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Berck kite festival 2018 Th Edition: from 14th to 22th of April
This year the kite festival will take place on the seaside of Berck.
On wednesday there will be one Kapnic : it is a travel through the countryside with our friends kite photographers.
You are welcome.
Wolfgang Bieck and Peter van Erkel would be coming to Berck this year .
edited January 27
Wolfgang Bieck and Peter van Erkel are going to be there. Ulli Monsee think to come too.
the first and the second and the third reaction reading Berck +KAP is "I'm arriving", but most probably it will not be feasible... in any case I'm sensitive and interested to all positive occasions in North or West coast of France comme une nouage....
SMAC from Italy
Due to work it will be difficult for me to make it this year....unless a few things change!
I do have fond memories from my past visit. The seaside location combined with the KAPnics make this a special gathering for kite fliers and KAPers!
edited January 27
Thank for your interest for this kite festival, in the past Andrea Casalboni from Italy was coming too.
He came several years with his friends.
You could make a travel with him , why not ?
Thank you for theses pictures. It was great to welcome you.
One participation to the Berck kite festival is still a must for every kaper and everyboby come back with a very good souvenir of this sharing activity ...
Pls share many photos of KAPnic. I hope I'll get the chance once to participate in Berck. Smooth winds for you all
Thank you komikite, we will give you some news .
We will be too next september on the kite festival of Dieppe ( France ).
Coming back in the past in the prestigious history of this seaside resort :
The seaside in Berck plage take the same physionomy as this post card lasting from 1930 ! The seaside in Berck plage take the same physiognomy as this post card lasting from 1930 ! We can recover and find the same conditions of flight with cellular kite of these ancient times ! It is a coming back to the historical practise of kite where Emile Wenz flew for the first time in 1891 ! Kite aerial photography gave a new dimension to this classical windy seaside and helped to be known in all over the world. This happened too with the KAPWA kite aerial photographic association founded by Michel Dusariez From Belgium
On the Kapnic we will receive on this year celebrating the 130 years of the discovery of the kite aerial photography , an exceptional guest : Michel Dusariez .
edited February 17
The Arthur Batut museum opens this year a photographic contest :
This contest looks interesting. Can someone with better French tell me if the theme - "Frontières" - is meant literally or metaphorically - i.e. does it mean an actual (country) border or just a border between two different things (e.g. land and sea, a bridge across a river, etc)?
edited February 18
I think that you can heard about the metaphorical side of the theme.
But in Europe, like in many other places in the world, the "Refugee crisis" sounds ok for "literally or metaphorically".
As I read the "Reglement", the only thing to observe literally is that every picture must be taken "from above", whatever what mean is used to take off the camera (I heard "not only" KAP).
"Vue d'en haut" est à prendre au sens littéral : toute photographie prise en plongée, quel que soit le moyen utilisé pour élever l'appareil au-dessus du sujet".
I think that an oblique picture is ok too (not only zenital ones).
I hope it help you Dave.
Very best regards from France.
It sounds interesting. Thanks for calling my attention onto it! Smooth winds for you
Some help can be provided with the use of cameras .
If can install CHDK on Canon compact cameras, I can program a SD card of 4Go if you furnish one .
The kapnic will take care this year about the celebration of the one hundreds years of the world war one .
I'm at Berck for the festival.
I met with Wolfgang on the Friday. The wind has been too light to fly a camera yet. This afternoon, Saturday, the festival came to life for a short time when the wind increased a little.
I will be flying sport kites with Ken some of the time. Mine is grey with a panther's head on and Ken's is red. We are looking forward to watching the world sport kite championships while flying single line kites in the next arena.
I also will fly the Flexifoil Camera Kite which I was awarded through Facebook. I found that the little Canon camera can mount on the gimbal instead of a phone or sport camera.
It will be certainly on wednesday.
The KAPnic has been and gone already. 11 of us went to two WW1 memorials near Arras. At the first, at the Notre Dame de Lorette, the objective was the commemorative ring with the names of ALL the soldiers who died in the Nord and Pas de Calais departments from all countries and nationalities - a total of 580,000! We found some of our family names though they must have been distant relations.
The wind was less than F1 till 1pm. We had arrived about 10am! 5 KAPers tried to fly and take KAP but even Wolfgang's 4 metre delta wouldn't fly well enough to carry his Go-Pro and tiny picsvet rig till about mid-day.
Ken & I went for a walk, found the bar and went back when the wind was stronger. I then flew a 3m delta for a short time and a pendulum rig with the light Canon A2300. Managing to KAP the ring and also the cemetery with the church and an older memorial in it.
The kite really needed a tail and mis-behaved so I cut the session short. I found the tail today in the motorhome!
The pic-nic wasn't till 2-30 as KAPers wanted to make the most of the wind once it arrived! Thanks José and Phillippe for a tasty spread.
Afterwards it was decided to go across the valley to the Vimy Ridge Canadian memorial. José got permission for us to fly, accompanied by a memorial guide, and some very good and close photos were taken.
It was a long day and finished with a communal, convivial meal for us all at Jean-Daniel's flat which didn't finish till the early hours!!
Didn't Fly High today!
A great day with fellow kapers.
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