Notes on Kite Aerial Photography: Photo Gallery

Skim Boarding at Drake's Beach
Pt. Reyes National Seashore

At my request Charlie reclined along the surfline for a few plan view shots. Truth is I think he was tired and enjoyed the rest.  (Canon 24-mm, April 2000).

Over the winter of 1999-2000, son Charlie got it in his mind that he would make a skim board. After a little research on the internet and a trip to the local lumber store there we were -- shaping edges with glee on a belt sander. The project bogged down a bit during the tedious sanding and varnishing phase but as Spring approached Charlie got going again. These photographs document the board's inaugural use.

A pair of low-altitude shots featuring the skimming boy and the shadow of the camera rig (Canon 24-mm, April 2000).

The skim board is used by tossing it down on shallow water -- sort of like skipping a stone -- then running and jumping on. A well-timed launch can provide a ride of 100 feet or more. Now and then, the board will dig into the sand and the rider takes a tumble. I think they make sandpaper out of beach sand. I took these low level images by running along parallel to Charlie's path to place the camera overhead.

A pair of shots featuring the reflected sun -- a clear telltale that we were ear the middle of the day  (Canon 24-mm, April 2000).

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