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anyone fancy a LOT of Pepsi??

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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Comments on this photo:

Oct 28 2007 22:28 GMT stuboy
If they do one of those for beer let me know :)
Oct 28 2007 22:40 GMT bennystr
Great shot Bill!
Oct 28 2007 23:00 GMT jenylew
Superb capture here! I love the crowd in the foreground, totally adds to the excitement of the scene! :-)
Oct 29 2007 00:33 GMT DIGITALOOKING
suger free? diet? i am in! hahaha! very nice shot!
Oct 29 2007 03:08 GMT jett366
NIce capture!
Oct 29 2007 04:20 GMT gtc126
Wonderful Balloon Series!!!!!!!!!!
Oct 29 2007 05:00 GMT LisaSam67
i got the moon i got the moon i got the moon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oct 29 2007 05:39 GMT PinkPepperPhoto PRO
Yep, we have to sacrifice to shoot tripod free! Guess that would be a pretty big Pepsi Party!!
Oct 29 2007 14:56 GMT LauraMarie78 PRO
Great Picture
Oct 30 2007 02:06 GMT LisaSam67
i soooooooooo need a pepsi right now
Oct 30 2007 06:11 GMT PhotoPro PRO
Oct 30 2007 09:31 GMT Poulet PRO
No COKE here???????? :S
I don't drink Pepsi!!! :((

Shhhhhhhhh...........Bill, it's my client's a direct competitor!!!! ;D
Oct 30 2007 13:31 GMT PhotoPro PRO
I won't tell Poulet - shhhh!!