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The Wild Side of Photography by Cyrill Harnischmacher

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The Picavet

A few camera rigs will attach directly to the kite line; however, most rigs hang from the line by using a “picavet” suspension system. The picavet (pronounced “pick-a-vay”) allows your camera to remain level even though the kite string is not, providing a gentle flowing ride for your rig and camera. There are two ends to a picavet, each attached to the kite line, but not close together: the camera rig hangs from the middle. As the line of the kite moves at different angles the picavet provides a level glide for the camera and rig. Picavets can also be simple or complex, but a basic picavet is normally included with the kit that you purchase, or you can purchase the parts to make your own. Once you have all of your equipment ready, ...

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