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Best Of 2008

(January 1st - December 30th, 2008)

Nikos Giannakopoulos

Bungy Jumping at Isthmus of Corinth

James Gentles

Berck Kite Festival

Berck-sur-Mer, Pas de Calais, France

April 7, 2008, 10:27 CET

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Every year this small French seaside town plays host to kite enthusiasts from all over the world, in 2008 this included the Kiting World Championships as well as the more normal fare of line laundry (like the tubes in the sky), and wind gardens (decorating the beach beside the board-walk). The promenade is transformed with marquees, full of traders, experts and others. The hotels, restaurants and bars buzz with kiters meeting new and old friends and exchanging stories.

But the talking point of the week had to be the night it snowed, lots! Look carefully and you can still see the remnants on the roofs, streets and beach.
Learn more about the Festival at http://www.cerf-volant-berck.com

Learn more about Kite Aerial Photography at http://www.gentles.info/KAP/

Europe / France

Lat: 50° 24' 31.1" N
Long: 1° 33' 37.7" E

Elevation: ~300ft

→ maps.google.com [EXT]

Precision is: Unknown / Undeclared.

Nikon 8400 with FC-E9 Lens. Home-made camera cradle / rig, triggered by a gentLED intervalometer. Suspended below a Flowform parafoil type kite with 30 square foot sail area.

This technique produces two hemispheres, and a different workflow in PTGui from the classic ground pano technique. This results in lower resolution BUT impossible angles!

See the rig at http://www.gentles.info/KAP/Rigs/index.htm?item=7 how Kite Aerial Photography is achieved at http://www.gentles.info/KAP/Overview/index.htm and the workflow at http://www.gentles.info/KAP/Gallery/Panotechnique/index.htm
Behind the scene : how this panorama was made
Making these panoramas from cameras suspended from kites requires different techniques to ground panoramas, basically the camera platform isn't stable enough so this image consists of 2 hemispheres.

The NADIR hemisphere is taken from the kite offering the view looking down on the schene. The ZENITH hemisphere is taken from the ground, in this case it was taken about 40minutes later, from amongst the "line laundry" of tubes and crabs.

So, I've pushed reality a little but I hope you like the effect!

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