KTAI Demo Days. January 28, 2014. Texas Station Casino gave us the top floor of the Southern parking garage for flying. And the weather cooperated with winds up to about 5 mph. Pretty sky too. Great Winds Kite Company makes these kit kites to bring both art and fun into a child's life. These butterflies come in white and are then painted by the students. My apologies for the pole growing out of Ken's head.
Each butterfly kite is painted by the purchaser of the kit. All kites in these groups come in white and are used to enhance creativity in the students.
WINDNSUN FlightZone P51 2D Single Line Kite. This and the next photo were taken Feb 4, after the KTAI show. The 4 streamer tails must be at least 30 feet long. The bridle is 5 point with 2 different tow points.
One of the few airplane kites I've seen that actually flies well.
Suzanne sends another of their kit kites around while I attempt to focus on it. This was the only photo that came out well for both of them.
It's good to see old friends.
This is the redesigned Wolf. Designed by Jon, Skyshark spars and distributed by Premier Kites.
Yoyo stoppers, covered leading edge connectors. Very nice at a low price point or so I'm told.
This is the Premier Widow NG (New Graphics). Designed by Jon Trennepohl. I flew this kite last year at Kite Party 11. It is an excellent all-around sport kite.
Getting a backlit picture of a kite is close to mandatory. Very nice use of reinforcing mylar on the trailing edge.
When the wind drops, this is how you get a good pose of a kite in the air.
We backed up from each other so I could use the zoom to bring the Stratosphere closer.
Dodd Gross sets up one of his Skydog sport kite designs. This one is a UL.
I should have flipped the photo so the Skydog logo was "normal" looking.
These small kit kites are designed for class learning and they can be painted by the students.
Billy takes a break from running the conference with Maggie to expert soft rocket launcher.
Ooohhh, got lucky and caught the small SLK in a great background position.
Dodd with his Rasta Jam. He was out of vinyl end caps, so he cable tied some protective plastic over the wingtips.
The colors look really nice. In this photo, I have clone stamped the extra cable tie lengths off both wingtips.
Dodd the trickster with his Rasta Jam.
It takes strong light to make black look good. But then it looks really good.
During low wind times I would ask some of the KTAI members to help model their products using the Las Vegas skyline as a backdrop.
Jay holds the limited edition Revolution on a wingtip for me. I'm sure he was happy to have some nice weather for a change.
Lolly Hadzicki did some of the flying chores on the Rev during the demo.
Kevin spent some time with one of the 2 line HQ foils.
Frank makes the sure the penguin doesn't do anything radical before liftoff.
There is something odd about a flying penguin.
January in Las Vegas. This weather is our reward for putting up with the extremely hot summers.
Angry Bird penguin. (Just kidding).
So this is what I look like sometimes.
The butterfly train actually self relaunched a few times with no pilot input. Very cool.
Flying monkeys. Maybe the Wicked Witch is nearby.
Frank and Randy work on the monkey's attitude. (That's a pun.)
Ray had the same sunglasses last year, although he didn't have this very cool bubble maker. The kit comes in 2 bubble making sizes.
Anatomically correct bubbles. Who knew?
Rob launches this cute SLK. The very cool eyes are hiding in this view.
Even big Frank looks small next to the big turtle kite.
Ray's head is actually inside the bubble. Not really.
Randy Tom with his Skydog Tie-Die Turtle. Flipper span of 10 feet and very well sewn.
My favorite kite at the show this year. This is a really stable SLK, even without a tail. I guess turtles do have tails in real life.
New Tech Delta with fun eyes and streamers. The clouds look a bit odd as I have lowered the kite from the original photo and then blended the sky in-between the tails and the casino roofline.
New Tech heart SLK with black/white tail.
Got lucky with this shot.
I probably took about 300 photos of this kite. Lolly Hadzicki is flying it for me in the light wind.
This photo and the next are merely different crops of the original. This one was cropped to keep the kite fairly horizontal in relation to the viewer.
I couldn't get the horizon correct as this was the lower edge of the photo.
The orange really looks great. It's appropriate that there are helicopters on the kite. I often tell people that sport kites fly like airplanes and Revolutions fly like helicopters.
Lolly showing her skills. The wind had dropped and was on and off again. Our max wind was probably 5 mph. And we are at 2300 feet elevation.
This is the 2 line Symphony 2.5 Pro by HQ. This is the foil that Kevin is flying.
And there is the pilot as we speak.
The other HQ foil flown today is the Symphony 2.2 Pro. I like the color scheme.
Ray sends some sparkle into the atmosphere. He is controlling how much the mechanism opens.
There have been 2 Skates. This is the Into The Wind version. Previously, there was a Focus Kites Skate with a different panel layout.
The Skate by Into The Wind. Designed by Paul de Bakker.
The bridle looks odd as the control line is taut going backwards. So we are seeing the droop of the lower bridle leg. The kite is just about to turn.
When I take pictures like this where the sun is in line with the kite, I usually have to throw away over 90% of the pictures due to lens flare, discoloration or other lens limited parameters. But when it does work, the picture can be quite dramatic. As it is, there is still some color shifts bottom center. So don't look there, please.
Wow, more noticeable than the Las Vegas skyline is that annoying billboard. I should clone that thing away. Nah.
Hydra designed by Paul de Bakker. Distributed and sold by Into The Wind. This panel layout came to Paul when he had drunk just the right amount of alcohol.
Mary Ann readies a diamond SLK.
How do you get wrinkles out of a banner? This and the next 3 photos were taken on Monday the 27th during set-up.
Lutz Treczoks desined cody kites
Chris and Kevin hold onto this sweet looking SLK which I have forgotten all the details about. (Lutz Treczoks desined cody kite) HQ Kites & Designs USA is importing Lutz's Codys, handmade in Germany by himself. The photos are his Codyline and Liquid Box. HQ is not producing these kites, only distributing. We have inventory in the states now, in assorted colors.
Don't know if those top 2 Widow NG prototypes will ever make it into production.
Remaining photos taken Thursday, Jan 30, 2014.
A little man love going on here.
First time for the new product Flickerz. Cody demonstrates proper flicking.
Greatest variety of product might go to this booth. Products branded under WindnSun and X-Kites. Maybe Brainstorm too. I put Rich in the middle since he was the best looking guy there.
This was my favorite kite from last year's KTAI. Hmmmmm, maybe I'm becoming a SLK person.
Oops. Looks like I didn't let the camera find its focus.
I love these felt panels on the outside of the booth.
The Cobra dragon tail kite is pretty cool.
Dan gets ready to shoot Dave Shenkman. It was good to see Dave again. I'll be seeing him again at Kite Party 12 in March. It's my favorite event.
Vicky making not tiny bubbles.
HQ booth display.
Join the AKA.
Best semi-matching outfits.
Andy needs a leash. I love this guy.
Dodd Gross with his sport kites. The Little Dreamer won some nice awards at the banquet.
Lolly shows the customers a custom Revolution New York Minute.
19 foot delta will get a workout later.
HQ Kites & Designs USA is importing Lutz's Codys, handmade in Germany by himself. The photos are his Codyline and Liquid Box. HQ is not producing these kites, only distributing. We have inventory in the states now, in assorted colors.
Batteries in my separate flash went out. Still looks pretty good. Got my other set of batteries after this.
Well maybe, after this.
Photo in booth by Mark Reed.
That big beautiful photo was taken by Mark Reed.
Rakesh shoots bubbles for me every year.
Leave it to Shenkman to know how to get a Rev to fly thirty feet indoors. That man is amazing.
Note the intensity.
Jay strikes his disco pose.
Susan Gomberg scores a snack.
Same pose, no flash.
Ask me to tell you the story of how this kite came to be in the Into The Wind catalog.
I love this guy.
This is a side view of the Into The Wind booth.
Made in USA by Heads Up Kites. Very cool.
So when the wind is gusting to 50 mph (really), and it's overcast and you ask the Skydog lads to bring out this one-of-a-kind delta for pictures, they say, "Sure." Check out the flag blowing up on the casino frontage insert.
They wisely left off the cross-spar to keep the kite from destroying itself. This was looking less and less like a good idea. The kite will be going on a cross-country trip to raise money for by raffle purchase for a chance to win the kite.
After this shot, they hurriedly put the kite away. Sadly, about 30 minutes later on the way home, the weather broke, the sun came out and the wind dropped to about 10 mph for 5 minutes. Drat.
Okay, cut me some slack here. I was using the Sony pocket camera on wide-angle without flash. So the people on each side are not really that wide. It's the lens. Really, really.
Some tables were darker than others. Maybe I should have spent a little more time on a few of these. But I'm in a hurry to get them up for the KTAI patrons to enjoy while the trip is still fresh on their minds. I see I was able to get Mark Reed blinking. Sorry Mark.
I had to do a color cast rejection by selecting the table cloth in each photo. Elements then removes any tint to bring the selected item up to a shade of grey. Worked pretty well in the post-processing.
And after dinner, the awards portion started.
Award for best kiss.
I must be nervous when I take pictures of Mark. He takes incredible photos and gave Bambi and me one of his beautiful Alaska calendars.
Elaine on borrowed height enhancers.