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First KAP photos

9 Apr

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:





Go Fly a Kite

9 Apr

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:


Morning, Mission Mountains

11 Sep



Fall Patterns

11 Sep



Railroad Bridge, Flathead River

28 Jun


Mission Valley Clouds, Early Evening

2 Jun

An evening of incredibly still weather conditions here in the valley. Slow motion flying through a dreamlike cloudscape, long lingering turns carved through liquid air.


Autostitch, a Panorama Tool

29 May

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.

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