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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 weekend!!!!

(constructive critique is welcome)

coming soon -
Saturday 0915 - Great St Louis Balloon Race
Mon 09/03 we went to a small car show -
St Louis Air Show - from high up in the hills above the air field:
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Comments on this photo:

Oct 27 2007 22:24 GMT fourdeadpresidents
Is that guy shooting fire out of his head???


Great shot PP.
Oct 27 2007 22:33 GMT mickmusser
Oh boy, I do like balloons.
Oct 27 2007 23:50 GMT Poulet PRO
Great capture, Bill!!
First I just thought as fourdeadpresidents said!! ;)) lol
Oct 28 2007 06:23 GMT Squirrel PRO
SUPERB SHOT >>>>>>>>>>>
Oct 28 2007 08:21 GMT Tavascarow
Excellent capture.
Oct 29 2007 02:09 GMT Wildspirit PRO
Always a beautiful event--thanks, Bill! Great series!