Less is more?
No more cluttered website. Just the basics.
A change in approach to my aerial photography is about to be set in motion.
Please, please get in touch with any aerial imagery requests you have and I will get back to you swiftly to tell you what I do or don't have in my megamultigigabyte munching library.
During the course of my involvement within the kite aerial photography community I have been lucky to build online relationships around the world. This week I bring you the first in what I hope will be a long running series of introductions to some of those good people.
Up first is Hussam Qasem who lives in Bahrain. Without giving too much away from the attached downloadable document, Hussam's location means that he is not as prolific a KAPer as I'm sure he'd like to be, but he has posted up some wonderful images when conditions allow.
Hussam is typical of the kind of person you will find frequenting Cris Benton's KAP forum - enthusiastic, knowledgeable and generous in sharing and helping others within the community. It is a pleasure to introduce you to Hussam and he has been kind enough to act as the guinea pig for version 1 of my 'tell us a little about yourself' questionnaire that you can access below.
Yeah. Your average Saturday. Er, no.
3 hours, 1 kite, 4 cameras, a mountain of photos. No suncream. Panda eyes. A burnt noggin. And hopefully a happy client once I've waded through the many GBs of image files.
Light painting with Mr Subzero's 350Z. A friendly visit from the on-duty police dog handler wondering what is going on. A hot accident (arm of coat on fire). Secondary police fly-by.
An interesting day!
La Rocque, Jersey.
5 weeks or so since the last blog post which is shameful. Exciting times though.
Full time bean counting is being traded in for something part time so that much more time can be given to Aerial-i. Come November, I will be my own boss for 50% of my working week!
Right now I am nearing the end of my 3 week summer holidays with family which has been great fun. We find ourselves in Jersey right now, with the sound of the waves lapping the beach across the road at St Ouen.
Lots of material to share in due course once I am reunited with my photo processing monster Mac. Above is a little shot taken from the GoPro yesterday afternoon at the lovely La Rocque harbour on Jersey's south-eastern extremity.
It had been far too long since the last boat KAP so with Aub's help (he didn't need much persuading to go out on his boat!) we headed out on Sunday afternoon and grabbed a mooring outside Herm harbour. I say grabbed... it actually took me about 6 attempts to hook up the mooring buoy rope as Aub fought the 20 knot westerly blowing over from Guernsey. Turns out that would be the hardest part of getting set up for the KAP session.
Using the magnificent Storm line winder, I was able fly the PFK delta at various heights to get a range of angles of Herm's lush west coast and also some shots looking across the top of the island.
The Facebook feedback on the panorama picture above has been fantastic. It made the effort in taking the boat out and the subsequent review of many thousands of pictures very worthwhile.
Coming away with images likes this really hits home what beauty is on your doorstep.
The Aerial-i service has this week hooked up with The Best of Guernsey in a bid to 'spread the word' a little more efficiently and to a much bigger audience.
Also in the pipeline is some funky promotional material from the highly regarded TwoDegreesNorth. More to come on that in due course.
Since blog number 1, I have not been out to many new spots primarily because of the rather average weather we have been experiencing of late!
A couple of very light wind outings to Delancey Park and a short sneak to the outskirts of the Guernsey Festival site (see below) this Saturday sum up the last two weeks.
Whenever the weather is not playing ball it does give me a chance to carry on with my photographic self-education and also have a play with some of my light painting kit.
This coming weekend sees the annual Sark to Jersey rowing event take place and I am on a guard boat for the third time in the last five years. The early forecast suggests that my plans to do some boat KAP are unrealistic, but pole cam remains an option for some alternative views of Mr James Briggs (who we are tracking) and his fellow competitors in various categories.
So Aeriali.net is up and running and is ready to take on all challenges put forward.
We are nearly mid-way through 2012 and I have already been out about 40 times with the kites this year. 2011 saw me accumulate 85+ kite aerial photography sessions, inlcuding three short ones in Australia, so 2012 looks set to be as prolific if not quite as far reaching ;-)
I have been fortunate to make contact with and provide photos for a select group of local businesses already this year and hope that the word spreads with each successful assignment.
If you see a large chap flying a kite with a mysterious black object hanging from the line below then there's a 99.9999999% chance it is me. Come and say hello!