Kite Aerial Photography

The ultra low budget way of sending up a camera to a reasonable altitude I think is with a kite. And I love flying kites very much.  So I ventured into the KAP world.

My rig with the camera attatched to the line.
The kite with the birds. I am afraid that the kite is too high up to be seen clearly in this picture. It is in the top center of this picture. The clouds are interesting too.

My first design was to just use electrical tape to secure the small knock off Gopro to the kite line and send it up. My delta kite is able to pull the camera up without too much trouble. However, the camera wobbles way too much for a video. However, here is a shot from one of the flights.

Here is a shot from the camera viewing the western end of Montrose Avenue near Queens Park in London.

KAP people use both passive and active attitude stablisation of their camera. The simple gravity based picavet kite rig probably will work reasonably well. I made the picavet rig with laser cut 3mm acrylic and did the usual heat bending to get the right shape. I have not really tested this rig with the camera and that is what I will be doing soon.

My laser cut picavet rig, made with 3mm acrylic and bent with after being heated to get the 90 degree ends.
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An excellent example of a picavet rig.

Here is a brillant video from a gimbal stablised kite that one kite enthusiast has recorded. Note that this enthusiast uses a gimbal as well as the picavet rig to get such rock steady camera footage from his kite. Brilliant work.

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