Nov 21-13

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2013: November: Nov 21-13
Stamp Mill    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Nathan Miller
Tamarack City    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Nathan Miller
Downtown Lake Linden    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Nathan Miller

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 08:05 am:

This past weekend, I was at the Lake Linden Park with my grandsons and we ran into a gentleman who was flying a large kite. I introduced myself and talked with him about the set-up he had and that's when he told me there was actually a camera attached to the line holding the kite and he was taking aerial pictures of the town below. Well, that did it for me, I immediately requested that he send me some of the photos to share here on the Pasty Cam and I'm happy to say, he complied with the three shots here today.

Nathan Miller is his name and his business is Kite Aerial Photography. See more at: Kite Aerial Photography with Nathan Invincible.

The three photos here today are of the Ahmeek Stamp Mill in Tamarack City, another shot over Tamarack City with the Hungarian Falls visible in the upper top portion and the third photo was taken over downtown Lake Linden.

I asked Nathan how the kite/camera set-up works and he gave me the following information:

"I have two kites that I use for different wind conditions, a 9ft Delta and 6.5ft Rokkaku. My camera is housed in a lightweight rig and has a chip programmed to take photos every 5 seconds using a servo that triggers the shutter. After the photo is taken, the rig spins slightly with a second servo. It's all automated so I just have to fly the kite and keep it out of harm's way. It's a great excuse to get outside and enjoy our area's history and environment from a new angle!"
Thanks for sharing, Nathan. It's a great way, indeed, to see all that's around us and we're hoping for more photos from up above in the future!

FOOTNOTE: Yesterday's shots from Melanie Hakala Rossi were really some beauties. If you missed them, just click here: Wednesday, Nov. 20, to take a look at them!
jbuck (Jbuck) on Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 08:10 am:

Wow!!! How cool is that?

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 08:15 am:

Impressive aerial kite photos! I hope Nathan contributes more photos, kite flying like none other!

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 08:28 am:

I wonder when Nathan was young if someone told him "oh, go fly a kite!" and thought, hmmmmmmmmm....... ;-)

Great shots. Now Pasty has several "eyes in the sky"; not many TV stations can even claim that!!

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 08:30 am:

Very cool...I have heard of these small, lightweight cameras and video cams, as well.
At first I thought it was Neal doing a fly-by.

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 08:34 am:

Is that Lindell's I see in the third picture? If so, it's where my father
and I first met Deb and Mr. Deb. Nice place. Nice people too.

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 08:42 am:

"Where there's a will, there's a way." Interesting work, Nathan ~ thanks!

By Dunerat (Dunerat) on Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 08:45 am:

Thanks, Nathan! Great shots here and I enjoyed the images on your Facebook page. Mary, thanks for making the connection!

By Just me (Jaby) on Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 09:51 am:

I just LOVE the photos today. What a great hobby!Thanks for sharing this great idea with us!

By tom fisher (Osceola) on Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 11:30 am:

What's a kite story without an interesting tail ?

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 12:24 pm:

Good one, Tom!;)

By below the bridge (Wolterdr) on Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 01:59 pm:

that is so NEAT! I "LIKE"d his site on facebook;
very interesting, thanks for sharing!

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 05:47 pm:

Those are great shots! I love seeing the Falls like that.

Was just thinking about Kosk and her father the other day, and how we first met at Lindell's. That was a great day. And I'll say it back to them, "Nice people".

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 07:03 pm:

Thank you, Deb.

By Richard J. (Dick_fl) on Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 08:10 pm:

I never thought of using a kite. I will have to try that. I have a Gopro Hero 3 camera. It is made for that kind of thing. It takes both fantastic video and still shots. Now all I need is to learn to fly a kite.

By D. A. (Midwested) on Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 08:41 pm:

I followed the links through Nathan's Facebook
postings. Quite impressive collection he's made. I
especially got a kick of his description regarding
how he got started. After he first had the idea of
taking aerial shots, his first attempt was made by
setting the self timer on his regular camera and
throwing it up in the air. Now that's some passion.

By Eddyfitz (Eddyfitz) on Friday, November 22, 2013 - 02:20 pm:

Is that a picture of Mary headquarters of on the left side of the picture. That sure is a novel way to capture scenes with the camera up on a kite i.e. sort of like the drones that Uncle Sam is using now days.

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Friday, November 22, 2013 - 03:15 pm:

In Memoriam: Rest in Peace, President Kennedy.

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