Photography 101: Swarm

They Filled The Sky

Hot air balloons take flight under cloudy skies.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Normally, there is only one source of  illumination that matters to me as a photographer. (Hint: Rises in the East, sets in the West).

Though occasionally I do rely on other, artificial, sources of illumination while making my photographs.

The Cocheco Mill Building in downtown Dover, NH. The bright blue-white spotlight on the tower shining brightly, a mirror image of the building reflected in the glass smooth water above the waterfalls. Numerous widows are lit from within in this long brick structure.


Cocheco Mill, Dover, NH.

Five hot air balloons, at the Pittsfield, NH Hot Air Balloon Rally, glow from within at the Rallies Night Glow. The balloon pilots light off the burners in the evening, after the sun goes down, to give the balloons a beautiful internal glow.



“Night Glow” at the Pittsfield, NH Hot Air Balloon Rally


Sunday’s Hidden Treasure.

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.

Mist covers the glass smooth water reflecting the clouds that are colored in shades of pink and purple from the rising sun. A small island image left, about a third of the way up frm the bottom has a flag pole with the U.S. flag on it. Among the shoreline trees on the point of land behind the island stands several photographers eagerly awaiting the 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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Down

Down, but not for long…

Ever since I found the Weekly Photo Challenge, I’ve started looking forward to the Friday notification of the new “Challenge.”

At first I thought this week was going to have me stumped like last week. But then after taking a peek at several of the entries for this week, this one in particular from the theurgetowander, I realized I had just the right shot for this week.

I made this photo at the Pittsfield, NH Hot Air Balloon Festival. This is the same balloon rally where two of the photographs from the Launch challenge post(still my favorite fireworks photograph).

I took this while doing something I have always wanted to do, which is ride in a helicopter.