Mumbai by a thread: Meet the India's only professional kite photographer

#1 Sep 11th, 2016, 11:32
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Drones are such a drone. The country's only professional kite photographer, Dinesh Mehta, sends a camera up in the air on a maanja to work his magic.

It's a Thursday evening, and the day has seen sporadic bouts of showers. However, when we meet architectural photographer Dinesh Mehta at a sprawling public garden in Borivli, we're thankful for the welcome sunshine and strong breeze. "There's no way we can practise kite aerial photography if there isn't enough wind, and of course, if it's raining," says Mehta as he gets ready to fly a giant, multi-coloured delta kite that he has designed himself.

On the floor are several light-weight cameras that Meha has purchased over the years. "The cameras vary in megapixels, weight and censor sizes. I have to keep upgrading the camera to ensure clarity of pictures," says Mehta, who is an alumunus of the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology University, Ahemdabad. Currently, Meha has six digital cameras including a Go Pro, Ricoh, Nikon and a waterproof Pentax.

"What I am going to do next might seem ridiculously unbelievable to some," he jokes as he attaches one of his digital cameras to the main kite line. The basic idea is to suspend a camera below a kite, and send it aloft above the target area. The camera is kept level and oriented with a device called a cradle, which is attached to the kite string, which is something like zip-line. "Since the camera will be up in the air, we won't be able to manually click pictures, hence we'll use the interval mode to get a click every five seconds or so," he explains. In the brisk wind, the lens snaps greedy pictures from a height of 150 feet. But, when it finally descends, what we have on camera are some surreal, breathtaking images of the Western Mumbai skyline from various angles.
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#2 Sep 11th, 2016, 16:55
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Thanks for posting this, aarosh! I had no idea anyone took pictures this way. Very interesting!
#3 Sep 11th, 2016, 18:51
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The first time I learnt about kite photography was when IM'er kshil was researching about his trip to Karnataka. He has asked a question about the photographs he saw in the Karnataka Tourism site. I did some research and found that the photographs were taken by Nicolas Chorier. See his images at
#4 Sep 12th, 2016, 04:52
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Yes, those are striking photos (Chorier)! Well worth getting the book. Its a fantastic coffee table book (this is why I go to India type)..
Why does my link to Mehta go black after a second?
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For those who are DIY:
Just got a new bigger drone yeehaw. But, the battery doesn't last as long as a kite does..

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