As prep for this years Royston Kite Festival I have been asked to provide an information panel to explain the pile of wires and string we will present to the public on the day. Last time we did this we got radio contacts from across Europe with a wire suspended from a Levitation 9’delta…it will be interesting to see how we do next weekend. As a radio novice I was stuck with what to say on the subject so decided to present the 2 best examples I can think of : Marconi’s first transatlantic broadcast and the ‘Gibson Girl’ radio kites from WW11. Choosing KAP shots to show the variety of what KAP can capture was not easy but I settled on 4 examples to show the big themes:
There will be those who will ask why not use a drone for aerial photography (there always are) so the Ely cathedral shot shows what you can do by kite inside the 50m proximity rule that excludes UAV.
The variety of agricultural practice in East Anglia never ceases to amaze me.
I love patterns in the landscape and the kite is perfect for placing the camera to capture them.
Surveying is my profession and the satisfaction of mapping from the windborne image is hard to beat.
I decided against explaining rigs on the panel as I’ll have examples to hand…and if we are lucky I’ll have a rig aloft on the day too.
Should be fun.