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In the archive of images I found that I thought I'd lost forever, I discovered the scans of my first and only foray into kite aerial photography.

This was done before I had a digital camera, so I bought a cheap film camera, taped it to the center of a large kite, and rigged up a servo and radio from a model RC airplane to it. The whole shebang was appallingly primitive, but I still got some pretty neat shots of Ft. Desoto in Florida from it.

You can see the newly restored post on the experiment here.

I also found some pics of the rig itself, which will show you how truly awful it was (dedicated kite photographers use much more sophisticated setups):



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Mar. 24th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
We had a log of fun doing that.

Do you still have all the RC equipment? You "should" modify your idea with a digital camera. That would be cool.
Mar. 25th, 2009 03:19 am (UTC)
I still have the RC gear, but what I don't have is the kite any more. Might have to get anotehr one.
Mar. 24th, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
My big brother is the pioneer(in Australia, well around Orange anyway) of attaching a small camera like that to a radio controled model aircraft so he could take photos of crop fields. Fields injected with poo. They got some good shots too. Cheaper than hiring a helicopter or light plane. Dept of Ag budget doesn't stretch very far.
Mar. 25th, 2009 03:20 am (UTC)
Now THAT is seriously cool.
Mar. 25th, 2009 12:36 am (UTC)
If it works, it's not "truly awful", merely "field expedient". Nice photos.
Mar. 25th, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
"Field expedient." Hmm. So packing tape and wires aren't all bad, then, I suppose?

One thing I didn't like about the setup is that I couldn't put the camera in a place where it wasn't shooting through the kite strings; putting it higher or lower on the kite messed up the balance. There were probably a lot of ways around it, but none that presented themselves wile i was sitting there out in the field with some packing tape and a cheap camera.
Mar. 25th, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
You're too modest. That's fun.
Mar. 25th, 2009 03:22 am (UTC)
It is! I'm considering trying again, with a digital camera and a bit more finesse, 'cause I need, y'know, another hobby.
Mar. 25th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking this would be a good project for my Grandson and I. There's a lighthouse near Seattle, on Vashon Island that we go to every summer. That would be a great spot for this experiment.
Mar. 26th, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
Gosh your the only other person I have ever met that actually owned a double French military kite. I had one with a 8' wingspan. Oh teh fun I had with that !!!
Mar. 26th, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
It's an awesome kite design--heavy lifting capability in a small size. I don't have that kite any more, and I wish I still did.
Mar. 31st, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
Hey! I see on you ST all the time, and you're always so interesting and insightful, so I figured I'd hop over here and add you. Hope you don't mind. :)
Mar. 31st, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
Howdy, and welcome aboard!
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