The summer solstice – or the longest day in the northern hemisphere is always a fun day for Kite Aerial Photography (KAP).
I reserved part of the day for kite flying over the Wind Watcher proving grounds (park behind my home).
The lumpy wind was blowing 10-15 knots out of the South West. I selected my trusty Levitation Light delta kite fitted with a Dynamic Spreader. I selected a recently built Stratospool fitted with 150 lbs. braided Dyneema kite line.
The wind speed near the ground was near zero. Several long line launch attempts were required to get the kite up into clean air at about 300 feet.
The bright blue sky with a few white puffy clouds beckon for a camera…..
I pulled out my always ready to got auto KAP rig fitted with two cameras (Hero3+ and Sony A6000).
A few minutes confirming the manual focus…. followed by a rapid play out of line with the kite quickly climbing high into the sky above pulling the auto KAP rig with it.
Just as quickly as this fun KAP session started…..it ended…..as a fast moving squall line of thunderstorms made a sudden appearance in the sky.
I quickly reeled in kite line using the Stratospool and recovered the auto KAP rig. The kite quickly followed the KAP rig to the ground just as the first few sprinkles fell from the sky.
I had a smile on my face after getting everything safely back on the ground without having to replicate Ben Franklin's kite experiment with lighting!
The fierce storm packing winds over 50 mph and lightning quickly overspread the area just 15 minutes later.
Happy Summer Solstice to my fellow KAPers.