Driving along PCH on Long Beach (Pacific Coast Highway) I noticed quite a few kites in the sky, and couldn't resist an evening session there to shoot them.
I shot kitesurfers once before, in the Columbia River Gorge where the sport was invented.
For the above shot, I was just trying to create sort of an abstract, searching the sky for the most kites I could include at one time. They don't tend to get together, because their lines will get crossed up.
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Canon 6D, 70-200 F/2.8, f/16, 1/25, iso 100
In this shot I was working with a slow shutter to capture the motion.
In case you haven't seen this sport, briefly... You have a small surfboard, with foot holders (like a water skis). You have the kite, which has an inflatable part so it holds it shape. Then lines coming down to that harness which is attached to your waist.
It's a very dynamic and athletic sport. I think if you aren't fit, you will be. If the wind is blowing hard enough, you can launch off waves and fly for quite a ways. I say "you," because, uh, I don't think I'm taking this one up. I'll stick with photography.