A Bird’s Eye View: Kite Aerial Photography


The last few times I’ve flown, I requested a window seat so I could photograph what was outside — sometimes the clouds, sometimes the rivers and fields, sometimes the skyscrapers below. Especially interesting was making the same cross-country trip during different seasons and comparing what the landscape looked like during summer and then during winter.

No doubt aerial photography is breathtaking because it offers a perspective that we don’t usually have access to — and maybe that’s precisely why we’re so drawn to it.

Nowadays, aerial photographs are often taken from an airplane or helicopter (satellite photography adds another dimension, which we’ll cover in a later post), but another type of photography that’s garnered adherents throughout history is kite aerial photography, or KAP.

KAP enabled George Lawrence to take the now historic photograph of San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake and has given us such amazing artistic shots as Charles Benton lying on a lakebed.

To learn more about KAP, check out these resources: the blog and digital encyclopeadia of Kite Aerial Photography site, the Kite Aerial Photography online index, the Kite Aerial Photography forum, the
KAP Wiki, and the Flickr KAP group.

[tags]KAP, photography, kite aerial photography, andrea weckerle[/tags]


One Response to “A Bird’s Eye View: Kite Aerial Photography”

  1. I am just getting into kite aerial photography (kap) and am gathering the stuff needed. I seems like a great way to capture aerial photos while keeping the costs low. I am looking to do a number of aerial landscapes of the prairies and was considering renting a small plane. After considering all my options, I think I'll try and accomplish my task with just a kite. Looking forward to some good times!

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