November 16th, 2020 Kite Newsletter
Our state just went into a deeper lockdown phase thanks to the Covid-19 Pandemic. This mainly means that all public indoor activities are canceled and there are restrictions to some outdoor gathering. The weather is not cooperating very well for kite flying, so what is an avid kite person to do?
Well, this is a great time to pick up the hobby of 'indoor kite flying' or kite building! There is a lot of work underway to bring more of the great aspects of the kite world to you in your home, but it all starts with you! Are you working on a kite project? Share it with the world and share the love!!
If you have any ideas, suggestions, or general feedback let me know at email@example.com
TIP OF THE WEEK
Trying to film your kite flying and having problems? Here are a few pointers that will make it easier for others to watch.
1. Film in landscape, not portrait. (This is horizontal, not vertical filming)
2. Usually it is better to film from a tripod and keep the camera stable instead of following the kite.
3. The best view is with both the flier and the kite in the picture, but that doesn't mean you can't have fun with angles.
4. Some kites, like sport kites and fighter kites, usually move to fast for the sensors in most cameras and phones to maintain focus. Instead focus on something that is stationary that is in the same area as the actual kite. This will keep most of the flying in, or nearly in focus.
EXPLORING INDOOR AND URBAN
Crazy weather and pandemic induced lockdowns have you missing your kites and kiteflying? Why not explore the world of indoor and urban kite flying!!
I had a short break last week to go explore an abandoned building deep in the woods. The idea had been to explore the area and fly kites there, but, well, those plans changed a little bit. Check out the story below.
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This is an older video, but it raises an interesting question, is Indoor Kite Flying fun.... or folly?
A slightly different and more artistic style of Indoor kite flying..... but are they missing something?
OTHER KITE NEWS
Wondering if the kite world is still out there and flying? Well the answer is YES!Traditional Japanese kites featuring cows to represent the Chinese zodiac's Year of the Ox in 2021 are seen at the Takomo Honten kite shop in Nagoya's Nishi Ward in this recent photo, ahead of this year's production peak. The shop was founded in the late Edo period in the mid-19th century, and continues to employ the same kitemaking methods, crafting the kites by hand. This year orders have dropped due to the pandemic, and the company plans to restrict production to around 2,000 kites. Naoki Yamada, 34, a sixth-generation kite maker at the shop, said, "It's been a hectic year due to the coronavirus. I decided on a design depicting a cow sitting firmly in the hope that next year would be calm and steady."
Original article: https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20201114/p2a/00m/0na/025000c
Check out Kites In The Sky! They are having a special on all Sea Life Kites for the month of November - 25% off!! These are great kites for the beginner looking to build their first kite, to the artist looking to express themselves.
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