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All You Can Hear is the Sound of the Wind

It was supposed to rain ... a lot! But despite what was promised in the weather forecast, the clouds parted and the sun popped out. The wind was blowing too!
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…and I was supposed to stay indoor and maybe start filming for the “How to build a Rokkaku” video. But when the sun popped out, I jumped into the KiteMobile for a bit of flying instead!

The wind was coming from a Nort-Easterly direction and I knew exactly where to fly; on the west side of the Kurefjord, perfectly exposed for that wind direction. After a 10 minutes drive, I stopped the car at the parking, pulled out the gear from the booth and after yet another five minutes I was ready to fly.

September 30th and autumn, more autumn colours and more aerial video. At this location, there were several aspens now dressed with golden leaves that I thought would look sharp against the surrounding green pines. I was a little doubtful what line to use; 100kg or 50kg, but concluded using the heavier one. After having the large, orange Rokkaku up there, I found the line to be a tad on the heavy side, but if I dropped the gimbal, I thought the setup would work.

I gave it a go. I fixed the KAP-rig – without the gimbal – to the flying line and the wind/kite/line combo was up to the job, albeit barely. I had to work the kite high up into the air, and when I finally had it high enough, no more work!

I had mounted the camera facing straight down in order to film the trees from that straight down angle hoping to catch some of those autumn colours provided by Mother Nature. And not using that gimbal of mine I also crossed fingers for relatively smooth winds and footage.

When I got back home and watched the footage on my larger screen, most of it was useful and not (too) unstable. And I also had gotten quite a few nice shots of those golden aspens!

All You Can Hear is the Sound of the Wind

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