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Balloon overhead

Every year the sky bubbles with balls of color announcing the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Hundreds of thousands of people come from all over the world to watch myriad balloons lift free from the earth, sample a vast variety of local and foriegn foods, and take millions of photographs. With how incredibly affordable and user friendly point-and-shoot cameras have become, there are times when a person standing on the launch grass amidst the inflating ballons is swimming in a sea of photographers, each lens pointing this way and that. Having experienced the fiesta for a few years, I almost love watching the people and their cameras more than the floating balloons overhead. Generally, I watch the balloons in their progress with fascination, but most of my photos are of the people I am with, as the setting allows wonderful candid shots.

Once in a while, I take a few pictures of the balloons if something catches my interest, photographically. This was one of those moments. The balloon crew had just been given clearance for take-off when I noticed how the smoothness of colors on the balloon blended with the fragile looking wires holding the basket below the thin material of the balloon. This black and white version represents the smoothness in tones of gray better than color and adds to the over-all delicate feel of a balloon floating overhead.

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  1. Infinite Monkeys
    December 3, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    I think I’m going to disagree on this one. (Although having not seen the color I can’t be completely sure.) The color in balloons is one of the best things about it. Especially in contrast to some of the other colors that exist in this part of the world, the bright hues are festive in a distinctly close-to-the-border kind of way.

    This picture is interesting but I would love to see it in color.

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