A performer spins a fire rope in front of the “Wheel of Thwarted Ambition” that also throws off sparks at Burning Man 2008. (Frederic Larson / The Chronicle)
While looking at Burning Man photos I found some taken from the air with a camera suspended by a Kite.
This kite photograhpy is very interesting. Here is how it is done:
The rig is used to attach the camera to the kite line and it enables me to aim the camera in any direction. I can pan, tilt and rotate (switch between portrait and landscape modes), all from the ground using an RC transmitter for a model airplane. Of course, I can also snap a picture using the radio controller. I use a gentLED to fire the camera, a special IR light made by fellow KAPer, James Gentles.
The rig is made of woven carbon plates fastened together by aluminum corner braces, with steel rods and aluminum gears for the rotation axes. Carbon plates are ideal because they are light-weight and stiff, and they relatively are easy to cut, sand, and work with. The total flying weight is 1 kg (2.2 pounds) – link