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Is This Really a Drone Shot?

In a previous post, I was taking you through how you can fake drone shots using a kite. Today I gave it another go.
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Yesterday I was at one of the many local beaches doing some … guess what … kite flying! The original plan was to fly a couple of ‘new’ rokkakus being donated, but when I set them up, I found they were both missing bowlines. So I had to change my plans slightly.

No worries though, I had more kites in the bag ready to fly and all my KAP-gear in the bag so I got a couple of kites up there and once again I opted for the Peter Lynn Pilot 2 to do the lifting. And while at it I did a couple of fake drone shots using the kite and the KAP-gear again.

The first attempt didn’t work out so well, but the second one did! I’ve found that the best way to do these shots is to pull in a lot of line and having it all lying on the ground right in front of you. Then letting out the line as smoothly as possible using your hands to adjust the kite’s speed. YES! WEAR GLOVES!

When you get this right, the kite is pulling away from you rather than climb, carrying the camera along parallel to the ground. This is best done in medium winds. Too light winds and the kite will not have the power to pull the KAP-gear smoothly if at all. Too much wind and you’ll have problems controlling your line in addition to it burn your hands even if wearing gloves.

But yesterday the wind was spot on and I was able to get this shot!

Is this a drone shot?

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