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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 28 2007 15:10 GMT megmet PRO
I adore your balloon shots Bill.
I've only ever seen them in daylight.....but one day...! :-))
Oct 28 2007 16:18 GMT sprigo
Great shot Bill.
Oct 28 2007 16:23 GMT charlotte
Oct 28 2007 17:15 GMT bennystr
Superb capture!
Oct 28 2007 17:28 GMT Ruedi PRO
Oct 28 2007 17:38 GMT Lensvision
Oct 28 2007 17:44 GMT marijke06
excellent PP!!
Oct 28 2007 19:36 GMT SamWiseWoahZay
I like the ISO grainy effect here!
Oct 28 2007 21:40 GMT sini
Great shot!:)
Oct 28 2007 22:34 GMT sweetjane
wow great serie my dear!!! have a great sunday....xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Oct 29 2007 06:40 GMT senna3
Excellent balloon series!