad to keep the kite in the air. As I was switching back and forth between kite flying and photographing I noticed the rooster out of the corner of my eye. He was a beefy bird and it seemed as though he was stalking me.   I finished my roll of film with dispatch and set about hauling the camera rig down. By the time I got the camera safely to the ground the rooster had decided it was time to give my ankles a good pecking. So I tied the kite off to a nearby trampoline and picked up a flimsy stick to shoo it away. This, it turns out, was a bad decision.

The rooster's lair, Richard Sterman's bluff-top property near Shark's Cove. The kite landed near the green tree in the lower left of the image.(45K jpg, Canon 24-mm, June 1999).

The rooster, it seems, was not impressed with my stick. Instead he took it as an affront to his roosterness and started coming at me with claws outstretched. It was impressive. My flimsy stick promptly broke into two small pieces and I felt like I was fending off this singularly determined cock with chopsticks. When I was finally able to return my attention to the kite I found the kiteline lying on the ground leading in an ominous fashion to the edge of the bluff. Without an active hand the Sutton Flowform had deflated and landed. It took the better part of an hour to make my way down the slope through head-high, sharp-bladed grass to recover the kite. When I finally made my way back up the slope I headed to the garage and rinsed the dirt and debris off with a garden hose. Soon the rooster was stalking me again and all I had was hose in hand. For some reason the old adage "mad as a wet hen" came to mind.  I can report it applies to the male bird as well. All's well that ends well.

Photographs belonging to what might be called my Sons & Surf series (27K jpg left and 28K jpg right, Canon 24-mm, June 1999).

These remaining images are just miscellaneous shots from the beach. I want to express my thanks again to Richard Sterman for participating in this interesting barter. If you are interested in rentals or other real estate matters he has my highest recommendation -- give Richard Sterman Realty a call..

The left image shows a bit of subject participation as kids on the beach quickly write their names in the sand so that they will show up in the image. I thought this was rather inventive. On the right is a KAP portrait of two of Richard's neighbors, Bob and Jo Jean Schieve (32K jpg left and 46K jpg right, Canon 24-mm, June 1999).

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