I had an assignment for National Geographic magazine on Easter Island. I took a lot of equipment to do a lot of different things, but the most difficult task was flying a kite with a camera attached to make photographs over the Moai that define this place.
Easter Island is a small remote Island off the coast of Chile. We got permission from a brigadier general of the Chilean Navy to use the one security plane to do an overall aerial of the island. But, to get in closer, I needed a helicopter-- to get one I would have to bring it 2300 miles on a barge over open ocean.
I knew this would be too expensive, so I decided to fly a camera on a kite.
The first step was to find someone who could help me learn the basics of kite flying.
At home, in Oregon, I had set up a remote transmitter that would fire the camera.
Then I took the device to the beach for a test.
The camera was attached with a motorized gimbal to the kite that is basically a remote-controlled tilting device that moves the camera up and down to compose the photograph.
A kite expert in Oregon set me up with a kite that was larger and more stable…
He told me in the right winds, this kite could move a car.
So after some difficulties making the connections and getting the camera to pan, we successfully got a camera up in the air with steady winds.
I knew there would be problems but the test was somewhat successful and anyway, I would have to leave –I was out of time to play around with this stuff.
After two days of travel to get to the island I drove around for my first tour to see the sights, and my big surprise was that my trusty Rapa Nui assistant that had been emailing me in English, had been using a translator … and he didn’t know a word of English.
So although it wasn’t planned this way I ended up having a crew. We enlisted help from my assistant’s twin brother and girlfriend… this made for some interesting communication mixing Rapa Nui, Spanish, English and Dutch.
And in the end it took help from every one of them to help me do this photograph.
So after trying a variety of trigger devices, I finally wired a small computer to the camera and hung it on the string as well. Then that computer transmitted down to my iPad so I could see the framing.
But it was a frustrating experience because there was a lag, and by the time I hit the release button on the ipad the camera was in a completely different location so it was still just …serendipity…whether it worked or not.
Imagine flying for 5 hours over open ocean to the most remote inhabited place on earth. And then, on this tiny speck of land, to find the magnificent statues of Easter Island. How ere they made? How were they moved? All great mysteries which we may never understand fully. I took one of the roughest and bumpiest flights of my life to observe this place first hand, and it was well worth it. It remains one of the most fascinating places on earth.
Holography artist Ikuo Nakamura stayed on Easter Island for 5 weeks and captured unique island's scenes and festival. Simple 3D images you see here are completely different from his previous holography artworks.
* This 2D left eye version trailer was extracted from Easter Island 3D moving images.
3D moving images include the famous giant stone statues "Moai" on the most isolated island on earth and the annual festival "Tapati."
Timelapse 3D movies of Moai at sunset, sunrise, under the Milky Way are the must to see.
2 x Canon7D 100mm / 10-22mm / 24-55mm
2 x SONY Nex5 w/18mm ( for handheld )