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Ingo Rautenberg | profile | all galleries >> Michigan Challenge Balloonfest 2004 tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Michigan Challenge Balloonfest 2004

The Michigan Challenge Balloonfest takes place in Howell, Michigan and has been an annual event for the past 20 years. It's the State Championship for ballooning and over 50 ballons participate over a 3-day period in Livingston County. These images are of the Balloon Glow Saturday evening, June 27, 2004 and the corresponding carnival. There were thousands of families in attendance. Unfortunately, I was unable to make the early evening balloon launches from 18:00 hrs- 20:00 hrs and so these images are from 21:15 hrs to 21:51 hrs (9:15-9:51 PM). All were handheld and shot at 1/3 to 1/20 sec at ISO 64. In retrospect, I should have upped the shutter speed due to subject's movement and increased ISO to 200 or 400. Due to the extremely low light conditions aside from the short flame bursts for the balloon glow effect, most focusing was made manually, as were shutter speeds and aperture.
Starting to inflate the Balloons
Starting to inflate the Balloons
Carnival
Carnival
Wheel at dusk
Wheel at dusk
Filling up the Balloons I
Filling up the Balloons I
Filling up the Balloons II
Filling up the Balloons II
Filling up the Balloons III
Filling up the Balloons III
Filling up the Balloons IV
Filling up the Balloons IV
Balloon Glow I
Balloon Glow I
Balloon Glow II
Balloon Glow II
Balloon Glow III
Balloon Glow III
Balloon Glow IV
Balloon Glow IV
Balloon Glow up close
Balloon Glow up close