Waipio Valley - Kite Aerial (KAP)



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Shots from a kite aerial photography session in Waipi`o Valley on the Big Island of Hawai`i - This was a wonderful session with clean wind and fairly steady camera position. I did walk it around a little, and changed altitude several times, so there's more than one vantage point in this set.

A couple of the shots include the kite line. Unfortunately in several of those the camera focused on the kite line instead of the scenery. Wonders of modern cameras...

Equipment used:
Kite - 6' rokkaku
Line - #200 braided dacron
Rig - Brooks BBKK + Pan Gearbox
Camera - Canon A650IS
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Date Created 2/25/2009

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TonyErnst Over 1 year ago
Another great aerial - keep them coming. And add the geotag!
dariusmonsef Over 1 year ago
Awesome. I wonder if you could get some more shots from the lookout and maybe up the razorback on the other side... you could get a pretty solid coverage of the whole mouth of the valley.
tbenedict Over 1 year ago
I really didn't do this shoot with the intention of putting the shots into Photosynth. (Heck, when I did this flight I hadn't even created an account here!) If I were to go back and do it again, I'd probably launch at the river, move to one end of the beach, and take full 360 hemispherical panoramas, moving a few hundred feet between each set. That would give a couple of nice vantage points to pan around in.

There are some good vantage points to stop and take big sets of pictures on the trail at the north end of the valley. Taking pictures there and at the overlook would kind of round the whole thing out. I'll have to give that a try next time I'm down there. Thanks for the idea!

Fred_Oxford Over 1 year ago
great photos - and incredible how they synthed
robert_sprout Over 1 year ago
Don't you hate it when you do something amazing, and everyone on photosynth responds with their own brand of advice? AS IF! This rocks. You're my idol.
tbenedict Over 1 year ago
Naaah, it's all good. I'm new to Photosynth, so the more advice the merrier.

I do plan to go back, and include a full session from the overlook. Ideally I'd walk in and make stops along the way to get as many angles as possible. But it's gonna make for a long day!
Scott Over 1 year ago
No advice, just props. :-)
snorky2k Over 1 year ago
With this economy, I may never get to visit Hawaii. It is such a beautiful state. Thanks for sharing. The idea of using a kite is brilliant.
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