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Photographing Kite Flying

Updated on May 12, 2014
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When I was a kid one of my favorite pastimes was to go to the nearest park or open field and give wind to my kites. Flying kites remains today a popular pastime with children as well as with adults.

Seizing on the popularity of this pastime can result in a good and fun photographic project.

You can get a few kites of your own and have some volunteers fly them but you can just as well find a location where there are several people flying them and just photograph them. You will most assuredly need a long zoom lens and also a fast camera.

The best photos result when you capture images as the kite is being hoisted into the air and while they are still relatively close the the ground.

There are also various competitions or fairs where professional kite fliers strut their stuff and showcase very colorful and very creative flying contraptions. Take advantage of any of these competitions as you will likely see many extravagant samples and good kite flying skills.

"Kites may be flown for recreation, art or other practical uses. Sport kites can be flown in aerial ballet, sometimes as part of a competition. Power kites are multi-line steerable kites designed to generate large forces which can be used to power activities such as kite surfing, kite landboarding, kite fishing, kite buggying and a new trend snow kiting. Kites towed behind boats can lift passengers[11] which has had useful military applications in the past.[12]" Wikipedia

Do close ups that showcase the subjects and their workmanship. pay attention to unusual designs as they usually prove to be good images.

Try to frame the kites against the sky so that only they show in the final picture and there are no outside elements that can distract a viewer. Capture some images of exceptional individual samples and try to capture other images which features groups of kites as if flying in unison.

Temper your shoot by including photographs of people enjoying this activity, especially children. For these you do not need to focus too much on the kites themselves but rather on the people.

Do not interfere with the people doing the flying, juts try to capture images and be as innocuous as possible so as to avoid any interruptions.

Remember that during these competitions many professionals spend copious amounts of time not only creating their masterpieces but exercising flying patterns, practicing and coordinating their activities and making preparations which for the most avid can literary take months if not longer.

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    • LuisEGonzalez profile imageAUTHOR

      Luis E Gonzalez 

      5 years ago from Miami, Florida

      susieQ42 & Richard Murray; Thank you both

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      5 years ago

      chariot kite, chariot kite!!:)

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      5 years ago

      I love kites too, Luis. What a nice way to spend the day! Thanks for sharing.

    • LuisEGonzalez profile imageAUTHOR

      Luis E Gonzalez 

      6 years ago from Miami, Florida

      precy anza: Thank you , glad you liked it

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      precy anza 

      6 years ago from USA

      Reading this hub reminds me of flying kites. My brother and dad use to make kites when we we're kids and watch it soar high from the rice field. :) I specially love the 2nd, 4th, 5th, and the 6th photo in here :)


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