Previously, it had a rigging as @cfastie shipped it, looking like this:
While at the Fort Warden Kitemakers meetup I had the pleasure of meeting Jim Day, who has been doing kite aerial photography (KAP) for a few decades now. He recommended that I shorten the picavet rigging on the kite side, and just use a single string:
I copied Jim:
Jim's reasoning, which my field test bore out, was that getting rid of all that string and replacing with a single line results in a lower chance of tangles. Jim also believes that the rig is more stable because the angle of the strings on both sides of the picavet is more even. I didn't see that benefit on my rig, but the simpler handling was much appreciated.
Flight and photos
The rigging flew great! I have to change the timing on my skycam controller to slow down, however. I got a lot of blurred photos with my current camera settings, because the rigging started to pan while the photo was being snapped. I hadn't had that trouble before.
A contemporary Portland scene, clandestine encampments and construction:
Self portrait with bike:
Union Pacific Rail Yard:
Detail of Jim Day's rig:
Jim had a pretty nice, single-servo KAP rig with remote controlled camera trigger: