He was a high-flyer as a college lecturer and in business.

And now retired photography expert Edward Robinson is still flying high.

The former photographic technology lecturer has produced stunning images of the Colne Valley - shot from a camera on a kite.

The results have delighted 78-year-old Mr Robinson, of Slaithwaite, but also been reward for years of hard work and experiments to get the equipment right.

He admits that many of the early images were far from ideal.

 

And with the camera shooting some 600 images in a seven-minute kite flight, it can be hard to get the image he wants.

Mr Robinson spent many years lecturing at the former Manchester Polytechnic before running his own photographic business in Cheshire.

He retired to Slaithwaite and decided to carry on his hobby of trying to get aerial pictures.

“I had tried for a number of years and finally managed to get a frame assembled on the kite to make it work.

“Some of the early ones I tried had a camera activated by a balloon and a clothes peg, so you can tell they were a little unsophisticated.

“Now I have devised a frame attached to the kite string with rubber bars to support the camera and it seems to work. The thing you want to avoid is camera shake but it can be very difficult with gusts of wind.

“The kite is a large thing, about eight feet across, but it is capable of being flown to a couple of hundred feet in the lighteest of breezes.

“I have fixed the shutter so it opens to full aperture and shoot the Panasonic Lumix camera on Sports mode, which rattles off many images each second.

“There’s always the worry that kite string will break but I am pleased with the results”.

Mr Robinson has turned some of the images into picture postcards and is selling them through the Post Office in Slaithwaite, but admits it’s a hobby rather than a business.

He also has a motorised kite and a drone with eight motors, but prefers the old-fashioned kite.

And he’s hoping for some winter snow - to try and get winter wonderland pictures of the area.

 

The Examiner has shot a number of series of pictures from the air over the years.

In 2008 our chief photographer Julian Hughes took the images below from a plane as it flew over Huddersfield.