KAP at Home

Ever since I started doing KAP last year, I’ve wanted to see what my neighborhood looks like from the air. Actually, I had a good idea already, since I’ve been flying my FPV (first-person view) radio-controlled airplane from an open area at the end of my road. But the camera only does low-resolution analog video,Continue reading “KAP at Home”

St. Mary’s River State Park

St. Mary’s River State Park is a beautiful area in Southern Maryland whose main feature is St. Mary’s Lake. There is a 7-mile walking trail around the lake, boat docks, places to fish, a playground, etc. I had visited the park several years before when I first moved to Southern Maryland, but now kite aerialContinue reading “St. Mary’s River State Park”

Elm’s Beach Park

It was time to take some aerial photos of the Chesapeake Bay! As one of the most prominent geographical features of the area, it definitely needs to be featured on this website. I remembered that Elm’s Beach Park, public beach area, exists because I had gone there a few years prior. It’s located about 6Continue reading “Elm’s Beach Park”

First KAP Session with the S100

The Canon PowerShot S100 (and other ones of the same lineage: S90, S95, and S110) is a popular camera for KAP. It’s a bit old now, but it has many advantages: A larger sensor and faster lens than a typical small-sensor compact camera, giving sharper images with good contrast and colors A wide minimum focalContinue reading “First KAP Session with the S100”

Kite Simulations

At work, use computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to simulate air flow over aircraft, ships, things carried by aircraft, etc. I also get the chance to do a little bit of development work. This past year, some people have been asking for the capability to simulate catenaries — in other words, cables and systems of cablesContinue reading “Kite Simulations”

Smooth Winds at Point Lookout

It was late November, almost four months after my first KAP session. Nearly all of my outings to this point had been two different parks, and mostly just trying to get the kite really high to take a picture of the landscape. I decided it was time for some variety, so I headed down toContinue reading “Smooth Winds at Point Lookout”

Back to Chancellors Run Park

A couple weeks since my last outing, the leaves on the trees were a bit more colorful, and Chancellors Run Park was calling me for another KAP session. My goals for this time out were: Take some pictures towards the north, where there should be some interesting things to see. Capture some Fall colors. IfContinue reading “Back to Chancellors Run Park”

New Kite, Old Park

I had been thinking about making a new kite for a little while. The Mini Dopero has a nice wind range, but it struggles to stay in the air (much less lift a rig) in light winds, and of course it has an upper limit too, of about 20 mph. So the question was whetherContinue reading “New Kite, Old Park”

St. Mary’s College

St. Mary’s College is a small school scenically situated on St. Mary’s River a few miles from where it empties into the Potomac. I had made a couple attempts to fly here in prior weeks without much success. The first time out, the wind seemed plenty strong all day but then died right when IContinue reading “St. Mary’s College”

Chancellors Run Park

For my fourth KAP session, it was time to try a new location: Chancellors Run Park. This park is not quite as spacious as Lancaster Park, but it has four softball/baseball fields right in the middle that provide plenty of space to fly a kite. Walking out to the field with my kite rolled up,Continue reading “Chancellors Run Park”