I have just spent three days at Murwai beach, west of Auckland, New Zealand. The trips purpose was to photograph the 2009 range of Peter Lynn foils. I had the privilege of working with a handful of the most skilled kite buggy pilots in New Zealand. This shot is the new Hornet. Buggy pilot is Perrin Melchior of Kite Works in Auckland.
I've tried to get this kind of pictures of kite buggiers before. It is surprisingly difficult, particularly when the buggy pilot isn't working with the photographer. This time I think we nailed it though.
I've got 1200+ other shots to go through now of beautiful kites in this stunning location, so there's more to come!
The Core piloted by Craig Hansen of Peter Lynn Kites. His tracks tell the story of the jump he's just landed. I love the green/white/grey colour scheme of this kite. Craig called it the toothpaste kite because of it's minty-fresh look.
Ever since I first began thinking about how best to photograph my favorite passtime of kite buggying, this is the angle I wanted. It's taken me many years to get there. There-in lies what I think is one of the many secrets to photography; the willingness... no, stubbornness, to spend years chasing 'the' shot you've already taken in your imagination.