Aerial lake view vertical panorama (from 2 images) in winter - Kite Aerial Photography (KAP). Aerial views of Big Cedar Lake in winter near Messines, Quebec.
This Kite Aerial Photography session took place on Big Cedar Lake near Messines, Québec. I travelled to the cottage of my friend Bruce Amos (www.BruceAmos.com) and went out on the lake where the temperature was in the -30's C. Low wind meant little wind chill but low wind also meant a struggle with the gear. I had already planned to use autokap with the cold temperatures so as to minimize the fiddly work of using the remote and thus be able to take advantage of thicker mitts for part of the time. With there being little wind, autokap was definitely a good idea and the smaller rig was just barely lifted with my levi-light delta kite. Much of the time was spent with the camera and rig just a few feet off the ground so many unintentional self-portraits were taken. I include only a couple in my website gallery but may do a story on KAP in the cold weather on my blog at a later date and use some of the self-deprecating images there. I'll edit this and post a link if and when I do that. Also, pictures of the cottage included me as well since the wind was blowing away from the cottage shoreline. I had hoped to move to a different position to capture the cottage without me but the kite was being temperamental in the low wind. (Anyway, I'm easy enough to clone out in PhotoShop if I need to - easy to replace me and all the tracks with just snow). I had also hoped to do some scenic shots of nearby islands which necessitated walking the kite downwind which was not permitted with the conditions.
Panorama (3 images). Aerial lake views in winter - Kite Aerial Photography (KAP). Aerial views of Big Cedar Lake in winter near Messines, Quebec.
Shadow of KAPper and rig. Big Cedar Lake in winter near Messines, Quebec. With camera on auto taking shots every 8 seconds or so, unexpected but interesting images can be obtained. Here's the shadow of me attaching the rig to the kite line.
You can see additional pictures in the Kite Aerial Photography Gallery - Big Cedar Lake, near Messines, Quebec - January 24, 2011.© Rob Huntley