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12-21-2010, 02:12 AM   #1
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[langtitle=nl]W90 used for kite aereal photograpy[/langtitle]

I am using the W90 since a few months for kite aereal photograpy.

If you want to see some pictures of the result; please check B-kites.

Still some work in discovering the correct setting:
- The camera is moving (hanging under the kite) .
- The object is mostly NOT moving (Just the oposite of sport photography)
- Distance between 50 - 100 m above the ground.

Any suggestions for better setting is fine;

Image tone: natural
Recorded Pixels 12m
Quality level ***
White Balance AWB
AF Setting auto focus
AE Metering. Spot meetering
Sensitivity 200
Iso Correction ISO 80 - 200
EV Compensation -0,3
Pixel track sr. On
Blink off
fix 200 iso
Focus: infin
Blink detection Y
Digital Zoom Y

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12-21-2010, 10:40 AM   #2
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Bert, I took a quick look at your photos on your site, and I can't think of much I'd change. They look great to me!

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12-21-2010, 03:48 PM   #3
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Great Kites

Some nice images there, couldn't click on most of them so can't give you any opinions. Some great kites there....Wonderful work....
12-22-2010, 03:01 AM   #4
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Thanks for the positive comments. It is quite an adventure to take pictures that way.
You're right, the pictures on the website are +/- OK. But too many of my pictures , which I did not publish, are blured, moved.
So I am looking for the best settings for rapid camera movements, The list of current setting is in my first post.

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Hi Bert,
as far a I know you will get a sort of panning shot effect whenever the camera is swinging through a motion.

If it's just vibration, rule of thumb for sports is about 1500/s. and you could check your blurred pics for exposure.

Here is a detailed sketch of a Picavet suspension and I am not sure how you have fixed the camera to the kite. They talk about line vibrations ('singing line') as another source of blurred pictures. Here's another link I found useful.

I want to give KAP a try but so far have not had hands-on experience with it.

I hope there was at least something new in what I said :-)
Best, Georg
01-11-2011, 12:54 AM   #6
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Hi Georg,

Thank you so much for your reply.

The german Wikipedia is very complete and I didn't know this web page yet.

Since my hobby is kite making, I think i understand the mechanical part (kite, line, picavet etc...) quite well. The problem is that I do not know that much about photography and more specific all the settings (beside speed and ASA-DIN) you have these days on a camera.

B-kites: KAP Equipment

Thank you so much for your reaction

Here under my current setting... which I do not know if it has any impact on blurb

Image Tone: Natural... OK
Recorded Pixels 12m......OK
Quality Level ***..........OK
White Balance AWB........ ????
AF auto focus Setting.... ???
AE Metering. Spot marker......??? Is this OK for a distance of +50meter??
Sensitivity 200... OK
Correction iso ISO 80 to 200... ??
-0.3 EV Compensation.... ??
Pixel Sr. On Track.. ??
Blink off...??
200 iso fix... OK I guess
Focus: Infine... A must for more than 50 meter
Blink detection Y..??
Digital Zoom Y
01-11-2011, 06:27 AM   #7
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Hi Bert,
I knew I missed something in your webpages (for example the rig :-)

I googled Pixel Sr. and found a link which has some mixed feelings about it,
Pentax Optio P70 Review

As I said you should try checking your EXIF data for ISO, shutter speed and maybe aperture. A nice tool for seeing all EXIF data is ExifTool by Phil Harvey Simply drag your picture file onto the exiftool(-k).exe and see all the data.

You could then take some snaps handheld with intentional shaking/vibrating and test different settings.

Some more thoughts from my side about the settings:

AWB: daylight
AutoFocus setting: infinity or landscape
AutoExosure Metering: matrix/average (should meter the whole pic)
Correction ISO 80 to 200: don't know. Base ISO (best ISO) is 200?
Blink and digital SR: Off

Hey, found another link :-) KAP Discussion Page - Pentax W90 settings

Human KAPing: Paraglider winch towing south of Berlin

Best, Georg
PS: As you have a remote controlled rig you probably have figured out the right moment to release the shutter in a calm moment. Did you test the jolt/twist of your Picavet-suspension when the remote control servo releases the shutter ?
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Awesome, I'd like to try kite photography

Is there a good tutorial on the matter ?

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Fantastic results! I am truly impressed.
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If you want to get an introduction in KAP:
Please check:
I think there is also a lot on my blogsite too: B-kites
I hope this can help you
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A new set up; (see have way the page) or here

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