Archive for the 'kite aerial photography' Category

Benton in situ

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Fellow kite aerial photographer Dave Wheeler took this shot showing me on the levee as we flew our KAP rigs over the Alviso Flat a few weeks ago. This was a most pleasant day with good company and moody light. My images from the sessions are shown a few posts down. You can see more […]

A new KAP rig

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

I have been flying a Canon Rebel dSLR as my principal (and darn near exclusive) kite aerial photography (KAP) rig since July 2007. At last count I had a little over 250 KAP sessions with this rig (sound of Benton knocking on wood). I really like working with the smaller Canon dSLR cameras. They are […]

A visit to the Alviso Flat

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Alviso Flat lies just a hundred yards north of the Alviso Marina County Park. Lying to the west of the 1880 South Coast Pacific railroad grade, the flat is a widening of the ditch flanking the rail tracks. I have no idea why the ditch widens here but it makes an interesting and photographic landscape […]

Hydroseeding the E14 levee

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

In November 2013, Save the Bay began field work on a project to establish vegetation of the levee separating Salt Pond 14 to the north and Salt Ponds E8X and E9 to the south. This levee has a major makeover in 2011 and has been quite bare since. The idea is to establish a band […]

Mud Matters at Eden Landing

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

With the arrival of fall the nesting season is over and I am allowed to photograph in the South Bay again. Project managers also wanted me to photograph a construction project that is subdividing Salt Pond A12 into series of smaller managed ponds to serve as avian habitat. The ponds will be kept at different […]

Upcoming talks / events

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

I have a few presentations related to Hidden Ecologies on the calendar: 4 December 2013 – Book launch at the Exploratorium. This will be a talk and book signing to serve as the official launch for Saltscapes. This “after hours” Exploratorium event is free and open to the public if you RSVP by calling (415) 528-4646. […]

Eden Landing – Levee Portrait

Friday, October 18th, 2013

September 15 marked the end of my nesting season hiatus and I can fly kites in Eden Landing again. High on the list was a request from the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project management team to photograph the levee separating Salt Pond E9 from Salt Pond E14. This levee was rebuilt several years ago […]

Close encounters of the CLUI kind

Friday, September 6th, 2013

During August I spent a few pleasant days at the Wendover, Utah field station of the Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI). While there Matthew Coolidge mentioned that CLUI would have a video project featuring aerial footage of the San Francisco Bay shoreline on display in the upcoming Oakland Museum exhibit. Matt said that my […]

Photographs at the Oakland Museum

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

The Oakland Museum of California has opened Above and Below: Stories from Our Changing Bay as the inaugural exhibit in its remodeled Gallery of Natural Sciences. One portion of this large effort to “unveil the quirky stories of how people and nature together have shaped the San Francisco Bay Area over the last 6,000 years” […]

A niche in the Pantheon of Tinkering

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

One of this summer’s projects was working with the Exploratorium staff assembling a four-page spread on my KAP gear for their upcoming book The Art of Tinkering (due out in November). This was great fun as the book’s layout is an interesting photographic project in itself. I was most pleased to be included. My part […]