Morecambe’s annual ‘Catch The Wind’ kite festival is a delightful and colourful free event and having a wedding free Saturday, I thought I’d pop down for a look with my camera in hand.
When it comes to photographing an outdoor event I like to look for something unusual or comical and that certainly is a theme at the kite festival! Every year some of the visiting kites seem to get bigger, more elaborate and more bizarre. One of my personal favourites was Superman, who was in good flight and made quite a spectacle.
The photo below was one I carefully planned. The small child walking across the beach I thought would look interesting framed in the centre of the hollow kite. I was lucky not to have a clutter of distractions in the shot and took several attempts to get myself in the right place. All was made rather tricky because it was very breezy and the kite was darting from side to side, making ‘targeting’ very difficult.
I changed position to try a shot looking straight up at a kite flying directly above. I made use of the sun behind it, giving it a slight glow as well as making the surrounding clouds an added interest. A hazy sky did soften the image so I added a little contrast in Photoshop to make it more striking.
Not all kits are designed to leave the ground as I discovered. This bunch of colourful bugs dancing on the beach made a curious sight.
The ‘Catch The Wind‘ festival, which is organised by ‘More Music Morecambe‘ is on again tomorrow afternoon (24th June), for those who aren’t engrossed in the World Cup football! It’s well worth a visit and if there’s a strong breeze again, the flying conditions will be excellent. Happy Snapping!…