Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta… When the Weather Doesn’t Cooperate

Ballooning is a fair weather sport and if the wind is blowing, the ceiling is too low or it’s raining they don’t fly. Friday was just such a day but, even with the main event canceled, the balloonists still wanted to give everyone the best show they could so, several balloons inflated while remaining on the ground providing some fun photo opportunities. I always enjoy getting “into” the balloon photographically. I ask if I may move in close and then get down low with an ultra wide angle lens and shoot into the balloon as it is inflating. I find I can capture some outstanding patterns…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 14-24mm f2.8

While photographing the American flag balloon I noticed a disturbance in the side of the balloon and suddenly two men entered the balloon, one with a video camera. I love the scale that adding a person gives. And in this case having a videographer inside the balloon shooting out was a great addition…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 14-24mm f2.8

The sky was amazing and I so wanted to find something to put in the foreground when I saw the mounted police coming our way. I headed them off and asked if they would mind posing for the group which they graciously did…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 2120mm f4 VR

Not only did they pose for us. When I asked the man on the Clydesdale to pose separately, he offered to trot towards the camera adding some action to the image…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 24-120mm f4 VR

I then moved in tight to make an image of Prince’s eye…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 24-120mm f4 VR

A special surprise was the Navy Seals Leaping Frogs sky diving team dropping in on the event. I added plus 1.5 exposure compensation to brighten the divers against the grey sky giving the image a high key look…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 70-200mm f2.8 VR II and TC-14E II

So, while we didn’t get a single ballon in the air, we still had a wonderful time and made some great images. Stay tuned.