UPDATE: If you’re looking for info about the 2010 Bike and Kite Festival – please go to this page: Blackheath Bike and Kite Festival 2010.
UPDATE: If you’re looking for info about the 2009 Bike and Kite Festival – please go to this page: Blackheath Bike and Kite Festival 2009.
The Blackheath Bike and Kite festival looks like it should be a great event – it is happening over the weekend of 14th & 15th June, on the heath, and from Lewisham Council’s website, it looks like it will be free of charge. The bugle will be flying a kite (if permitted). In the meantime, some practice will be necessary. In other kite-related news, this blog post by M Johnson demonstrates attaching a mobile phone to a kite, and videoing the results! The bugle feels that this shows a high degree of trust in both the strength of the mobile phone, and skill of the kite flier… Not sure my “controlled landings” would be up to this…
Ariel kite photography has been a big thing on the web for a while- I remember reading about someone who built a camera timer based on an ice-cube and an elastic band – when the kite is in the air, the ice-cube melts, forcing a piece of wood to press the shutter on the camera (this back in 1999, before mobile phones and digital cameras were cheap as Blackheath fish & chips). Just found the page – it’s a bit dusty, but if you blow on it a bit, you should be able to find it behind this link.
If anyone has any examples of Blackheath ariel photography, please let me know!
The photo on this post is by Flickr user Ronnie44052 and is used under a Creative Commons license. And yes, that sky is far too blue to be in the UK.