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This definitely defines me as a nerd. Going flying in the middle of the night, pitch-black conditions, -10°C and winds at about 10m/sec!
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It had been a cold, windy and snowy day. The ground was covered in a nice white blanket of that fluffy stuff and the wind had formed snow drifts all over the place.

I’ve had this idea in my head for a while and today … or rather yesterday … I was ready. I equipped myself with a brand new headlight which was supposed to give me 1000 lumens. Now that should be enough light to go flying in the middle of the night, at least when flying on a short set of lines.

I was also kind of curious if the light was sufficient to shoot some video despite the darkness surrounding the flying field. Well, I guess there’s only one way of finding out, so I gave it a go.

Arriving at the beach at 10:20 PM and a quick check of the conditions… -10°C, an onshore wind clocking in at between 8 and 9m/sec (18-22,5mph) will give you a wind chill of -20°C (-4,5°F). Better be dressed for the occasion!

So…. how did it work?

Actually, it worked out way better than I’d anticipated! The headlight had no problems whatsoever lighting up the kite well enough for flying. The white cover of snow added to the light and improved the conditions further.

I also did shoot some video. Off course it wasn’t exactly the quality I’m used to filming in daylight, but pretty decent nevertheless.

Just check out the video below!

Sven is doing Nerd Stuff

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