Monday, November 8, 2010

Come Fly With Me...The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

This photo always brings a smile to my face. The Darth Vader balloon brings back memories of my youth when I would stand in a mile long line just to get into a single screen theater to watch Star Wars!

In the evening the special shape balloons put on a show called the glowdeo. The static display of the special shape balloons light up the night landscape when all the pilots turn their burners on to create a magical moment.

Canon EOS 5D,Tamron SP AF 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di LD IF

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A little history....

Every October the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico hosts a balloon fiesta that attracts people from all over the world. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta features over 700 balloon making it the largest ballooning event in the world. As a photographer I found this event a delight because of the bright, colorful balloons contrasted against the big blue New Mexico sky made for great photographs!

The Balloon Fiesta Park is spread out over a 78-acre launch field (that's 54 football fields put together)! This event is huge and in fact they claim that this is the most photographed event in the world. What I like the best was that there are no viewing stands - you are part of the action and can walk right up to the balloons. The crews are very friendly and accommodating to photographers.

My photo does not do justice of portraying the awestruck sight of hundreds of balloons in mass ascension or bringing a smile to your face as you see for the first time the special shape balloons, but hopefully it will inspire you to book a flight to Albuquerque next year so you may witness this incredible event for yourself.

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