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Author Topic: THOUGHTS ON BLACK COLOR KITES PLS?  (Read 5727 times)
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« Reply #15 on: September 15, 2010, 12:43 PM »

I don't want to hijack this thread, but felt I had to mention something.

I was out a few weeks ago flying my tattoo SUL during sunset.  When it got dark to the point that I could still generally see the kite, something weird happened - my tricking just seemed to greatly improve.  

I don't know if it just seemed that way due to poorer visibility, but I like to think that by relying less on what I was seeing and more on what I was feeling on the lines - it just got lots smoother.  

So, who knows, perhaps a darker kite can help get you more in tune with the flying "Force".
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« Reply #16 on: September 15, 2010, 02:06 PM »

A splash of color on a black sail will really pop, a flourescent color will pop right off the kite. I like black and have used it as a main color, but never all black. I lose my purple fade widowmaker in the clouds though, so I see the points made on visibility. I lean more toward the Charcoal Gray color myself lately, even better backlit and colors still pop with it.

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« Reply #17 on: September 15, 2010, 02:20 PM »



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« Reply #18 on: September 15, 2010, 02:53 PM »

All my Sea Devils are second-hand  Cry ... anyway one of them has the RED FLAMES coming out of the exhaust  Shocked  and is my favorite design ... to me this pilot has the perfect mind set on what this sport is all about ... no/yes?  Wink Wink Wink
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« Reply #19 on: September 15, 2010, 04:04 PM »

Somebody say Sea Devil?



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« Reply #20 on: September 15, 2010, 04:23 PM »

My favorite black kite.



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« Reply #21 on: September 15, 2010, 05:19 PM »

my black arm stretcher Cool

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« Reply #22 on: September 15, 2010, 05:39 PM »

The Sea Devils have just enough color to be able to tell where they're at...

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« Reply #23 on: September 15, 2010, 05:57 PM »

To me, all these Sea Devil / Fearless photos show is that the black is just negative space. We certainly see the eyes and highlight panels, but the black might as well just be a flat black sheet for as well as it shows up. If the intent is to be "ominous", that is accomplished with the well done eyes, brows and accents, not the black. JMHO

Allen's picture of the PBSK is one of the very few front-lit shots that shows the black as curved surfaces extremely well.

The hardest kite I've shot recently is a mostly black Ocius. When it was front lit, the black just lost almost all of its depth. And even backlit, it still loses depth in many areas.

Frontlit (acceptable at best as far as "dramatic")


Backlit (much better as far as showing the whole kite)
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« Reply #24 on: September 15, 2010, 06:21 PM »

To me, all these Sea Devil / Fearless photos show is that the black is just negative space. We certainly see the eyes and highlight panels, but the black might as well just be a flat black sheet for as well as it shows up. If the intent is to be "ominous", that is accomplished with the well done eyes, brows and accents, not the black. JMHO

Allen's picture of the PBSK is one of the very few front-lit shots that shows the black as curved surfaces extremely well.

The hardest kite I've shot recently is a mostly black Ocius. When it was front lit, the black just lost almost all of its depth. And even backlit, it still loses depth in many areas.


I completely agree, and that was kinda my point with the beast shot; the kite looks very flat and it can make it tough see depth on a black kite, maybe making it confusing to trick
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« Reply #25 on: September 15, 2010, 09:08 PM »

This one is fun. yes a real one.

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« Reply #26 on: September 16, 2010, 01:29 AM »



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WOW,this is the color style i was thinking of!!!!!!!
nice,looks awsome.
so,is this kite of yours a widow maker by any chance??
cheers
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« Reply #27 on: September 16, 2010, 02:23 AM »



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WOW,this is the color style i was thinking of!!!!!!!
nice,looks awsome.
so,is this kite of yours a widow maker by any chance??
cheers

What are you a smart guy?  Cheesy No its a Sea Devil. The kite and its maker, tend to be controversial, from time to time.

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« Reply #28 on: September 16, 2010, 02:34 AM »

jay,wtf,do you mean am i a smart guy?Huh
how the &%#* would i know what kite it was!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
im no expert unlike you.........



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« Reply #29 on: September 16, 2010, 02:51 AM »

jay,wtf,do you mean am i a smart guy?Huh
how the &%#* would i know what kite it was!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
im no expert unlike you.........



*Let's try to keep the language in bounds.
  Family site and all that.
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* yeah,and NO need for sarcasm by jay and to be a smarty pants,is there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
thank you..........
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