This is done with a rig which can be attuned and which is suspended from the line some short way from the kite. The marvelous photograph of the Kinderdijke Windmill in Holland would not have been possible with a rig that looked something like the diagram to the left.
Easter Island: Image Credit Flickr User Pierre Lesage
The results can be exquisite: here, the Moai of Easter Island have never looked so enigmatic.
Stone Fishing, Maupiti: Credit Pierre Lesage
We have already established that KAP is not quite as simple as it looks but the photographer can also use different methods of suspension, one of which is pendulum suspension. As you might imagine this involves an inflexible length of material which holds the camera under the line of the kite and lets gravity do the hard work keeping the rig level irrespective of the angle of the line. All of this adds a whole new dimension to the old song Let’s Go Fly a Kite – and there’s more.
SS Iowa and Mothball fleet, Suisun Bay, California: Credit Telstar Logistic
Once the camera is up in the air there is, of course, the problem of how the shutter is going to be released and the photograph taken (at which point the less ambitious may want to consider a hot air balloon or light aircraft instead). This can be done in a number of ways – through radio control (just like the ones for model airplanes), infrared signals or even a wired connection. The camera’s intervalometer could also be used, which is an inbuilt device which can be set to take a picture at pre-defined regular intervals.
Blue Lagoon, Rangiroa: Credit Pierre Lesage
If this all sounds terribly complicated and rather too much like hard work then there are kits available: let's face it, if you want to take shots like the Blue Lagoon at Rangiroa, above, then you will need one. As the overall price of digital cameras has fallen more people have been willing to take the risk that the camera might too and as such the pastime has seen an increase in popularity. When you can get the sort of results that you can see here, there is a good argument that the time, money and risk of kit destruction is overwhelmingly worth it!
Dakar Senegal Credit Flickr User Jeff Attaway
Iguazu Falls, Paraguay/Brazil border: Credit Flickr User Pierre Lesage
Tahiti: Credit Flickr User Pierre Lesage
Digue de Diélette, France: Credit Flickr User Fanny et Anthony
Monument to African Renaissance, Senegal: Credit Flickr User Jeff Attaway
Patterns made in the sand with a rake, Guernsey: Credit Flickr User Lenny&Meriel
Cemetary, Newton Connecticut: Credit Flickr User Tocs
Seal colony, Cape Cross, Namibia: Credit Flickr User Pierre Lesage
Lac Rose Salt Lake, Senegal: Credit Flickr User Jeff Attaway
Moscow, Idaho: Credit Flickr User Nebarnix
Shintu Shrine, Cape Izu, Japan: Credit Flickr User 451Owaza
Easter Aquorthies, Scotland: Credit Flickr User Pierre Lasage
Weston Super Mare, England: Credit Flickr User Mat Tay
Butser Farm, Hampshire: Credit Flickr User Pierre Lasage
Strawberry picking, Watsonville, California: Credit Flickr User Glenn N
Bicycle bridge, Kyoto, Japan: Credit Flickr User 451Owaza
Baloon festival, Lincoln City, Oregon: Credit Flickr User Katrinket
A surfer braves the Atlantic Ocean, Senegal: Credit Flickr User Jeff Attaway
Paris: Credit Flickr User Pierre Lasage
Bora Bora: Credit Flickr User Pierre Lasage
First Picture Hastings New Zealand Image Credit Pierre Lesage
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