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First KAP of 2021
There is a lake near where I live that I have been wanting to photograph for awhile. It is called St. Mary's Lake, which is in St. Mary's River State Park in Maryland. The park was closed for several months due to Covid and renovations.
The day started off a little disappointing, because the weather report called for 7-10 mph winds in the morning, but it actually ended up being less than 5. During the afternoon, the wind picked up to about 10 mph for a little while, so I decided to take the chance to head over there and see if it would hold. When I got there, it seemed pretty calm again, but I hiked over to the place I planned to fly with my kite bag, rig, and bag-o'-rocks that I use to hold down the reel while I attach and detach the rig. Thankfully, there was still just enough wind (about 5-7 mph) to get my big barn door kite into the air without any trouble. Soon I had attached the camera, started the intervalometer script, and it was away. It turned out my timing was just right, because by the time I was done flying about 40 minutes later, it was almost completely calm below treetop level.
The gentle breeze made it a very relaxing session. The kite was not pulling too hard, which meant it was okay that I had forgotten to bring gloves (woops), and many of the 400 pictures turned out level and in focus since it was nice and stable. Unfortunately, since I was shooting towards the line this time, a lot of the pictures ended up focused on the line, but I still got plenty properly focused on the landscape. Plus, that made it easier to choose which ones to delete.
I didn't bring my good camera to take pictures of the kite, so this is the only one I got of the kite in the air. It was taken with my phone while the kite was out on 700 feet of line, but if you zoom in you can see the blue and yellow kite way up high. The big kite got a lot of positive comments from hikers going by, especially kids. I'm sure it was visible from a long distance, if they happened to look in the right direction.