This was my first kite festival so I wasn’t sure what to expect. My only assumption was there were going to be lots of kites. I was right about that.
Most of the kites at the festival were of the “common” variety. I expected to see more exhibition-quality kites, but the scale of the experience was still amazing. There were hundreds of kites in the warm autumn sky with a backdrop of a beautiful early sunset.
A few observations:
When you think of a kite festival it usually brings to mind lots of kites in the sky, but the reality of flying lots of kites simultaneously means there is LOTS of tangled string. I was constantly tripping over string on the ground and got clothes-lined a couple times with airborne string. Nothing disastrous, but I witnessed a couple people go down in a heap after tripping. The crowd was an interesting subject to photograph along with the kites.
There were a couple huge kites that were very impressive to watch. It took a whole team of people to launch it. When it landed the crowd scattered quickly. There was a decent breeze, but the larger kites struggled to get any significant altitude.
The most impressive kite was a 2D replica of a Boeing 747. It was huge – about 30 feet from tip-to-tip. Apparently it was heavy too because I never saw it more than 20 feet off the ground.
Shooting into the sun presented some technical challenges. Most of these images have been processed with a slight HDR treatment to adjust the contrast levels and pull some detail out of the shadows. There was also some significant white balance corrections that had to be made.