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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 06:41 GMT LisaSam67
oh sure..... throw another one up so i have to look!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! brat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

beautiful............ zzzzzzzzzzzzzz time! I mean it!!!!!!! hahahahahaha
Oct 31 2007 06:42 GMT LisaSam67
so is PS... killing your exif data maybe?????
Oct 31 2007 06:44 GMT PhotoPro PRO
do you know what time it is here?????

I was at a memorial service til 9, got home and watched Boston Legal (kinda) , then played tape from NCIS, The UNIT and Bones.......... I'm going to have to watch all of them again ----- not a clue what they were about!!!!
Oct 31 2007 06:46 GMT LisaSam67
LOL.... it's almost 3am right??????????
Oct 31 2007 06:46 GMT PhotoPro PRO
this was 2 photos combined into a new image - so no exif... almost all the rest have it
---- check out how slow a speed some of these shakey hand-held shots were made at, I don't believe it! :-))
Oct 31 2007 06:47 GMT PhotoPro PRO
almost 2.... my sleep dr wants me in bed at 11 - hahahahaha
Oct 31 2007 06:55 GMT LisaSam67
lol i keep thinking you are way over on the east coast..... lol DUR

and ...... you did good! nice results in all of them
Oct 31 2007 06:56 GMT LizSA
very nice... the 2 photo's..
Oct 31 2007 09:11 GMT charlotte
so coo!
Oct 31 2007 12:13 GMT Mafernandes
i love this. very very beautiful
Oct 31 2007 15:07 GMT yvon
so colorful
Oct 31 2007 16:37 GMT jomoud PRO
No sleep needed??:):)
Oct 31 2007 17:20 GMT PhotoPro PRO
I wish John - I am at least sleeping in, but if I sleep too late Roxy wakes me and I don't get enough hours....... working on backing up bedtime...... just not succesfully yet!! :-))