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Sunday, 25 November 2012 23:04

Silhouette of man handling a large red white and blue kiteEach year, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Kitty Hawk Kites presents its annual Kites with Lights festival for residents and visitors to the Outer Banks.  The store staff bring their largest kites to the top of the East Coast's largest sand dune, Jockeys Ridge in Nags Head, NC.  With power generators ready, the fasten Christmas lights to the kites, and send them soaring for an airborne celebration of the start of the Christmas season.

And each year, I climb to the top of Jockeys Ridge, armed with lenses, cameras, and a tripod.  I enjoy capturing images of the backlit kites before the sun sets.  After the sky darkens, I capture time lapse light traces as the Christmas lights dance in the breeze.

Just as I reached the top of the second ridge, about an 30 minutes before sunset, I noticed a young man about to pick up a flag-themed kite.  Since he was between me and the low sun, I immediately thought of a silhouette.  As he lifted the kite, the color intensity of the backlit kite struck me.  I got five shots in less than two seconds, then the opportunity was gone.

I didn't set out to make this image.  It just happened when I was in the right spot, but I will take credit for being there with a ready camera, and the vision to see it taking shape.  Luck favors the prepared mind.

It only happens once in a while - where I know I have a killer shot waiting on my memory card.  This was one of those moments.  I made hundreds of images that evening, more backlit kites, more dancing lights.  But those few seconds of the silhouetted young man handling the backlit kite was burned into my mind.

And fortunately, the images that popped onto my monitor when I downloaded the card didn't disappoint.  I succeeded in recording in bits and pixels what I recorded in my mind's eye!


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