Related link: http://scotthaefner.com/kap/
I’ve always wanted to do this. Take a kite, strap a camera on it, and snap away. I’m fascinated by aerial photography and have gone up a few times in Cessnas (with someone else flying of course!!). The problem is, wuss that I am, I always get sick. Another photographer who is also a pilot told me that it is because, when looking through the lens, your brain thinks you are at a certain altitude when in reality you are much higher. Hence the sickness.
Either way kite photography seems like a perfect way to create beautiful aerial imagery without a plane.
If one was really fancy, and the kite wasn’t flying too high, I suppose you could create a networkable kite of some kind. Connect a digital camera to some kind of wireless protocol (probably 802.11b/g, bluetooth would let you only put your kite ten feet up in the air!). Have the digital camera’s display mirrored on your powerbook so you can preview before you snap. If wireless was too much you could simply create a super long firewire cord and use that.
Have you ever created a kite-cam?