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this is the "Curves" balloon - they are a weight loss company geared toward women........................ this is the color without the flame - wait until the next post to see what the flame does to it!!!

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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Oct 31 2007 16:06 GMT LisaSam67
nice one!

so what do you think of the navigation now?

i'm so lost hahahaha

and poor mom... just showed her buttons last night and now it's all different!
Oct 31 2007 16:10 GMT megmet PRO
I love this shot Bill, the colour is so rich and it's great composition too!

As for the navigation.....like Lisa I'm lost! I fully agree with what you said about it all in the thread and I also hate the right to left set-up we have now, I hope they change that back.....
Oct 31 2007 16:14 GMT Bali
Really amazing!!!!
Oct 31 2007 16:23 GMT LisaSam67
i hate that it only shows four pictures up there ..... the last page should be full.... not the first page
Oct 31 2007 16:28 GMT elbeaver
I almost thought a Milka purple balloon :P
Oct 31 2007 16:38 GMT jomoud PRO
Great color in this balloon.
Marvelous photo
Oct 31 2007 17:01 GMT genese
haha this must be my balloon :) ;) curves
Oct 31 2007 17:03 GMT wifey
I know someone who went to curves… they actually gained more weight! Great helium container!
Oct 31 2007 17:23 GMT PhotoPro PRO
omg Tracy - not supposed to work that way!!
Oct 31 2007 17:26 GMT Sheila PRO
Have you shown this to our own well-beloved curves on Fotothing??
Oct 31 2007 18:53 GMT bennystr
I like this one even better!
Oct 31 2007 21:46 GMT PhotoPro PRO
brain not working properly Sheila - I'll have to message him! thanks
Nov 01 2007 01:53 GMT perola
Very interesting and beautiful !
thank you for share
Nov 01 2007 23:22 GMT jceca PRO
don't look like balloon .. get some curves ... :-))

unbelievable difference in color, before and after ...