Dec 29, 2014. Las Vegas, NV. Britt took photos of my 2 new box kites made by Jean-Paul Conne. These smaller photos were taken from a time lapse screenshot from an iPhone.
Jean-Paul made these 2 friendship kites for us to fly together in spirit.
And here they both are in flight.
Britt also took photos using my Nikon D5000.
My attempt at simultaneous dual flight.
These kites are surprisingly stable for no tail and short length. They are a lot of fun in a fighter kite sort of way.
The upper and lower cross-spars bow to add tension.
Last yellow box photo.
And here is the blue box kite with an airplane in the background.
Very thoughtful gift from Jean-Paul.
This was my favorite shot of the day.
Final photo of the box kites, complete with color shift.
Flew the Enigma UL as did Britt. Very nice sport kite.
It is easy to see.
Dec 13, 2014. Our back yard in Las Vegas. This is the Enigma UL by Steve Tapp. Winds were incredibly bumpy (coming from over the house) at a swirly 15 mph.
The kite wanted to go left, but the sun was on the right. A struggle ensued.
It was a battle to get the kite over for the photos. Bambi was flying the kite by this time as I was having real trouble using the flying handle.
Probably the most normal looking photos.
Even got a bit of backlighting.
That's a fine looking UL.
Last photo of the day. Came in out of the cold, high wind and made some tea.
Dec 11, 2014. Enigma UL by Steve Tapp. It's pretty overcast outside, so inside photos for now.
Letting the wrinkles from shipping air out.
Nov 30, 2014. Patriot Park. Las Vegas, NV. Here is the beautiful custom Jinx SUL by Fortuna-Forms.
Winds were a bit high for an SUL, so I just put it up for a few minutes to get some photos.
Mark was kind enough to loan the kite to me for some photos and kite evaluation.
Had to get some shots. We had clouds and late afternoon sun.
Details of the Jinx SUL.
Then I asked Gil and Joe if they would be kind enough to hold up the Jinx SUL so we could take a backlit shot. Then Gil (left) flew the Enigma prototype shown here on the ground. He last flew a dualie ten years ago. He was very good. Thought I was going to have to teach him, but he was already a sky pilot. Way to go Gil.
Nov 28, 2014. Mark holds up his Fortuna-Forms Jinx SUL.
And a slightly different view.
Friday, Nov 28, 2014. New Silverbowl Park, NV. Wayne holds up his Lam Hoac designed (but not sewn) ABS quad-line kite. The sail is highly tensioned, unlike many quad-lines.
Wayne holds up an Alan Brooks AB+ SUL sport kite.
Yes, winds were light but flyable if you had an SUL. This beautiful standard Enigma by Steve Tapp was waiting patiently, but the wind didn't show up enough.
Sunday, Nov 16, 2014. Patriot Park, Las Vegas, NV. Had some wind, finally. Took out the Steve Tapp built Enigma for flying and photos.
This kite can be adjusted from precision ballet to radical trickster.
Those V-shaped standoffs can be slid along the lower spreaders. Outward for precision, inward for tricks and lower wind performance.
There are 5 brass weights on the spine. So you have 6 weight variations, and infinite standoff possibilities.
Yeah, the colors got a little funky with the sun right into the sensor.
Tell me. Is that kite hot or what?
Nov 14, 2014. Las Vegas, NV. Our backyard. Steve Tapp made this beautiful Enigma and sent it to us. Sadly, the winds have not been cooperating. Out of desperation, I took the kite outside and yanked it into the air for some shots.
The wind actually was blowing, but in the wrong direction for these photos.
The colors are Red, Yellow, Fl. Orange, and translucent mylar.
Hopefully, this weekend will provide some wind.
The Enigma uses the ShapeShifter™ sliding standoff configuration developed by Paul Shirey.
The backside of the kite.
Nice reinforcement around the standoffs.
With just the blue sky in the background, the mylar takes on blue overtones.
Finally, I asked Bambi to take some photos while I posed the beauty.
We tried some shots in the other direction. The pine trees make it pretty fun as the wind gets really swirly. Do not attempt to adjust your eyes, the kite is out of focus a bit.
I really need to work on my patience.
What a difference 11 years make. Mawuse with his homebuilt sport kite at Kite Party 1 in the lower photo. The same kite in 2014 after a lot of flight time.
On a different note, Carlos (Mawuse) sent this homebuilt kite. I had photographed it about 11 years ago before he had beaten the kite into submission. Carlos said to fly it once for fun and throw it away. I can't do it. The kite will be retired and spend its remaining days in the kite closet among friends.
Nov 2, 2014. Patriot Park. Las Vegas, NV. Bambi and I went to fly and photograph the "Hydra". Designed by Paul de Bakker and manufactured by Into The Wind.
Temperatures around 65°F. Winds 5 to 15 mph and very bumpy. Looks like there is a little purple in a few of the backgrounds, hmmmmm.
This kite looks good from any angle.
We were flying on 85' x 175# Skybond yellow line.
In the bumpy winds, stalling the kite for photos was a chore. And we were shooting on 1/2000 of a second.
Bambi caught this nice close up.
A bit over-exposed, but I like the shot.
The kite loads up quickly with good feedback.
Paul de Bakker went through several design iterations while drinking. This last design he didn't even remember sending.
While I liked the panel layout on the Focus Kites Hydra, I like this pattern more.
This was my favorite photo. Bambi didn't like it.
So we both flew and we both took pictures. Not sure, who took what.
This is Bambi's favorite photo. We whittled 510 photos down to 20 here.
Probably could have ditched several more.
But I haven't posted pics in a while.
The kite likes small hand movements, although you can be aggressive with it.
Static (3 point) bridle with built in leaders for yoyo sail saving. No gimmicks there.
I may have pushed the blues a bit too much in some of the shots.
We were about to take some detail shots so I asked Bambi to take this backlit pose. Looks pretty sweet to me.
This is Paul's personal kite. So there is some wear, dirt, grass stains and threads showing. Really nice sleeve with snap closure. You can use the magnifying glass to look at details or download the huge full resolution collage.
This is a mock-up of the new Enigma sport kite Steve Tapp is making for Bambi and me. I took his all white Enigma photo and faked in the other panels. The translucent panels are mylar.
Oct 14, 2014. Centennial Park, Las Vegas, NV. Dave Costello lands his custom Rev 1.5 B Pro on a pavilion roof. We even had some color reflections.
I like this color scheme.
Got lucky. Full frame photo of the kite. Although the blue sky looks over-saturated here. I've uploaded 2 versions and they both have this blue/violet thing going on compared to the more normal original on my computer.
This park has some sculptures too.
And there is a playground.
5 photo collage of Dave Costello throwing his Rev into flight.
While the previous collage was more accurate, this 6 photo collage moves the kite so that there are no overlaps between shots. Easier to understand, although less correct.
Ever wonder how much a frame distorts when you do a self-catch?
We tried this several times. This one shows the lines really well.
No sunburn for Dave. Well, maybe his hands.
Wayne had his standard Rev.
So after a few solo photos.....
Even though the kites were on way different length lines, we went for duo shots. That's why the grey Rev looks so much larger. It's merely closer.
See, I told you the grey one was closer.
Last duo shot.
Wayne on the right holds up his 2 Tekken DOA sport kites by Lam Hoac. The SUL on top has a broken lower spreader ( which you can just make out on the upper right ). The standard ( with swords ) is not broken. It was good to fly with Dave and Wayne. It had been too long.
Friday Night Fly. Oct 10, 2014. Ken holds up Mark's Imperial made by Jeff Howard.
Ken then held up Mark's Sixth Sense. This was an open source kite plan: design by Davide, sail by Krijn, framing by Sugarbaker (Sky Shark nitro), and the custom sleeve (cat-in-the-hat style) by tpatter. Sharp looker.
Sep 27, 2014. Patriot Park Las Vegas, NV. Mark and I went to my local park to fly some kites and shoot a few of his new kites.
This is the Mamba (M14 version) made by Ken McNeill for Kmac Fabrications. This is not a Blue Moon Mamba.
Mark uses this signature color combination on his customs although he use to use a Royal Blue in addition. Mambas look so good.
Here Mark holds his Mamba UL. Although winds were strong, Mark was kind enough to let me put it up in the air for a few shots.
Mark puts the standard away while I fly and shoot the UL.
A general trend is to use lighter colors on the UL version of a kite. Hopefully, lighter colors need less wind.
Mambas are wonderful and graceful fliers.
This is a slightly smaller sport kite called the Magnet.
This is me attempting to swing the kite past the wind window edge in an attempt to get a backlit shot.
Even caught Mark in this attempt.
Winds were in the 10 to 15 mph range.
I like the colors, but the panel layout feels odd.
Any kite looks better backlit.
Last photo. With the wind picking up, Mark shifted to his Vented Talon by Jest of Eve kites. It's a little wrinkled as it had been sleeping for a while.
Sept 5, 2014. New Silverbowl Park, NV. Wayne holds up his new Shook Masterpiece Revolution. This is rated at 100%, meaning that it has a similar venting to a Full-Vent Rev 1.5.
Aug 22, 2014. New Silverbowl Park, NV. Dave Costello had his new matching set of Rev B-Pro. In available low light, my Nikon was having a tough time and no tripod. This is the standard.
The mid-vent uses a darker grey called "smoke". It looks really nice.
The full-vent is in black to make it even harder for me. Gotta love him though.
Here is Dave's Maxi-Vent. It's not part of the custom set and is a bit older. Looks good though. He promised me some more shots when the sun is shining.
Friday, June 27, 2014. New Silverbowl Park. This is the Level One "Black Pearl Pro" by Thorsten Mikus.
These initial pics were with me flying the kite. Fortunately, had a couple of clouds show up.
I experimented with some late evening into the sun type photos. Most were scrapped, but a few came out fairly well.
My attempt at one hand fade shots.
Then Mike came out to help. This allowed me to take some backlit shots.
Hmmm, this one is a little flat. Let me know if I should toss it.
Yeah, the sensor was having a tough time with the dramatic lighting. It's a 4 cm2 sensor, not the full-size 9 cm2 sensor of the big boy cameras.
I like this one a lot.
And my favorite picture of the group. If you look closely, there is a circular blue arc line going across the entire upper photo. The aliasing around the kite is not in the original photo. I can only guess that Picasa's compression program is a bit severe.
Sensor overload, but hey, it's an experiment.
Kind of in your face. Bambi hates this picture by the way.
Ian helped me with this Rasta Sandpiper UL by Chris Matheson.
The soccer lads were stirring up dust in the background.
This was about 10 minutes before the sun would say bye bye.
Ian hanging the Sandpiper UL up for me.
Last Sandpiper shot.
This is Phil. He learned to fly tonight with all 3 of these kites. He was doing loops and flying solo before we called it quits.
June 20, 2014. New Silverbowl Park, NV. Wayne adjusts the bridle on a Brasington Dark Angel. Matching tube tail on ground.
Wayne checks the adjustment angle.
That is a stunner.
Mark, owner of the Dark Angel, holds onto his other Brasington. We don't know the name of this one.
Nice gossamer effect on the tail. A little blurry, hmmm.
I flew the Midi in honor of Steve Brown. The inflight pictures were blurry, so we resorted to this double hand held shot. FOLLOWING TEXT BY CHRIS MATHESON: I remember the same problem trying to get a pic' of the Midi in flight. I got quite good at doing one handed tip stands…
Didn't realize I owned 7 Chris Matheson designs. Very cool. The large Sandpipers are true air cruisers. Photo taken laying on the grass with the pocket camera set to HDR mode. FOLLOWING TEXT BY CHRIS MATHESON: WoW what a collection! Don't think I've seen so many variations in one place. The only one I can see missing, seems to be the 'V' Brace Mk1. Not sure even I've got one of those…
Amanda helps me here so that we can give each kite some solo camera time. This is the Sandpiper standard.
Sandpiper UL. I tied the sleeves to each kite so that I wouldn't put them back in the wrong order.
This vented needs a little repair. The left standoff is missing its head clip. FOLLOWING TEXT BY CHRIS MATHESON: Nice custom colours. Looks like you came armed to the party. (Send me a pic' of the standoff end, John and I'll see if I've got a spare laying around?
Another Sandpiper UL in "Rasta?" colors. This was a gift from Jeremy Harold. FOLLOWING TEXT BY CHRIS MATHESON: Amanda def' got a workout that night ;)
Sandpiper II is written on the bag. The frame is made up of really slim pultrusions. FOLLOWING TEXT BY CHRIS MATHESON: Not the stiffest of frames. Though back in the day, there weren't so many options available… I remember getting very excited when I found a carbon manufacturer quite local. The old 3 point bridle looks huge compared to the later dynamic bridles!
Midi Sandpiper. Thanks Amanda. FOLLOWING TEXT BY CHRIS MATHESON: Flicking between this and the previous photo reminds me how much the Sandpiper Midi owes to the early Sandpipers…
And Steve Brown's favorite, the Midi. FOLLOWING TEXT BY CHRIS MATHESON: I hope Amanda got a big thank you for all her hard work ;) I'm with Steve, the Midi is my fav' too :)
June 6, 2014. New Silverbowl Park, NV. At the Friday Night Fly Wayne and I flew 2 of his Blue Moon Kites made and designed by Ken McNeill. This is the Exile standard.
And this is the Mongoose UL. Both photos taken with the pocket Sony RX100 in HDR mode. No flash.
May 30, 2014. New Silverbowl Park, NV. Wayne has just finished 2 years of nursing school and celebrated with a return to the Friday Night Fly. Here he holds the Lam Hoac designed, but not built ATM (Automatic Trick Machine). Although labelled as an SUL, it's quite a bit heavier. This kite yo-yos incredibly well, but the timing on other tricks like cascades is odd. Wayne was knocking out Taz Machines pretty regularly. The odd lighting is due to the fact that the Sony RX100 was set to HDR mode so that Wayne's face would show up without using the flash.
Earlier in the evening, I pulled out this recent gift from David Kirk. This is the first prototype by Christoph Fokken which would eventually become the HQ Obsession 2.
Christoph Fokken gave this kite to Emmalee Kirk (David's daughter) for testing. The kite is dated May 2004 and I first saw and photographed it at Crissy Field in May of 2004, but was asked not to post the pictures. So my original photos weren't posted for years.
The kite has many, many adjustments for the bridle and standoff positions. The wind shield never made it to production. The Obsession 2 Vented had numerous small circular holes instead.
I'm guessing Christoph had some extra green material laying around when he made this prototype.
Later, when Wayne showed up, we took this night shot. You can see the reinforcement mylar and battens at the wingtips.
The next several shots just show some of the details.
From a distance, these look like teeth.
The focal point has got to be this imposing wind shield.
This is the collage I put on facebook.
May 10, 2014. Patriot Park. Las Vegas, NV. Dave Costello came over and we both flew Revs. My older SLE standard was much more difficult to fly than his modern mid-vent B-Series. And yes, the right side of the photo is a bit blurry. Should have used Shutter Speed Priority.
I was shooting with the pocket camera on Auto. Should have used Shutter Speed Priority as I still had some blur on several of the photos.
My goal was to have Dave in focus and the kite out of focus, but it was not to be.
May 9, 2014. New Silverbowl Park, NV. This is the Rev 1.5 in "A Wind Of Change" exclusive "Night" colors. So called due to the fact that the kite is easy to see in the night.
April 3, 2014. Lake Ivanpah, CA. On a very little wind but beautiful day, Bambi, Britt and I went out to the buggy site.
Much better version on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DO2WcepYQz0&feature=youtu.be
Bambi catches me in my normal stance. Tilley hat and Maui Jim sunglasses mandatory.
Just a quick collage of a PKD Century 2.
TEXT by Bob Muse: He actually made the frames for these skates on a milling machine. He also made the propelling device from a golf cart motor. He could run 15- 20 mph it seemed. Very stable and maneuverable.
TEXT by Bob Muse: Eli Anderson, Josh Walsh, me and Sean Butler. Ken Dunion in the background. No wind time. It's all part of the experience.
TEXT by Bob Muse: Salvador Huino, along with Ofer Epstein were our farthest travelling attendees, all the way from Israel. Me in the red shirt and my son Wexler in the chair.
World land speed record for an open buggy: 84 mph.
TEXT by Bob Muse: Built by Popeye the Welder for his 2011 visit to Ivanpah.
One speed, one brake.
The Periodic Symbol for Potassium is "K". Following TEXT by Bob Muse: Zeus (lower right) is a sucker for an ear scratch.
TEXT by Bob Muse: Nicest looking buggy at the event in my opinion. Ken Martin doesn't ever do anything half way.
This is Buddy. He is smaller than any of my cats. He thinks he is a big dog.
All the way from Israel. I have seen this flag for years. This time, I finally met the gentlemen.
Since the wind was so low, I brought out my Mojo UL and flew for about half an hour.
TEXT by Bob Muse: Chris Shultz and my son Wexler Muse.
Britt is visiting from California. That's an icepack on his left ankle.
TEXT by Bob Muse: A very serious group playing Cross Bocce Ball.
TEXT by Bob Muse: Custom home made buggies made by Dirk (Screwyfits) Hemza and a matching one for and by his cousin Sean specifically for the IBB event. Excellent design and execution.
Proper gripping technique.
Body armor and bare feet.
HQ Montana 12 sqm foil. Yes, that is the actual color.
TEXT by Bob Muse: Steve Thorson rocking his new VTT buggy.
TEXT by Bob Muse: 10m HQ Montana VIII with Chris Shultz.
Foil flown by Wexler Muse in very low wind.
Friday April 4, 2014. The wind was blowing but the sky was overcast. So most of today's photos are going to look a bit odd.
Rusty is 80, legally blind and a kick to be with.
Joe with his Rage 5.5 Kitewing. This kite is not for the timid.
TEXT by Bob Muse: After a week, I'd recognize that stance in the buggy as Eli Anderson.
Best helmet, in my opinion. Following TEXT by Bob Muse: Awarded "Best Dressed" of the event. He was pleasantly shocked at the award. Dustin Judd.
TEXT by Bob Muse: Chris Shultz with HQ kites USA smiling as always.
Sorry for the blur. Following TEXT by Bob Muse: John I think that kite is actually a Flexifoil Blurr. You got one right and weren't even trying!
$12 sunglasses. My son voted Wexler's shades the best at the event.
Getting ready for dinner. Wexler and Bobby.
I voted Bobby as best tan lines. Following TEXT by Bob Muse: Not enough sunscreen and always with the glasses. I managed to not end up with cracked lips this year so I'm learning.
These photos were taken with the Sony RX100 pocket camera, no flash, in HDR mode. Pretty amazing little camera.
Fastest speed of the week up to Friday night was just over 58 mph.
Raffle prizes too.
Won 3 prizes.
Photos taken with either my Nikon D5000 or the amazing pocket Sony RX100. The Sony pocket camera pictures were taken without flash.
March 14, 2014. At our Friday Night Fly, MaryAnn and Melanie help me model this Benson Inner Space. I hadn't seen them in several months and they have grown what looks like several inches.
March 14, 2014. My backyard. Sean Gurganian stopped by on Wednesday evening for food, board game play and to give me a wonderful present he purchased at Kite Party 12. This is a Chicago Fire Flame. (Look, no lens flares, amazingly lucky).
In very low and direction changing wind, Bambi and I took a few photos of this classic old school beauty. Hmmm, looks like I've got a dark spot upper left.
The kite came complete with instruction manual and correct kite sleeve. I don't think it's ever been flown before today.
And now the wind blows west to east.
This may have been the first time the kite has seen daylight.
A few detail shots. The very short standoffs rest in pockets. Have to be careful not to lose those. The tubing is soft and very grabby, like the kite was built last week. Sorry about the blur on the spine shot. Note the text on the spine. Looking forward to flying this noisemaker. Thanks Sean and everyone who didn't outbid him at the auction.