Posts Tagged ‘aerial photography’
My friend Randy Feist has a pumpkin farm in Kuna, ID.
- Quite an operation: pumpkins, corn maze, petting zoo, mini-pumpkin slingshot, hay bale maze, hay rides, etc.
- I didn’t quite get the pictures I wanted – a view of the whole 35 acre party and a few pictures of just the corn maze. I’m starting to think that real-time video of what the camera is seeing might be handy.
- I added a servo to the setup, which should have caused the rig to automatically pan left and right, for a total range of 180 degrees. Not sure it worked though, mostly because I couldn’t get the screw connecting the servo to the rest of the rig tight enough – so the servo was rotating, but not really taking the rig with it.
- In spite of these difficulties, we got some pretty good pictures…
Last weekend we spent an hour or two playing around with the kite and camera at Barber Park
- Table Rock
Making your own kite might sound a little dorky.
However, a few points to consider:
- This kite is 6 feet tall and 5 feet wide.
- It’s called a Rokkaku. Rok for short.
- It’s a Japanese fighter kite
- It can easily lift a camera for taking pictures
- It has an angry face on it.
I’m trying to use the kite/camera rig to get the perfect “how the heck did you take that?” picture of the Boise river / capital building /foothills, and hopefully a few people floating down the river too. So yesterday I went over to Barber Park and played around with the camera/kite combo for about half an hour.
- If I’d angled the camera about 30 degrees to the left I would have gotten a great picture of table rock and the river – much closer to the “perfect picture” I was after. But I think this looks cool anyway.
- Apparently they’re growing something on the roof of this building.
- I really need to put together a suspension system so the pictures aren’t so blurry all the time.
Last weekend Ben’s sister Beth came to visit. We decided to take a road trip to Northern Idaho, an area that Ben and I hadn’t yet explored. There’s a popular destination called Coeur d’Alene which is on a lake in a mountainous area. Also we heard about a cool rails-to-trails bike trail that we were really excited to try out.
We drove 7-hours Friday night and Saturday morning to get to Coeur d’Alene. The drive was long, but really pretty – windy mountain roads, rivers and canyons, golden-colored wheat fields, and small towns. After arriving, we had the afternoon in Coeur d’Alene, so we took out the kite to take some photos… you can see a few of those in Ben’s last post. Here’s another good one, and also a photo of our reward after a long day of driving and kite-flying.
- Location: Coeur d’Alene Lake in Idaho
- New kite: the Sutton FlowForm 8. The 8 is for 8 sq ft of material. Serious Aerial photographers use the FlowForm 30, an 8′ Rokkaku, a Powersled 81, or some other enormous kite.
- The basic setup – an eye-hook bolt tied to a $20 kite. I set the camera to take a picture every 2 seconds