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Old Aug 8, 2010, 6:08 AM   #1
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This kite was huge and cost about $1800. Check the size of the 'string'. By the way, the black spot you can see at 2 o'clock position from the colorful ring is another kite that was really up there. It also had a video camera attached and was taking video of the area.
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Old Aug 8, 2010, 6:49 AM   #2
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Very nice angle Bynx. You got all: the person, the rope and the fly. I like the shot.
In China there're kite's professionals. I shoot this guy flying a distant big kite -something like 250 or more meters away- with this special wheel, with a back holder to resist the tension:



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The guy's kite was so big he couldnt hold it and it was tethered to a tree. I also met a guy yesterday who is in Guiness Book of Records for flying a kite the highest altitude. It was something in the range of 13,600 feet.

Composition wise, which is better -- the first one or this one?
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Old Aug 8, 2010, 8:24 AM   #4
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13.600 feet!? That's 4.5 kilometers. Insane.
I have memories of my childhood in the coast of Mar del Plata (Atlantic Ocean), our holidays place. There was a guy there that carried a kite with a big line and a hook prepared for sharks! (it was not so rare to capture 5-6 feet sharks but never from the beach). He had something like a release rope, so that when the kite was far enough he liberated the hook to the ocean. To recover the line he had a portable crank. The system worked only when the wind was from the coast to the sea, of course. I saw this guy once in my life displaying all the apparel that included thick leather gloves just in case he hooked a big fish. A picturesque person to say the least, and a feast for the kids.
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When you fly a kite that high you have to get special permission so there is a clearance around the kite. The string is heavy enough to actually take down a small plane if it got caught in the props or wing. You didnt tell me which pic you preferred and why.
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I like the second crop better. Being a tighter crop, my eye follow the string/rope from his arm all the way up. And I though getting my kite up to 400 feet was a huge deal!!
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May be #1. More sense of distance, more arms tension.
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Nice composition on #1.
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i think the second works better for me clone the dust spot too
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Simon that dust spot is a kite. Its another big one but was so bloody high up it looked like a spot. There was a movie camera attached to it and was taking movies. The guy turned it on and sent the kite up. After half an hour the camera turned off. Apparently the video was pretty bad with all the movement. But stills might be good. I have an idea for a stabilizer that would work so the quality would be hollywood if I got the chance to do it.
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