Awaiting The Launch.
Not long after sunrise, large groups of photographers gather for the morning launch of the hot air balloons at the 2010 Pittsfield, NH Hot Air Balloon Festival.
Canon EOS 1D Mk IIN
Canon EF 50mm f1.4
iso 100, 6 seconds @ f11
Oh, what a beautiful morning! I’m glad you were there.
Thanks Gary! Fortunately the clouds and the mist made up got the fact that the wind was wrong. Usually the balloons will come over the water and a few pilots will be kind enough to bring their balloons down and dip the baskets in the water. The wind di finally change, but by then the light was gone.
Now that’s a sunrise! I would love to photograph a hot air ballon festival…all that color and interesting shapes to feast one’s eye on!
It sure made up for the fact that the wind was blowing the balloons the wrong way! My favorite part of the rally is the “night glow.” In the evening, after it gets dark, they inflate some of the balloons and by adjusting the mixture on the burner, get the entire balloon to glow. In a field with 8-10 balloons it’s beautiful. This is one of my favorites, http://www.jeffsinon.com/Cars/Art-Of-The-Car/i-pCg3FsM/1/M/hot-air-balloon-night-glow-1-M.jpg
I wondered why I never see a sky like that, but then it dawn on me .. I am still sleeping ;) These fluffy pink clouds are just breathtaking..
That’ll do it. One thing all nature / landscape photographers need is a good alarm clock. And the willingness to use it! :-D
This header is fantastic … looks like capuccino foam :)
Thank you! Now I want one!
Great shot Jeff. The thin layer of mist on the surface of the water really gives this the “wow” factor. Superb!
Thanks a lot Jim. I love it when Mother Nature makes my job easier. :-)
Love the colors!
Thanks Belen. Does this mean we can expect a new post from you soon? Lately it seems that right after you leave a comment on my blog, I get a notification of a new post from you :-D
Actually, I was planning to get a new post up at the end of last week, but the weekend turned out to be insane. Now that I know someone’s expecting it, I’ll try to get it done asap :).
I’m standing here tapping my foot impatiently waiting :-P
Oooooooohh :) :) :)
Well thank you!
Wow! This is incredible sky color. Also love mist just over the water of the lake. What time was this taken, 5-530am?
This is right up there with my favorites of your images!
Thanks Nate, and good guess. 5:38 to be exact.
Wonderful photo. I was gonna ask for the f-stop and all those details, but then I used my eyes :)
You must be getting old like me :-)
Yes, I’m definitely getting old. The other day I parked my bike for the winter because I didn’t feel safe bicycling in the darkness (I have no lights). That’s such an old man’s way of thinking…
They say that Inside every old man there’s a young boy wondering: “what happened?”.
Oh I definitely have that boy inside!
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