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3/3 - decreasing amount of flame

still windy.....

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 Thursday!!!!

(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:

Nov 01 2007 19:02 GMT LizSA
Beautiful..... I love the colour... the atmosphere..!
Nov 01 2007 19:03 GMT Lensvision
I just love the light in this series.
Nov 01 2007 19:04 GMT Ruedi PRO
Fantastic colors!
Nov 01 2007 19:07 GMT BobdeGroot
Beautiful lightning of the balloon
Nov 01 2007 19:31 GMT photomom
beautiful shot
Nov 01 2007 21:07 GMT bertel
you just keep on showing great balloonphotos :o)))))))
Nov 01 2007 21:32 GMT Elise
Woderful image.....I love this :))) great serie sweetie PP! :))
Nov 02 2007 00:52 GMT SamWiseWoahZay
These are really great, this one is my favourite so far
Nov 02 2007 03:38 GMT domesticfix PRO
Nice lighting here !!
Nov 02 2007 15:45 GMT iyerhari
very beautiful shot:)