I had an hilarious session yesterday. The cloud lifted and I decided to see what I could do with the diminutive Explorer 16 and Tims new rig with the S95 as a trail run for what Kevin Lajolie calls a ‘ninja’ KAP session where I can pack small, launch quick and fly light.
It didn’t work out. The little kite took an age to get aloft involving running upwind to get it clear of wind shadow so the ‘rapid’ launch was a fail. Nothing discrete about a full grown man running across a field waving a kite in the air behind him. After 2 or 3 goes it flew well but needed a great deal of sky to find the steady flow. Next: the lightweight rig. I’m finding its small size and relative lightness something of a confidence boost- I have the feeling it will go up even though the pull was not so great- maybe 2-5kg on the line in around 7mph wind speed.
I practice my carefully rehearsed start up sequence on the camera. Something is wrong. The battery is flat. The spare is at home. Bah. Despite the Alpinist approach I have 3 cameras with me. I pull out the old favourite Ixus 7 and hope I have the card with the scripts on it in there. Power on…nothing…another flat battery. Profanity uttered, how could I be so slack as to let this happen?
The last throw of the dice on this game before I return home, charge batteries and kick myself for being so stupid is the EosM: a heavy weight. The extra space on the rig for the S95 USB connector is just enough to allow the lovely EosM to fit nicely and fortunately I’d left its GentLED cable hanging off it, I’d failed on ‘light weight’ now:
Getting it off the deck took a lot of space but oh so slowly it limps upward. As the kite rises it finds more lift and I begin to imagine the shots it’s taking. This is fly and forget KAP but the camera needs to be placed with a view to a decent shot or two. I work around my subject, it’s a pretty big thing and my confidence in the outcome builds…
Fly and forget? well I’d forgotten quite a bit on this session but I’m pleased with the spread of shots I captured and found some that satisfied my photographers eye, so as well as lifting my spirits with the joy of the kite in the sky, I’d proved to myself the little Didak Explorer is a very handy kite even if it is an undignified thing to launch..