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it was so windy - not all the balloons got fully inflated.... the ones that did would sway back and forth -- made for tough shooting conditions


The night before the Great Balloon Race (http://www.greatforestparkballoonrace.com ) is Balloon Glow. The balloons are all setup close together and as the sun goes down, every few minutes a horn would sound and all the balloons would open up their "burners" and would light up the entire balloon.

We started just as the sun was going down and continued into the dark. I had a tripod all ready to use, but when we got there and I saw the 70 balloons "very close" together and the 150,000 people there I made a quick decision to use a high ISO and shoot handheld so I could move freely among the balloons.

The down side to the 1600 ISO is the high amount of digital "noise" or "graininess" on the images. The upside is I was able to catch shots I wouldn't have had time to compose on the tripod, and didn't have to hassle with always having an unobstructed view..

We got to watch the balloons being inflated too!

This event took place in Forest Park (http://stlouis.missouri.org/citygov/parks/forestpark ) which is in the center of St Louis and is 40% bigger than Central Park in New York City.




Have a great week!!!!


(constructive critique is welcome)



coming soon -
Saturday 0915 - Great St Louis Balloon Race
http://www.greatforestparkballoonrace.com/
Mon 09/03 we went to a small car show -
St Louis Air Show - from high up in the hills above the air field:
http://www.stlcofair.org/
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Oct 30 2007 21:58 GMT Elise
Fantastic baloon serie...as always great shots my dear friend! :)
Oct 30 2007 22:30 GMT bennystr
Great again!
Oct 30 2007 23:12 GMT irashid
Beauriful work and detail !!!!!
Oct 30 2007 23:31 GMT gtc126
Wondeerful Balloon Series Bill!!!!! I bet that was gorgeous as they all lit there balloons up!!!!!
Oct 31 2007 03:30 GMT domesticfix PRO
Great series Bill !!!!
Oct 31 2007 06:37 GMT LisaSam67
love all the colours in these shots!
Oct 31 2007 16:36 GMT jomoud PRO
Yeaaah the Energizer Bunny is back:)
Oct 31 2007 16:46 GMT PhotoPro PRO
it's such an awesome ( and the world's largest ) balloon!!
Oct 31 2007 17:13 GMT garynumber1cleaner
awesome series of pics ;-)
Oct 31 2007 17:17 GMT PhotoPro PRO
thanks Gary!!
Nov 17 2007 13:06 GMT gwen83
I like the bunny, hahahah:)))

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