吉姆 JIM HOFMAN | Photography Faces & places in China

Yangjiang Kite Festival – Kites

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Response to Yangjiang Kite Festival – Kites

  1. Angel Cheng says:

    I never experienced a Kite Festival, I can’t get the kite flied, I guess!

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