Riding in a hot air balloon is high on my bucket list, but I still haven’t done it. They are so colorful and inviting. I did make it up in a small plane, thanks to my great nephew Daylen. And, twice the balloon ride was within reach, but not taken.
The first opportunity was the Windsor Hot Air Balloon Classic in Windsor. I had just bought my D3100 in 2012, and this festival was my first outing with it. I was truly struggling to learn what this digital camera was all about. All my shots were on auto. Here are two images:
My second opportunity came this past weekend at the Great Reno Balloon Race in Reno, Nevada. I have improved since Windsor and was anxious to shoot on manual/RAW. However, I wasn’t ready for the differences in the two festivals. At Windsor, some balloons went up in the dark; at Reno, they waited until daylight. At Windsor, the balloons left at different times; at Reno, most left at once–it was a race. So, I wasn’t able to capture shots like those above.
We did get an opportunity to shoot the balloons in the dark, but it was a challenge. They didn’t stay lit for very long. My exposure meter was all over the place. I did the best I could, and I got some good shots.
The other difference: They weren’t offering rides like they did at Windsor. It was a larger event and more people attended. So, I guess I’ll just have to find a hot air balloon ride somewhere. Next year is the year!
Here are some images. No captions necessary.
6 thoughts on “Up, up and away: Great Reno Balloon Race”
What eye candy! A wonderful way to treat yourselves, without danger! But WITH loss of sleep!
It was fun, but it took me two days to catch up on sleep. I really want to go up in one, better eye candy.
They are beautiful, but I don’t think I’d have the courage to go up in one !! But it looks like fun – from the ground that is! LOL
Thank you Joan. I don’t think they go too high. I’ll let you know!
Beautiful photos, Anne!! They remind me the ones I’ve seen from Cappadocia, but I admit that I like yours more with the reflections! 🙂
Thank you Mercedes. We were lucky that the pond was close enough.