Tuesday, June 13. 2006
One of the projects for this year was to get some more Kite Aerial Photos (KAP). My KAP camera, a Canon Powershot G1, is not an ideal camera due to its weight and lack of an intervalometer (which permits multiple exposures based on a timer). What I've been doing is setting the 10-second timer on the camera and then running it up once for each exposure. That gets old fast, and puts a limit on how high you can get the camera before it shoots the picture.
infrared LEDs to trigger cameras. One acts as an intervalometer. They're not super cheap, but a lot less expensive than upgrading to a new camera. So I bought one. I didn't get a chance to work with it much until this beach trip. I basically wired the LED to a small battery pack of two AAAs, attached the pack to the camera with rubber bands and taped the LED to be near the infrared sensor. It was ugly, but the LED triggered the camera successfully every few seconds.
The first day I tried it, the wind was howling down the beach, creating miniature sandstorms inches off the ground. Seemed like a good day to fly, so up the kite went. But the kite wouldn't stabilize, and kept making dives off to the left. Despite attempts to reel the kite in, the kite and camera crashed into the sand with a pretty good thud. The camera lens was popped out of axis and covered in sand. I thought we were sunk after the first flight, but the lens popped right back in place, and the I cleaned off the sand carefully.
After a few more tries in lighter winds, adjusting the camera exposure settings, I got a few usable shots, shown in this entry.
My KAP gallery is here...so far they're pretty poor but I hope to get better photos in the future.
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