Flyable Camera

Always wanted to take pictures from a great hight, but there aren't any mountains in the neighborhood, choppers are to expensive, and you just realized humans have no wings...
Then this is a quick, simple and very easy build to make pictures from the clouds.

I must apologize for not having any pictures of the rig in action. There have been severe thunderstorms passing through Belgium and I don't want to fly kites in that. Between two storms there is almost no wind at all.
I'll be out there taking flying pictures as soon as I can
Thank you for your understanding

Step 1: What You'll Need

*a drill
*a camera
*a piece of wood plastic might do fine as well
*some rope, I used shoe lace and I don't regret it. (on this picture you see other rope which broke)
*a few large, and one or two small cable ties
*a kite, if you don't want to buy one, I'm sure there will be instructables about making kites.

Step 2: Preparing the Wooden Board

Mark the outline of your camera.
Try and find the best places to drill holes to put the cable ties trough, these will hold you camera so choose carefully!
drill the holes and pull the cable ties trough the holes, you might need 4.
you can use a smaller cable tie to hold the two main ties together so they don't slip off.

these cable ties can be easily removed by lifting the ratchet mechanism of the cable tie with a little screwdriver or a nail.

Step 3: Now the Suspension

I used shoe laces and it works perfect.
thread the rope trough the same hole and in the same direction as the cable ties.
tie a lose knot around a key chain ring, carefully tension the knot while making sure your camera hangs horizontally.
you should be able to point the camera more up or down by adjusting the rope, but your camera should be horizontal at any time.

Step 4: Enjoy

hang the rig from a large kite , and fly it (carefully) on a perfect windy day.
set your camera for the longest delay you can and if it's possible adjust the settings so that you take as many pictures as possible.
Maybe some of you have a remote controlled camera, that would be working perfectly!
watch out for the landings though ;-)

photo's of the rig in action will be posted as soon as I can get my kite airborne =D



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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    really I would love to post some, and I will when we have a windy day without lightning... but there isn't wind enough or the wind brought his friend, the thunder storm :-(
    I'm not making up any excuses you can research on the weather in Belgium, it killed 5 people on a festival :-(


    7 years ago on Introduction

    it actually wouldn't be that hard to make a trigger for the camera (for those who don't have an intervalometer. Simply build a small "arm" that gets pulled down by an electromagnet when activated, pushing the button. the power source could be a battery with a momentary switch to complete the circuit, then run some insulated wire down the length of the string, and maybe even make a small case for the battery and switch, then it could fit in your hand while you control the kite, and all you have to do is push the button for a second and let go for each picture.

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    So, your camera can be set to take a series of shots?

    What kind of camera is it?

    (And what kind of kite do you use to lift it?)

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I have a medium size parachute-like kite. About 2x1 meters, that's about 9x3 feet I think.
    I'm using my small canon which you can see in the blurry web cam pictures (it's a power shot SX120 IS from canon) and it can be set to take 10 pictures with 30 seconds delay, my old camera, you can see on the first picture, had a similar function.

    I hope I answered the most of your questions. :-)

    The Ideanatorjbussé

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    :O no fair! I have the T3i and it doesn't have a built in intervalometer. For an expensive dSLR such as that, you'd think it would be loaded with features, but I find it quite lacking in some places, it's too bad there's no CHDK distro for it. But I digress.

    This looks to be a very neat project, however I would love to see your resulting shots.

    jbusséThe Ideanator

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    there there it will be all right. ;-)
    I woke up this morning, hearing the leaves rustling (and hoping for some wind today). I looked outside and all I saw was dark clouds, not long after that: thunderstorm. :-(
    really I'm not making this up as excuse, I'd love to test it too.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Here's a simple rig I made for my camera and one line kite: