Philip Bromwell

A Bird's Eye View

Kite photography in Ireland

You can see more of Ciarán's work at
Scrabo Tower, Co Down
"We all have an innate wish to see a bird's eye view of things. We like the window seat on a flight, climb mountains or pay to go to the top of tall buildings to see that view. I am no different."
"Explaining how I achieve these images with the use of a kite is one of my favourite subjects. The kite is the lifting vehicle. It's flown to a height of approximately 40ft and then I attach my camera rig to the line. This consists of a DSLR camera housed in a rig which I have full remote control over. A few flicks of a joystick and buttons enables me to pan and tilt the camera to almost any desired location or angle, not forgetting the all important shutter release. With this level of control I let my kite on up higher into the air, carrying the camera and rig to the desired height for the shoot."
So what sort of shot of the bridge is Ciarán hoping for today?
Devenish Island, Co Fermanagh
So how did he get on.... with just a camera and a kite?
Hook Head, Co Wexford
Mussenden Temple, Co Derry
Ciarán is happy with the shot. Today's overcast weather conditions were far from ideal for kite photography, but his passion for his craft still shines through.
I took this picture of the bridge on my iPhone.
And here is his camera.
Take a look at some of the "bird's eye" views Ciarán has captured at locations across Ireland.
Dunguaire Castle, Co Mayo
"It has to be one of the coolest feelings, flying kites in beautiful locations all over Ireland knowing that no carbon footprint has been left by my activities."
The "bird's eye" views of the bridge will eventually be featured on a website which showcases Dublin's bridges through photographs, videos and stories. See
So why kite photography?
But Ciarán May from Co Fermanagh is going to use a different approach to photograph the bridge. He has been able to capture unique aerial images of Ireland using a kite to lift his camera. Here he is with his kite.
The Samuel Beckett Bridge spans the River Liffey, linking the northside and southside of Dublin. Designed by the internationally acclaimed architect, Santiago Calatrava, the bridge's dramatic shape gives the appearance of a harp lying on it’s side. Photographers love it.