The kite willingly tugged the Canon up into the sky and came back with a few shots. My settings weren’t optimal but some worked out. This morning I upgraded CHDK on the Canon and installed the KAP UAV Exposure Control script, which I think will work splendidly on our next outing. At any rate, here are our first KAP photos, top of Ravalli Hill:
I’ve recently become interested in KAP (kite aerial photography) and had a chance last night to try out a simple rig attached to our first “real” kite, a Prism Stowaway Delta. It’s a smallish 5′ delta wing kite that seems to fly at a very high angle. It had no problem lifting the Canon A2200 in winds that fluctuated between 10 and 15 mph.
Christine held the reel as I attached the camera rig in preparation for the flight:
Long shadows of KAPers on Ravalli Hill:
Here a few experimental shots from Sunday’s flight investigating the use of AutoStitch, a tool from the University of British Columbia. I’m think it will be incredibly useful when I upgrade the plane’s camera to the Gopro, allowing for the mapping of large areas. I plan to participate in a study of the restoration of riparian habitat in the area next fall, assisting the local school’s advanced biology students, so this is part of working out a useful system.