1) Kite Assembly
The kite is removed from its bag, spread out and assembled. The kite line is attached to the kite.
2) Rig Assembly
The kite aerial photography rig is assembled.
3) Testing the wind
The wind is checked and tested if it stable and strong enough for kite aerial photography.
4) Attaching the rig to the kite line
The kite aerial photography rig is then attached to the kite line via the "Brooxes hang-up".
5) Testing and checking camera rig response
Before releasing the camera to the kite, the rig's response is checked.
The camera lifted in the air is controlled by a radio transmitter from the ground. Panning, tilting and/or shooting as commanded by the transmitter.
7) Reeling the camera rig down
After shooting the camera rig is then reeled down. It is important to be extra cautious when reeling down the camera rig as the kite then to pull harder when it is being pulled. In my case the Delta kite has the tendency to sway harder and turn to the sides when being reeled in.
8) Reviewing the photographs
The exciting part reviewing the photos, this is the moment of epiphany wherein the kite aerial photography session is judged whether it was successful or not.
The Kite Aerial Photography Project seen here, is part of Gerome Soriano’s project to produce and compile a book of kite aerial photographs of the Philippines. It is supported by the Kite Association of the Philippines, the Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation, Inc and sponsored by Sony and Sony Alpha Philippines.