Annual Hot Air Balloon Sunrise
Sunday 24 August 2014 — Category: Shooting
Albany, Oregon, means the annual Northwest Art and Air Festival. And that means potential photo ops as hot air balloons float here and there around the area.
A few years ago I had made the effort to attend the Festival — see Up, Up and Away! — but having been there and done that, I have not been very motivated since then. But that doesn’t mean I can’t still get great shots of hot air balloons during the Festival!
After my daily neighborhood walk early this morning, as I was eating breakfast at home, I kept glancing out the window to keep an eye on any balloons which might come near the rising sun. In past years I have been able to get some wonderful balloon photos, like the award-winning shot that ended up on the cover of the Albany Visitors Association Guide.
This year the balloons were not getting very close to the sun, so the only decent “balloon and sun” image I ended up with is the one shown to the right. As usual, you can click on it to see a larger version.
However, I did get some really nice sunrise pictures without any balloons. They have been added to the Homemade Images 2014 album, where you can see all three of today’s photos.
You may be interested to know that I didn’t use my fancy-schmancy Olympus OM-D E-M5 Micro Four Thirds camera for these shots. Rather, I opted for the flexibility of my humble but competent Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR pocket camera. Seeing today’s results, I am quite happy with its performance! Onward and upward!