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this is the "Curves" balloon - they are a weight loss company geared toward women........................ this is the color with the flame - light photographer's best and worst friend!!! :-))

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
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 31 2007 17:26 GMT Sheila PRO
oooh it's got all embarrassed and turned red!
Oct 31 2007 17:29 GMT LisaSam67
Oct 31 2007 17:29 GMT LisaSam67
Bill.... the navigation is making me nuts hahaha
Oct 31 2007 18:02 GMT Midworlder PRO
A great marketing opportunity, and a top photo too Bill
Oct 31 2007 18:31 GMT soldier
This is beautiful... great presentation!
Oct 31 2007 18:52 GMT bennystr
Excellent shot!
Oct 31 2007 19:03 GMT SIGMUND
Wonderful shot Bill!!
Oct 31 2007 19:19 GMT LauraMarie78 PRO
Love this Picture Bill
Oct 31 2007 22:00 GMT marbon
great shot i love balloons
Oct 31 2007 22:46 GMT Offshore43
Great shot Bill! I don't think you have anything to worry with the light nor the ISO, it is what it is and it is a GREAT shot! Well Done!
Nov 01 2007 03:04 GMT PhotoPro PRO
thank you!!!
Nov 02 2007 04:11 GMT wifey
LOL… I'm sorry… LOL… it looks like an Easter egg! Nice series all around.