Thursday, January 22, 2009
Check out this awesome panoramic kite photograph of the UW-Madison campus
Campus Panorama originally uploaded by KAP'n Craig
No, it's not mine. I don't have a big kite, and if I did, I wouldn't know how to mount a camera on it, and even if I could, I wouldn't know how to control it to take eight matching photos and stitch them together (the stitching, maybe, but not the controlling). The photo, of course, is by Madison's own kite aerial photographer, Craig Wilson. (His Flickr handle, KAP'n Craig, is a pun on the acronym for kite aerial photography.) I love this image, the composition, the lighting, the shadows and the angle of view. And the panoramic perspective that turns the isthmus into a peninsula occupied by the UW.
This dinky little copy doesn't begin to do it justice. Click on either the title or his name (not the picture, I couldn't make that work) to go to his Flickr page and follow the instructions to view the panorama in its original size. If you want to see more of his work, he has an exhibit this month at the Hedberg Public Library in Janesville. He'll be there this Sunday, Jan. 25, presenting a slide show and signing copies of his remarkable book, Hanging by a Thread: A Kite's View of Wisconsin.