True This is my favorite photo from the session, despite (or perhaps because of) the failure to launch. Alex Farris
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2013.02.18
While visiting my friend the afore-appeared Steph Feeley and celebrating her graduation from iO Chicago, I took some time out to do a bit of kite-flying. I had remembered the comment I made before about trying a flight at the 12th Street Beach, and given its relative proximity to downtown and Soldier Field, I thought the place would make for some good photos.

Unfortunately, this weekend the Windy City didn't live up to its name. I didn't get the kite very high up at all because the wind was either weak or turbulent nearly the whole time. I found a grassy area next to the beach, though, and the more consistent winds there made for at least one quality photo. The rest of the take turned into the accidental session of self-portraits, crashes, and tangled line you see below. The photos come straight from the GoPro, simply sized down; later tonight, I'll put up beautified versions of some of the photos on the catch-all KAP page.

One other thing: when I pulled the kite out of the car, I found out I had lost the cross pole. There were some fallen branches nearby, though, so I improvised.

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Untitled (Self-Portrait #1) Untitled (Self-Portrait #1) Alex Farris
12th Street Beach, complete with footprints showing me trying to run fast enough to create some lift 12th Street Beach, complete with footprints showing me trying to run fast enough to create some lift Alex Farris
Untitled (Self-Portrait #2) Untitled (Self-Portrait #2) Alex Farris
Untitled (Self-Portrait #3) Untitled (Self-Portrait #3) Alex Farris
This is my favorite photo from the session, despite (or perhaps because of) the failure to launch. The flying sand really dramatizes the failure! This is my favorite photo from the session, despite (or perhaps because of) the failure to launch. The flying sand really dramatizes the failure! Alex Farris
NOW we get some success, overlooking the Adler Planetarium to the right NOW we get some success, overlooking the Adler Planetarium to the right Alex Farris
The broken ice on Lake Michigan gives the water a bit of a marbled look. The tangled kite line gives the photo a bit of an The broken ice on Lake Michigan gives the water a bit of a marbled look. The tangled kite line gives the photo a bit of an "I really need to fix that" look. Alex Farris
Ah, yes. We finally get to the grassy field. Only here did I really get some altitude. Ah, yes. We finally get to the grassy field. Only here did I really get some altitude. Alex Farris
What's a kite-flying session without warping? What's a kite-flying session without warping? Alex Farris
Look at that beefcake! (Self-Portrait #4) Look at that beefcake! (Self-Portrait #4) Alex Farris
Untitled (Self-Portrait #5) Untitled (Self-Portrait #5) Alex Farris

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