I spent the day flying on Minchinhampton Common, Stroud, Gloucestershire.
The National Trust had a fun day which included a challenge to fly 100 kites! I managed to capture a few successful snaps of the kites and the event after the rain had stopped and the sun came out. However, it was a bit tricky to avoid the other kites and their tails, not to mention the cows!
No issues other than rain on the lens and the number of shots in a set went from 40 to 2, but it was straight forward to change back in the settings. I think the camera changed the amount because I had filled the memory card, but once I deleted some photos it didn't readjust by itself, but it was easy to change.
And I remembered the knot this time to attach to the ground peg which made a massive difference, shown on the snaps website.
The National Trust Rangers expressed an interest in using KAP to monitor the changes in the land :-)
Cows are not usually a problem, especially on widely used common land....it is what they leave behind. At least the Pentax is water and dung proof. New KAPers will soon realise that descending kites and cameras are uncanny cowpat locators ;o(
Horses and sheep (in the lambing season) are very sensitive and should be avoided.
Good point about the memory card.
I was out with National Trust for Scotland archaeologists this week, handing over a starter and standard KAP kit. They were removing bones from a newly discovered cist when I arrived!
As for the kite, well it depends how brave you are and what the conditions are like on the day. I would say a larger kite, something like a larger power sled would easily lift it under the correct conditions. I am sure John will chip in here with his own advice.
Well John...how long is a short piece of string? When I'm flying kites it always seems that you never have the perfect kite (even carrying 50 or more), but the reality is when you have a day when the wind is good then you can fly almost anything. Sunday past at St. Andrews the wind was 8-10mph all day and never changed direction which allowed us to fly a lot of kite close together without getting into trouble. I've been using my 8' Delta Conyne with my rig which weighs just over 300g and it produces plenty of lift and has been totally reliable...so far. In stronger winds a small parafoil or power sled works well but gusty winds can cause them to collapse and recovery isn't always possible. The HQ flowform looks like a good bet in stronger winds but I haven't tried one yet. I've also been digging out some of my older kites to try. i.e. 2m Rokkaku, Tri-D and Flare all of which give a good steady pull and could be OK for KAP. At the moment I'm trying as many different combinations as I can to see what's best / easiest to use. The photographic side is another challenge to try and improve the technique and get better photos.