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Kite Photography

jjmills 12 153 Scotland
27 May 2007 9:16PM
Okay so I was at the beach today, camera in one hand and a kite in another.

Anyone any suggestions on taking shots of kites.

I took this one but don't know if it works...

Think I need to show...

The Kite
The Wind
The Height
The ...

Any help?



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Milvus 11 168 2 United Kingdom
28 May 2007 9:29AM
My first reaction when I looked was maybe a slower shutter speed would have helped display a sense of the kites movement in the shy. It's a good shot but the kite looks very still.

Hope this helps.
philwig 13 817 1
28 May 2007 3:36PM
I think kites are pretty tricky for the reasons you suggest. I don't think that shot works, other than as a snapshot.

Perhaps... Either stand a long way back and capture the whole thing against some intersting background, or get a wide lens and capture the whole thing (including the kiter) from closer.

Maybe some kite magazines would help for inspiration, or some manufacturers' sites?
jjmills 12 153 Scotland
28 May 2007 9:01PM
Thanks for the suggestions... Smile

francisg 14 705 1 United Kingdom
30 May 2007 11:17AM
I am inclined to agree that it might be better to include the one flying the kite as well. Chose a low viewpoint that will focus attention on the kiter and have the kite out of focus. Or howing a little motion blur. It is but a sugestion.

3 Jun 2007 2:29PM
Get someone else to fly the kite and you can pan round with your camera onto the kite, get shots of kiter and kite in the same shot, stand behind them to do this, or the other way round for the opposite effect, find higher ground and look down on to kite and kiter, kite in front of sun and at sunset and just try all different angels and dont be affraid to tilt your camera on an angel so the horizion isn't straight (runnnsss before I get shouted at (giggles) this lot dont like it when the horizion aint straight) pmsl and look for shadows if its a sunny day kite and shadow looks really cool, hopes this helps in some way.

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