An elastic bridle on the PFK is no easy matter as it has a keel; so I thought I’d try something simple to start with: adding elastic as a damper to the flying line to see if the movement imparted into the rig could be sufficiently damped to just let the angry red delta do its thing and let me shoot sharp pics. I put one at the kite:
The line is larks- headed around the ends of a bungee luggage strap. I left a decent loop of line slack to accept the stretch of the bungee. I didn’t take too many shots with the rig aloft as I had to cut the flight short on being beset by curious cows, but those I got, while mighty dull, are reasonably sharp:
The kite was still veering about wildly in the turbulent airflow but the rig seems to have been spared a lot of the vibration that has ruined exposures before. Another bonus of the elastic dampers is the kite is a bit easier to hold. Aiming the camera is still difficult as there is still a great deal of the kites ‘tracking’ movement in the viewfinder: this kite is still not as stable as I’d like in big winds, but with damping on the line, I at least managed to get something in 20 -22mph!
So, the next thing to try with this kite is a drogue, to see if the tracking can be smoothed or slowed and then perhaps I can begin to feel happy with it as a sky hook.