Notes on Kite Aerial Photography: Photo Gallery

Gilroy, California
Goldsmith Seeds #2


So it turns out that all of my return trips to Goldsmith have been skunked for lack of wind. I have literally read two books while waiting on the (admittedly pleasant) grounds for the winds to fill in. The images gracing these pages then were all taken on my first exploratory visit. As mentioned on the previous page, that visit involved waiting for the winds to fill in. While doing so I snapped a number of very low altitude shots of the aging test beds and the results are shown below. I take a secret delight in kite photographs taken from heights of less than ten feet -- these in particular appeal to me.  

Three close views of the aging test beds. These shots, taken only a meter or two above the ground are testimony to my sense that great height is not a requisite for interesting KAP images.  (58K jpg top, 56K jpg middle, and 60K jpg bottom, Canon 50-mm, July 1998).



As the wind built in I played around with the Canon 15-mm fisheye lens. I don't really use this lens very much but it is fun on occasion. I worried early on that I might overuse the fisheye but that has certainly not been the case. As you might have noticed from the image captions the Canon EOS 24-mm prime lens has become my "standard lens" for kite aerial photography. I do like this lens and feel it allows a closer working distance between the subject and my standard position at the end of the kite line.  


A fisheye view of the entire flower test bed and another shot of Todd Perkins among his peonies  (31K jpg, Canon 15-mm, left and 24K jpg, Canon 24-mm, right, July 1998).




Cloudy sky shots of Goldsmith Seeds' tidy greenhouses, note evaporative coolers on the left (28K jpg left and 30K jpg right, Canon 24-mm, July 1998).





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