Kite Flying


Shot with Canon 1100d, f4.5, 1/60, ISO100 @35mm

I did something I hadn’t done for over 5 years.  Fly kites.  Kite flying is a fun activity/tradition in India on and around the Independence day on 15th of August.  It’s also done in many other parts of the world for various reasons and in various different ways.   So this little shoot was to rewind my memories and create portraits of the current generation.

The kid above is my little cousin who flies much better kites than I ever did.  So a portrait session to mark his skills were obvious.  I don’t know if this activity is termed as a sport but many parts of the world do indulge in this activity pretty seriously.

Shot with Canon 1100d, f2.8, 1/30, ISO200 @50mm

Shot with Canon 1100d, f2.8, 1/30, ISO200 @50mm

Kite flying is no piece of cake.  As kids we’d spend hours on the roofs even on a scorching hot day.  It’s fun to watch some seniors fly kites today because of their expertise and dominance when they are in the game.  The idea is to fight other kites and who can stay in flight while bringing down others wins.  It’s a healthy fight mostly in the sky between two kites using a specially made thread.  This thread known as manjha can even cut fingers if you’re not careful. Fun times.

Take care.


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