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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.

The final balloon glow photo!!
Next up, the Great Balloon Race.
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Comments on this photo:

Oct 04 2006 05:40 GMT Rissan
wow, what a variaty of balloons. And so many people.
nice and colourful shot.
Oct 04 2006 06:13 GMT rohtas
great view.... A lot baloons... really colourfull!
Oct 04 2006 09:11 GMT foley
classic photograph
Oct 04 2006 12:45 GMT Agoraphobia
I love that Rabbit :))
Oct 04 2006 14:54 GMT jomoud PRO
aaawww it's over?:(:(:(:(:(
spectacular series
Oct 04 2006 19:26 GMT PhotoPro PRO
thank you John!
Oct 06 2006 00:56 GMT deanbed
A stunning set of colourful and very interesting photo's!