Nicolas Chorier is a French photographer who takes aerial photographs with his kite and a special customized camera which broadcasts its picture down to a handset made from a game boy. He has taken photographs in France, India, and Uzbekistan, among other countries. The angle from which these photographs have been taken makes for very interesting viewing.
The equipment that Nicolas uses consists of a Canon 5D and a rig. He gets the kites up in the air and then sends the camera and rig up on a second line after the kite is stable. The entire camera setup weighs about 4.4 pounds. The camera is controlled from the ground using an air-to-ground video link that beams live images back to a portable TV screen strapped around the photographer’s neck. Nicolas also has a remote control which he uses to control the camera. This mode of taking aerial photographs gives Nicolas access to locations that would otherwise not be accessible by helicopters. Sites such as the Taj Mahal are World Heritage sites and no fly zones. Kite photography is also a lot more environmentally friendly than using a helicopter or an airplane.
Watch an interview of Nocilas Chorier and a more detailed look at his kite and rig here.