Heather and I took a weekend vacation to Ocean City Maryland this weekend, camera in tow as usual, to get away from everyday life and work, and just enjoy ourselves. As it turned out, we booked our trip on the same weekend as the Kite Festival! There were dozens and dozens of kites of all shapes sizes (even one that was a roughly life-sized blue whale) and styles blowing out in the strong ocean breeze; it was really cool.
As it turns out, Heather’s Aunt and Uncle were also in OCMD, and her Uncle Rodney is a kite flyer! We met up on Saturday, talked for a while at the Festival, and at some point Rodney and I got to talking about his kites when I blurted out that I would love to do a shot with him and his one of his kites. He agreed, and we went our separate ways with “we’ll be in touch” as our parting words and strictly binding contract about his portrait.
Hours passed, beaches were visited and sat upon, dinners were planned, and the day was falling into night. I wanted to get this portrait in the blue hour on the beach, but it wasn’t going to work out. So we made plans to shoot at sunrise on the beach.
5am rolled around fast. I think 5am ALWAYS rolls around fast. Who likes 5am!? It’s an indecent hour! Anyway, we headed down to the beach near Uncle Rodney’s hotel and found him anxiously awaiting us with one of his kites.
We put a magenta filter on the lens, a green gel on the one flash I had with me, and Heather held the flash in one hand and a pillowcase in the other (I didn’t have any diffusers, softboxes, or umbrellas with me... so a pillowcase would have to do to soften the light from off camera flash). We got our portrait. Here is Heather’s Uncle Rodney with one of his stunt kites on the beach moments before the sun popped up over the watery horizon!