Samara, Costa Rica - KAP 2009-5
Before leaving on holiday I purchased an autoKAP rig to complement my fully remote controlled rig so that I might still be able to do aerial photography on lighter wind days. I was really glad I did. Although there is less control of what you're shooting, the rig weighs much less than my remote controlled unit. The camera angle cannot be modified from the ground. It rotates 30 degrees every 5 seconds and snaps a shot at each interval. So about 12 shots, one minute and the camera has gone a full 360 degrees. My preference if for remote control where you can select a target and take many shots at varying angles and altitudes, thus increasing the chances of getting a good shot. There is a feeling of having more creative control even though you can't truly see what you are shooting. AutoKAP is more relaxing somehow and you can concentrate more on flying the kite, allowing the camera to do the work while you rest a few minutes at each point of view.
The first 6 days in Samara were light wind days, and several of those had virtually zero wind above 200' making KAP impossible for me regardless of equipment. The only way I could get anything this day was with autoKAP and it was a short-lived session. That is one way of saying that there are not many images in this gallery.
See KAP 2009-6 and KAP 2009-7 for more.
These images were taken from a camera suspended below a kite (Kite Aerial Photography - KAP)
See also my general Samara, Costa Rica gallery.