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Author Topic: 25th Anniversary Quantum on a very windy beach  (Read 1676 times)
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« on: August 29, 2017, 08:00 PM »

I don't know why I pulled the trigger and bought one of the garish 25th Anniversary Prism Quantums in a week where I'm clearing out kites by the dozen in the Swap Meet, but I did.

After a week of selling and shipping kites I had to get out and fly. I haven't flown since Kite Party in March!!!

So here's a little video from this evening. It was way too windy, but the Quantum hung in there just fine. I got some exercise too!  Cheesy

https://youtu.be/CH8ii30th8s
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« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2017, 08:15 PM »

Woah, that kite is an eyeful!
I'd like to know more about the video photography - I'm assuming a drone, but could you fill in the details?
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« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2017, 08:18 PM »

I am assuming the complimentary eye protection that must come with that kite came in handy for purchasers during the eclipse.  Shocked  Roll Eyes

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« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2017, 09:47 PM »

Woah, that kite is an eyeful!
I'd like to know more about the video photography - I'm assuming a drone, but could you fill in the details?

Yeah, my wife always teases me about my "boring" kites, and has bought me a number of colorful Prism SLKs at toy shops ("That's what a real kite looks like!"), so this was sort of for her...

Or just 'cause I'm a Prism Fan Boy from the '90s?

 Cheesy

Yeah, a drone. I have only ever made like one other sport kite video in all these years, so I had no idea what I was doing, but I've been using the drone for still photography a lot and it was in the trunk of the car when I got the kite out, so I figured, why not?

It was way too windy, both for the kite and the drone, and I had to prop the kite up and walk the lines back to the handles, hold the handles in one hand to keep the kite from blowing away and launch the drone and maneuver it close to the kite, start filming, fly up and back to get what seemed to be the right field of view (I was way off and had to crop the video a lot) then put down the drone controller (on a strap around my neck) and fly the kite. You can see me take up the drone controller again after I land the kite.
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« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2017, 11:04 PM »

I thought the drone footage was awesome, and really demonstrated how much forward movement was required to hold that kite on it's back and complete a nice trick.  This is one area of learning some of the advanced tricks that has puzzled me, exactly how much movement fore/aft is required.

I'm definitely going to put the new DJI Mavic in the car with the kite bag... this makes TOTAL sense to shoot from this POV!

Thanks Allen!
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« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2017, 11:18 PM »

Yeah, wind was pretty strong. I pretty much never fly above 10mph and it was 15 & gusting.

So remembering to move my ass upwind to be able to hold the fade across the middle of the window and rotate out was pure muscle memory.  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

As most of my flying is low wind, I'm usually backpedalling...
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