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For anyone who likes kites and photography, make sure to check out MAKE author Cris Benton’s demonstrations of Kite Aerial Photography at the Faire:

Who needs satellite photography? Get a kite’s-eye view of what’s happening down below. See how you can make your own aerial photography apparatus at home.

Cris Benton will illustrate the evolution of gear for kite aerial photography by displaying KAP rigs he has developed and used over the last ten years. These include the Silly-Puttyâ„¢ based rig featured in MAKE and the assortment of cradles gracing the article in MAKE’s first issue. In the mix are cradles with radio controls and automatic infrared-coupled timers plus designs carrying film, digital, and fisheye cameras. Benton will bring his working set of kites (Rokkaku, Dopero, and Suttons) and backpack of KAP accoutrement (rangefinders, climbing gear, gloves, etc.). If the conditions are favorable we will head outside to fly a bit.

Back on the ground Benton will have some photographs to show including new work in the South Bay Salt Ponds and efforts to stitch aerial panoramas.

More info at the Kite Aerial Photography Discussion Page and The Hidden Ecologies Project (South bay Salt Pond work).

Phillip Torrone

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.

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  1. pierrelenfestey on said:

    And don’t forget the Flickr KAP group at
    We are 200 members strong and almost up to 3,000 KAP images.

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