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20
Sep
2009
Xtreme Kap session in Paris
Blog - Kap Session
Written by Pierre Lesage   
Flying a kite in Paris does not seem to be authorized but laws are very vague and the latest information from the Paris city hall dates back to 1948, so I took a chance.
I had two targets in mind :
The first one is from a pedestrian bridge La passerelle des Arts crossing the river Seine between the Institut de France and the Louvre Museum. According to my Google Earth scouting I could probably shoot L’île de la Cité, Le Louvre, St Germain.
The second one was from the Jardin des Tuileries and the idea was to attempt a ful 360 panorama of Le Louvre, Le Jardin des Tuileries, The Concorde and the Champs Elysés.
Wind conditions were Ok with a good North East wind but taking off in a urban environment is rather tricky and it took me a while to catch some clean air before putting the rig on the line.
I normally KAP with Heidy who brings to our KAP sessions some wisdom which refrains me to only take risks we can manage; however for these two KAP sessions I was by myself and took some calculated risks that I may have not normally taken. A Parisian Rendez vous with stress and adrenalin !
Flying a kite over the ocean or a lagoon is fun and risks are limited to the equipment, flying in a urban environment was a totally new experience for me and a totally different feeling : even with a complete pre-flight check list, the line can break, the kite can dive, the rig can fall and such incidents may have some catastrophic consequences… Nevertheless I decided to take my chance and I think it was worth it.
Two gendarmes came to ask me what I was doing, they were more curious about the pictures and did not mention anything about the regulation. In the Jardin des Tuileries, a security officer went to my rescue to help me rewind the line and bring the kite down as the wind was getting fairly strong for the delta.
Dan Leigh R8 Delta – AutoKAP Travel rig designed by Brooks Leffler ( fine tuned for a 360° in 45 seconds) – Ricoh GX 200 – Iso 64 – 1/3 – on 5 seconds interval mode – mode P – focus on infinity.
Can’t wait to visit the Eiffel tower. Stephane Compoint a famous aerial balloon photographer shot some incredible images of the Tower that I doubt I can duplicate with a Kite.
Last Updated on Sunday, 20 September 2009 14:40
 
23
Aug
2009
Travel agenda for the coming months
Blog - Travel
Written by Pierre Lesage   
  • September 4-25 : Europe Paris, Madrid, Milan, Zurich, Munich, Frankfurt, Hannover, Lyon and Marseille
  • October 01-10 : Japan Tokyo, Osaka and possibly Ishigaki for the week end.
  • October 16-23 : French Polynesia Moorea and Bora Bora escorting KAPICA participants
  • November 06 : French Polynesia Maupiti and the incredible Stone fishing celebration which is only organised once every 10 years
  • November 13-23 : South America Santiago, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro
  • December 5-8 : New Zealand Auckland
  • December 27-January 03 : Easter Island flying and KAPing muppets over the Moai with John Kahn
Of course most of these trips are for business purposes but they also are a great opportunity to meet with some KAPers around the world.
Last Updated on Sunday, 23 August 2009 03:13
 
23
Aug
2009
Rendez vous with the whales
Blog - Travel
Written by Pierre Lesage   
Saturday August 15, 2009 we met with the whales in Areva Bay in Rurutu, French Polynesia.
While a few of us went in the water to snorkel with the whales, I launched my Kiwi Nighthawk delta, but the sea was pretty rough, the wind quite unstable and the boat was moving up and down the wind following the whale... After two dives of the kite in the ocean, we decided it was safer not to launch the KAPrig and in stead we enjoyed the show !
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Last Updated on Sunday, 23 August 2009 03:06
 
09
Aug
2009
KAP in Rurutu August 14-17, 2009
Blog - Travel
Written by Pierre Lesage   
The whales arrived in Rurutu a few weeks ago. They come up from the cold Antarctic ocean towards the warm Polynesian waters to mate  after having covered more than 5000 km. in 4 months.
Hopefully we will have a chance to observe them and maybe photograph them from the air... More to come !!!
Last Updated on Sunday, 09 August 2009 21:12
 
09
Aug
2009
The whales are back...
Blog - News
Written by Pierre Lesage   
The whales are back in Tahiti for the season which just started early august and will lasts untill late october. This leaves us a few weeks to try to photograph them from the air.
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Oscar Frey, a Mexican marine biologist was introduced to KAP to assist his research in identifying whales and documenting their behaviors in the sea of Cortez
Last Updated on Sunday, 09 August 2009 20:43
 
09
Aug
2009
Here is KAPstock.com !!
Blog - News
Written by Pierre Lesage   
Half blog, half web site, I just wanted to share a hobby that became a passion, share some images, share some technical tips and why not offer my services for low altitude aerial photography (only if you have an interesting idea for a Kite Aerial Photography subject or you want to take aerial pictures of your house, company or festivity and can accept it may take months for the right conditions to come along.... I'm always willing to consider a challenge - especially if you offer an interesting compensation, which need not be of the pecuniary variety !!!)
 
09
Aug
2009
A few interesting books about Kite Aerial Photography
Blog - Misc
Written by Pierre Lesage   
Worldwide Kite Aerial Photography Weekend - 2008
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Images from a few days in May 2008, when Kite Aerial Photographers from all over the world went out to photograph their part of the world using kites to lift cameras.
A great collective compilation of Kite Aerial photography
Published by Blurb.com
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Worldwide Kite Aerial Photography Week - 2009
Images from a few days in May 2009, when Kite Aerial Photographers from all over the world went out to photograph their part of the world using kites to lift cameras.
A great collective compilation of Kite Aerial photography
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Over India: Kite's Eye Photographs of India
nicopix
A very rare collection of the best Kite aerial photography
Last Updated on Saturday, 26 December 2009 05:14
 
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