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Statesville, North Carolina Balloon Festival

Saturday, October 22, 2011
Ever since I saw a beautiful collection of balloon pictures in National Geographic Magazine I've been wanting to go to one, and this morning my husband and I had a really special chilly morning here. It was 35F degrees when we arrived and about 62 when we left. Looking forward to next year's event with warmer clothes, if the weather is as cold! I shot with a GH2 which I've had less than a week, and brought the Olympus 14-42mm II, Panasonic 45-200 and Panasonic 20mm f/1.7. Most of the shots were taken with the 45-200 and it was just about perfect for the job. Only problem occurred when focus couldn't keep up with my trying to catch the balloonists dropping markers (colored plastic bags) for a contest. (Update: This year I will use continuous burst mode to capture those marker drops!) From the moment I got that lens I was thrilled with it, and it didn't disappoint me with this batch of pictures. The histogram, however, kept disappearing from the lcd or viewfinder and I found that very frustrating since exposures had to be constantly adjusted to keep up with the light from different directions as the balloons moved.


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P1000609 On the way to Statesville, North Carolina
P1000609 On the way to Statesville, North Carolina
P1000614 Getting the Shot
P1000614 Getting the Shot
P1000620 It was cold
P1000620 It was cold
P1000625 ROTC on Duty
P1000625 ROTC on Duty
P1000632 Photographer in Training
P1000632 Photographer in Training
P1000636 Inflation in Progress
P1000636 Inflation in Progress
P1000638 Almost fully inflated
P1000638 Almost fully inflated
P1000641 Norman, Almost Aloft
P1000641 Norman, Almost Aloft
P1000645 Where's that balloon?
P1000645 Where's that balloon?
P1000647 Yay! Norman's Airborne
P1000647 Yay! Norman's Airborne
P1000654 Wonder
P1000654 Wonder
P1000660 Look Mommy!
P1000660 Look Mommy!
P1000668 Festival Fare and Crowd
P1000668 Festival Fare and Crowd
P1000676 Appearing Behind the Trees
P1000676 Appearing Behind the Trees
P1000701 Two in Lovely Light
P1000701 Two in Lovely Light
P1000716 Did it hit the mark?
P1000716 Did it hit the mark?
P1000728 Will it hit the right place?
P1000728 Will it hit the right place?
P1000733 Too soon
P1000733 Too soon
P1000738 Close
P1000738 Close
P1000741 Nice Lineup
P1000741 Nice Lineup
P1000745 Tossing the Ring
P1000745 Tossing the Ring
P1000751 Caught a bit of it!
P1000751 Caught a bit of it!
P1000759 Too funny!
P1000759 Too funny!
P1000774 Family Affair
P1000774 Family Affair
P1000788 Yay!
P1000788 Yay!
P1000800 Taking Careful Aim
P1000800 Taking Careful Aim
P1000807 Jubilation
P1000807 Jubilation
P1000837 Enthusiasm
P1000837 Enthusiasm
P1000874 Performers
P1000874 Performers
P1000902 Payne Chiropractic
P1000902 Payne Chiropractic
P1000908 Old City Hall
P1000908 Old City Hall