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Cheapest, simplest kite aerial photography rig
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Two tent pegs taped together with a £28, 808#16D key chain camera on the left (best flown with a safety line between the camera and the kite line).

[Image: 808pendulum.jpg]

[Image: 808tether.jpg]
Simple loop-through safety line.

[Image: 808kite03.jpg]

Attachment point formed by two 'large' velcro pads with two small ones in between (video still taken with the 808#16D fastened to the kite line)

Kite video clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADOjyOg2f...e=youtu.be

Pole video clip for comparison:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhFngjTew...e=youtu.be

Water rocket vertical video clip for comparison: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5bktfT6e...e=youtu.be using the same camera, in the same field.

Click on the YouTube cogwheel icon to select HD

[Image: 808kite02.jpg]

A still from the above kite video.
I am the dot casting the shadow in the lower right of the image.
The kite was flown by West Lothian Archaeology Group member Heidi Walker.

The low sun reveals how even a cheap camera, like the 808#16D, can pick up details in the snow.

A wire coat hanger will be tried next with a weighted longer vertical arm to improve stability.

Aerial photographic techniques suitable for children (with details of software for easily removing lens distortion)
West Lothian Archaeological Trust
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#2
you should get medals for this John
If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers
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#3
Absolutely! Most impressive.

Going to have to get you to come along to one of the school classes I am invovled with to show the little bleed/// model citizens what can be done with good old fashioned thought!
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#4
Thanks folks ;o)

David, hows about I give you a camera, kite, line and a wire rig......together with a demo, to get you going! ...but don't tell anyone else ;o)
E-mail me to set up a meet or come along to the HS Cairnpapple weekend in April.
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#5
[SIZE=2]A kite aerial photography thread relating to children and archaeology:
http://arch.ced.berkeley.edu/kap/discuss...kap#Item_1

NB the comment ' I think that it is important to demonstrate KAP but I would be cautious about giving the impression that anyone can do it'

This is just the sort of attitude that the West Lothian Archaeological Trust is trying to change!

I realise that I sound a bit evangelical, but archaeologists and others will eventually realise that it is easy to fly a good kite and hang a camera on the line........that day will come...............
Glory hallelujah ;o)
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#6
Coat hanger wire video cam:

[Image: coathangerrig.jpg]

[Image: coathangerrig03.jpg]


Video clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92XZHEX8r...e=youtu.be

Click on the YouTube cogwheel icon to select HD


[Image: coathangercam01.jpg]

Any further modifications will be posted on: http://www.armadale.org.uk/aerialtechniq...ildren.htm
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#7
does it look like this when its not windy?
Reason: your past is my past
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#8
No wind.....no problem....even easier!

The camera is so small, you can use one or more party balloons depending on size:
You do not even need to use the tent pegs, just velcro the camera below the balloon!
[Image: balloon01b.jpg]
http://www.armadale.org.uk/balloonphotography.htm

But wind-free days are few and far between where I live.

With little or no wind you can still use a kite, but you do have to run or walk briskly, as here with a near infra-red camera (converted Fuji F30):

[Image: kinneil01.jpg]
http://www.armadale.org.uk/kinneil.htm

Or, if you have a bottle, fire that into the air ;o)
http://www.armadale.org.uk/ballisticphotography.htm#the

[Image: rocketabc.jpg]

.....but it is not ideal for built-up areas and it is a bit hit and miss!

It's kids stuff:
[Image: cairnpapplemurray06.jpg]
http://www.armadale.org.uk/cairnpapple.htm

It is the interpretation of the aerial images, in relation to what can be seen walking the ground, where the true skill is required.

But why kites:

Low initial cost
No running cost
Low skill requirements
High resolution
Ready to use when needed
Single person operation (but two better!)
Zero environmental impact (no fuel / noise)
Upgradeable to remote control and video preview if necessary
Relatively safe
Long flight times
Less restrictive regulations than with UAVs eg quadrocopters
Ability to lift a heavy load ;o)

[Image: skylincs.jpg]
http://www.skylincs.co.uk/
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