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Roxy loves this photo!!

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 29 2007 15:28 GMT Midworlder PRO
It's going to be another interesting series I can tell
Oct 29 2007 18:08 GMT bennystr
Oct 29 2007 18:55 GMT LisaSam67
Oct 29 2007 21:46 GMT jenylew
I won't dare show Dawson this photo or he'll have a snap attack.
Very cool shot!
Oct 30 2007 01:05 GMT ashdad PRO
Meaty photo! : - )
Oct 30 2007 01:30 GMT PhotoPro PRO
haha!! :-))
thank you!!
Oct 30 2007 06:18 GMT Cloud13
Hahahah a flying can of dog food.............

"So waddya do ont he weekend Jim?"

"Nuthin much, flew around St Louis in a can of dog food."

Oct 30 2007 16:55 GMT Tom33
I wonder if the dogs appreciated this one?
Oct 30 2007 17:11 GMT jceca PRO
i could see why she loved it ... :-)
Oct 30 2007 23:30 GMT gtc126
Super Shot...I believe this balloon has gone to the dogs!!!!! LOL!!!!
Nov 01 2007 03:22 GMT mickmusser
Checkers wants to see this over Red Lion.