Notes on Kite Aerial Photography: Gallery
In this ground-based image,
Charlie and Thomas Benton, my kite aerial photography partners, are pointing to a Tom
McAlister kite train at the Berkeley Waterfront.
Charlie & Thomas at the Berkeley Waterfront, May 1995 (25K jpg)
This section of pages contains images from my kite aerial photography efforts. Each of the links below leads to a group of four to eight images. Click on the small inline image to see a larger version. So far, the images in the Gallery are my own. However, I am very interested in displaying your images as well. If you have kite aerial photographs that you could contribute to these pages, please send a note via email.
The roster below organizes my gallery pages by topic. A chronological roster is available on the KAP Home Page. You can also take a peek at shoots that have yet to make it to gallery pages by visiting my Queue Page or a new section featuring Thumbnail Galleries..
SAMPLERS of my BEST KAP IMAGES (c. 1997)
I culled through all of my images in 1997 to select a set for display. This was sufficiently entertaining that I cast the images forward in a series of sampler pages. I need to add images from the last five years. In the meantime you can also take a look at my image folders on photo.net.
1997 Sampler No. 1 - Nautical
1997 Sampler No. 2 - Architectural
1997 Sampler No. 3 - Miscellaneous
General folder on photo.net
Older folder on photo.net
Nautical folder on photo.net
The UNIVERSITY of CALIFORNIA,
Since I live next to and work on the Berkeley Campus it is natural enough that I've turned my kite camera toward this photogenic target. Beginning in 1996 I began what will probably be a multi-year project of shooting the lair of the bear from the air. We are blessed with a photogenic campus that I find entertaining to photograph.
Hearst Mining Building Seismic Retrofit #2, Aug 2000
Hearst Mining Building Seismic Retrofit #1, Aug 2000
Wurster Hall Seismic Retrofit #2, June 2000
Wurster Hall Seismic Retrofit #1, June 2000
Life Science Building, May 2000
Wellman Hall, May 2000
Edwards Track Stadium #2, April 2000
Edwards Track Stadium #3, April 2000
Sproul Plaza #1, April 2000
Return to Wurster Hall, April 1998
Central Campus at Sunset, April 1998
Harmon Gym under Renovation, March 1998
CAL Sports Stadia, March 1998
DNA Sculpture Revisited at LHS, August 1997
Plaza at LHS, August 1997
Doe Library, May 1997
More Ctrl. Campus, November 1996
Yet More Ctrl. Campus, November 1996
Autumn Shots of the Campanile, October 1996
Campanile Revisited, June 1996
Campanile under Overcast, June 1996
High Views of Ctrl. Campus, May 1996
Wurster Hall, May 1996
Doe Library, May 1996
Ctrl. Campus Revisited, April 1996
Lawrence Hall of Science, April 1996
DNA Sculpture at LHS, April 1996
Central Campus, December 1995
Campanile, December 1995
After 12 years Berkeley has become our hometown and a fine one it is too. The kids and I have learned the techniques of kite aerial photography by wandering around Berkeley and flying here and there. These pages present bird's eye views of Berkeley captured in such outings.
Near the Pacific School of Religion #2, March 1998
Near the Pacific School of Religion, March 1998
Offshore Winds -- Berkeley Waterfront, November 1997
Fourth Street, Berkeley, May 1997
Holy Hill at Sunset, January 1997
Above the Berkeley Yacht Club, June 1996
Images from a Berk. Afternoon, March 1996
Berkeley Marina #2, January 1996
Pacific School of Religion, Sept. 1995
Waterfront Green (near Kite Area), July 1995
Berkeley Marina #1, June 1995
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
One of the nicest aspects of Berkeley is its location just across San Francisco Bay from the city of San Francisco. The city (as we call it) is a great place to visit and we make it over there around once a week. These pages will chronicle my ongoing KAP exploration of the city.
Fort Point, May 2000
Mt. Davidson Neighborhoods, May 2000
Mt. Davidson in San Francisco, May 2000
Near the St. Francis Yacht Club, October 1998
The Dutch Windmill, Golden Gate Park, May 1997.
The West End, Golden Gate Park, May 1997.
Lawn Bowling , Golden Gate Park, May 1997.
Conservatory , Golden Gate Park, May 1997.
Telegraph Hill at Sunset, January 1997
The Jeremiah O'Brien, October 1996.
St. Francis Yacht Club #1, September 1996.
St. Francis Yacht Club #2, September 1996.
Telegraph Hill, August 1996.
Crissy Field in San Francisco, August 1996.
Pier 39 in San Francisco, August 1996.
Playground, Golden Gate Park, July 1996.
The San Francisco Waterfront, March 1996.
Oakland lies to the immediate south of Berkeley and has its own distinct character. We will try to capture some of it.
Port of Oakland, November 1997
Kayaks at Jack London Square, August 1996.
More Jack London Square, March 1996.
Jack London Square in Oakland, October 1995
POINT RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA
Point Richmond is a quirky little community with a vivid history that runs from vice and land speculation a century ago to industry at mid-century to residential development and sailing today. I've accrued quite a few images during my Sunday trips to Pt. Richmond for the boy's Junior Sailing Program.
Ford Motor Car Assembly Plant #4, December 2000
Ford Motor Car Assembly Plant #3, May 2000
Ford Motor Car Assembly Plant #2, May 2000
Ford Motor Car Assembly Plant #1, May 2000
Brickyard Landing Condominiums #2, April 1998
Brickyard Landing Condominiums, April 1998
Richmond Yacht Club, El Toros, November 1997
Richmond Yacht Club, General Scenes, November 1997
Richmond Yacht Club, Boat Views, November 1997
Pt. Richmond Oil Tanks, November 1997
Pt. Richmond Revisited, November 1996.
Richmond Yacht Club #2, November, 1996.
Richmond Yacht Club at Sunset, October 1996.
Laser/Radial US National Championship, July 1996.
Sailing on San Francisco Bay, March 1996
MARIN HEADLANDS and the
GOLDEN GATE NATIONAL RECREATION AREA (GGNRA)
The Marin Headlands lie just to the north of the Golden Gate Bridge. The headlands are covered with old military installations. An easy drive from Berkeley, they are a frequent destination for Sunday afternoon picnics. What's a picnic without flying a kite? Also included are other sites within the GGNRA including Mt. Tamalpais.
Sunset at Bolinas Ridge, April 2000
Battery Mendell Revisited, July 1998
Marc Guetre at Marin Headlands, April 1998
The Port of Oakland, April 1998
Battery Mendell Revisited, March 1998
Spring on Bolinas Ridge Road, March 1998
Spring on Bolinas Ridge Road #2, March 1998
The Point Bonita Lighthouse #2, August 1997,
The Point Bonita Lighthouse, August 1997
Marin County Civic Center, May 1997
Bolinas Ridge Road #1, January 1997
Bolinas Ridge Road #2, January 1997
Battery Mendell in November, November 1996
Point Bonita, November 1996
Battery Mendell, May 1996
More Gun Emplacements, January 1996
Gun Emplacements, June 1995
POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE
The Pt. Reyes Seashore is by any account a special place. Over the last twelve years we've averaged over a dozen trips to Pt. Reyes per year. When I was first musing about kite aerial photography an ongoing documentation of the Pt. Reyes landscape immediately came to mind. I consider this a twenty year project.
Skim Boarding at Drake's Beach, April 2000
Midday at Drake's Beach, April 2000
Chimney Rock Revisited, March 1998
Near Drake's Beach, March 1998
Surfing at Drake's Beach, March 1998
Drake's Beach, May 1997
Waves at Drake's Beach, May 1997
Pierce Ranch on a Clear Day, March 1997
A Limantour Beach Sunday, July 1996
Bentons on the Beach, July 1996
Coast Camp Birthday, June 1996
Limantour Beach at Sunset, June 1996
Beach Abstractions, June 1996
Chimney Rock, November 1995
The Inverness Yacht Club #2, November 1995
Pierce Ranch #2, November 1995
Limantour Beach, November 1995
Waves at Limantour Beach, November 1995
Pt. Reyes Beaches, July 1995
Pierce Ranch #1, June 1995
The Inverness Yacht Club #1, June 1995
During the summer of 2000, Claudia, the boys, and I accompanied a dozen undergraduate architecture students from UC Berkeley on travels through Berlin and Paris. The Bentons four then continued to Chinon, France and a bit of Normandy. In 2001, Claudia and I made a similar trip to London and Oxford with a preliminary stay in Lyme Regis on the coast of the English Channel. These pages contain images from those treks.
Longues Battery in Normandy #2, Aug 2000
Longues Battery in Normandy #1, Aug 2000
The Loire meets the Vienne, Aug 2000
Village of St. Martin, France, Aug 2000
Sunflowers at Chateau d'Ussy, Aug. 2000
Chinon, France from the Chateau, Aug. 2000
Chinon, France No. 2, Aug. 2000
The Vineyards north of Chinon, Aug. 2000
BEYOND the BAY AREA
In the summer of 1996 Claudia and I took a blissful vacation to Hawaii. Since that trip I have found several opportunities to travel with my KAP gear. These pages contain images from the road.
The Boy Scouts Do a Good Deed, July 1996
A Kapa'a Beachfront in Early Light, July 1996
More Beach Scenes from Kapa'a, July 1996
Beach Abstractions, July 1996
North Shore of Oahu, Misc., June 1999
North Shore of Oahu, Vacation Rentals, June 1999
North Shore of Oahu, Old Haleiwa Town, June 1999
North Shore of Oahu, Ocean's Edge #2, June 1999
North Shore of Oahu, Ocean's Edge #1, June 1999
North Shore of Oahu, Introduction, June 1999
The Santa Cruz Coastline, October 1995
The Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse, February 1997
Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz, February 1997
Natural Bridges, Santa Cruz, June 1997
Steamer Lane Revisited, Santa Cruz, June 1997
Corn and Hay in Central Valley, July 1997
Municipal Pier, Santa Barbara, July 1997
Beachfront, Santa Barbara, July 1997
SBSE Beach Portraits, Santa Barbara, July 1997
Canoes on Lake Utica, July 1997
More Views of Lake Utica, July 1997
Boy Scout Camp at Lake Utica, July 1997
Cilantro Fields in the Salinas Valley, July 1997
St. Simons Island,
GA - Lighthouse, August 1997
St. Simons Island, GA - King & Prince Hotel, August 1997
St. Simons Island, GA - Pelican Spit, August 1997
St. Simons Island, GA - Tino's Boat, August 1997
St. Simons Island, GA - East Beach, August 1997
A Trip through the American Southwest, October 1998
Canyon de Chelly #2, June 1999
Canyon de Chelly #1, July 1999
Bryce Canyon Introduction, May 2000
Bryce Canyon Abstractions, May 2000
Bryce Canyon Hoodoos, May 2000
pueblo bonito in Chaco Canyon Intro, May 2000
pueblo bonito in Chaco Canyon Bluff, May 2000
pueblo bonito in Chaco Canyon Rock, May 2000
Ciudad Vieja, Guatemala, May 1999
Burning Man 2001, Table of Contents, August 2001
Burning Man 2001, Above Black Rock City, August 2001
Burning Man 2001, Black Rock City cont., August 2001
Burning Man 2001, Art Installations, August 2001
Burning Man 2001, Life on the Playa, August 2001
Burning Man 2001, Art Installations cont., August 2001
Burning Man 2001, Bicycles and the Shadows, August 2001
Burning Man 2001, The Man, August 2001
Burning Man 2001, Aerial Portraits, August 2001
Herein lie photographs that fail to match the other categories. I guess almost any endeavor offers its miscellaneous items. In this case it is photographs ranging from craked mud textures to a WWII biplane. I'm beginning to work on traveling with the kite and camera gear. With luck this section will expand.
Houses under Construction, March 1998
Pigeon Point Lighthouse Revisited, October 1997
Coyote Hills in Spring, May 1997.
Coyote Hills Ground Textures, May 1997.
Pumpkins, Pigs, and Piers, January, 1997.
KAP Portraits, January, 1997
Pigeon Point Lighthouse, October 1996.
A Stearman PT-17 Biplane, October 1996.
Coyote Hills Regional Park, August 1996.
Mud Flat at Coyote Hills, August 1996.
the Monterey Bay Aquarium, July 1996..
Goldsmith Seeds #2, August 1999
Goldsmith Seeds #1, August 1999
Berkeley Pier, May 1995 (34K jpg)
I took this shot late in the day at the end of the Berkeley Pier. The wind was failing while the light improved and this made for an interesting time. I would be on the verge of taking an image when a lull would hit (you could see them coming across the water) and all attention would have to be given to the kite. The possibility of seeing my rig hit the salt water was sufficiently real that I threw in the towel after taking three frames.
A reduced version of the top-level gallery key map. The map set zooms down through five different scales to provide detail where appropriate.
Since most of my kite images are from the San Francisco
Bay Area, I've assembled a set of maps showing the approximate location of each gallery
page. A good place to start is the top-level map of the Bay
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