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Title: Pulling Strings @ Shoreline
Post by: JayDee on September 02, 2010, 01:10 AM
A few takes from an evening of flying my Talon Standard at my usual stomping grounds. This video nicely illustrates the following aspects:
  • A top-level kite can make you look a much better flier than you actually are.
  • The Jest of Eve Talon combines trickability with a huge amount of precision.
  • Cell phone videos have come a long, long way. But a dedicated camera would still be that nudge better.
  • It was not until I flew one of my older kites that I realized how easily careful kite designs can recover from tip wraps -- and how much I had gotten used to it. I purposely left a few tip wraps in the video to show how most of them can be recovered without a lot of tugging, many even in flight and almost unnoticed. The older (or cheaper) kites invariably need to land.
Thanks to Kris for filming. Great job for a first-timer! Thanks to Mark for making such a gorgeous kite. Thanks to you for watching.

Pulling Strings at Shoreline (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXirc1jBpM0#)

Edit: Fixed embedded Youtube video


Title: Re: Pulling Strings @ Shoreline
Post by: art on September 03, 2010, 02:52 PM
The quality of the kite is important but dont shorthand your pilot skills, they are top notch. Really enjoyed viewing.


Title: Re: Pulling Strings @ Shoreline
Post by: Allen Carter on September 03, 2010, 07:38 PM
This a guy I've seen at Shoreline every few months for the past couple of years. Big fun to watch a flyer's progress.

Good work!

But what precision are you referring too? There isn't a straight line or two consecutive turns in there! :-)


Title: Re: Pulling Strings @ Shoreline
Post by: JayDee on September 03, 2010, 11:57 PM
@ art: Thanks for the compliment.  I am glad you enjoyed it.  In the end, that's what seems to be the driver behind making so many things like paintings, movies, music, kites and kite videos:  Giving somebody some enjoyment.

@ Allen: It's as big fun to make that progress.  Not sure what you mean about the lack of precision, though.  It's as straight as I can manage, and there are many consecutive turns in more or less rapid succession in the video ;)

Seriously: Even if the video may not show  old-school precision flying, it would look a lot more wobbly with many other kites.  And among the kites I have flown, the Talon is in the top three in the precision score with a clear lead in tricks.  You are still welcome to give the Talon a whirl when we meet the next time.  It's been a few months, hasn't it?


Title: Re: Pulling Strings @ Shoreline
Post by: mikenchico on September 04, 2010, 11:07 AM
Something about that video I truly enjoyed, if you broke it down it would fall on it's face, poor equipment, shaky filming, basic editing, but you caught something with it. Great job, thanks for sharing.



Title: Re: Pulling Strings @ Shoreline
Post by: durangodriftkid on September 11, 2010, 06:49 PM
Even had the girlfriend say she liked it!  I enjoyed your video sir and i like the title  :)
especially the POV shots and the "little" guest appearance at the end. 










Title: Re: Pulling Strings @ Shoreline
Post by: JayDee on September 12, 2010, 12:16 PM
Even had the girlfriend say she liked it!  I enjoyed your video sir and i like the title  :)
especially the POV shots and the "little" guest appearance at the end. 

Thanks! I am glad you and your girlfriend like it.  Kris and I continue polishing our technique for the POV shots without demolishing the camera or causing black eyes ;)

Unfortunately, I screwed up the aspect ratio for the credits in the end. So they extend out of frame when the video is embedded.  Can be viewed fully on YouTube, though.

@ Mike: I am working on the poor equipment bit.  In the end, it is a cell phone video.  And considering that, the image quality is not bad at all.  I just hope better equipment will not make it more difficult to capture that special something.