Saturday, September 21, 2013

# 261 - "Reflections. . ."

“These are the two basic controls at the photographer's command--position and timing--all others are extensions, peripheral ones, compared to them” - David Hurn

f/4.2 @ 1/15 sec. ISO 560

Light Beer

The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta has several activities to keep the throngs of spectators involved. In the early hours around dawn the SEVEN HUNDRED - PLUS balloons are launched. On some mornings there will be various competitions (closest drop to the pin and grab the key) held. When these mid-morning events are completed, Fiesta Park is shut down. A few hours before dusk the masses return for the Glowdeo – a unique activity involving the balloons and the night. Over the intercom speakers, there is a countdown when the balloonists will fire up their jets for a few seconds thus lighting up their woven envelopes. There is an eerie look all around you. Some of the special shapes take on an entirely different look.  “Light Beer” was one of them. I had to be careful with my camera flash as it had the potential to wash out the effect. There was considerable experimentation with my settings to get the look and feel of the Glowdeo.

My pre-posting caught up with my manual postings - hence the twofer yesterday. Thanks for checking in - Phil, Michelle, Tony, Joyce, Joani, Mike Di., and Michel P.

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