Big Cedar Lake, Messines, Quebec - KAP 2011-2
A Winter Kite Aerial Photography session was done at Big Cedar Lake near Messines, Québec. I travelled to the cottage of my friend Bruce Amos (www.BruceAmos.com) The winter session was on January 24, 2011. I went out on the lake where the temperature was in the -30's C. Low wind meant little wind chill but low wind also meant a struggle with the gear. I had already planned to use autokap with the cold temperatures so as to minimize the fiddly work of using the remote and thus be able to take advantage of thicker mitts for part of the time. With there being little wind, autokap was definitely a good idea and the smaller rig was just barely lifted with my levi-light delta kite. Much of the time was spent with the camera and rig just a few feet off the ground so many unintentional self-portraits were taken. I include only a couple here but may do a story on KAP in the cold weather on my blog at a later date and use some of the self-deprecating images there. I'll edit this and post a link if and when I do that.
Also, pictures of the cottage included me as well since the wind was blowing away from the cottage shoreline. I had hoped to move to a different position to capture the cottage without me but the kite was being temperamental in the low wind. (Anyway, I'm easy enough to clone out in PhotoShop if I need to - easy to replace me and all the tracks with just snow). I had also hoped to do some scenic shots of nearby islands which necessitated walking the kite downwind which was not permitted with the conditions.
The image of my levi-light delta kite is courtesy of Bruce Amos (www.BruceAmos.com). You can see a couple of the islands I had hoped to shoot by walking closer but as you see from my shots they were quite far away and only look close in Bruce's image because of the telephoto.