Balloons are Eye-Candy
When I think of Hot Air Balloons, the first thing that comes to my mind is color. The multi-colored balloons are fun to watch, the sound of the gas heating up the balloons is seductive and enjoyable. What comes to mind for you?
What to see and do at the Bluff Balloon Festival
This past weekend (January 17-19, 2014) marked the Annual Bluff, Utah, Balloon Festival. The schedule was full of fun things to do, good eats, great chili, Navajo children’s music and dance performances, an arts & crafts bazaar, and, of course, balloons everywhere.
I taught a group of Photographers how to capture these subjects, and to learn a few simple techniques for photographing moving subjects. In addition, while the balloons were grounded (they fly early and late each day), we explored Anasazi Petroglyphs, Grand Landscape, Sunrise, and Sunset.
A Great place to camp: Cadillac Ranch RV Park, Bluff Utah. Tim and Diana are wonderful hosts, and I served breakfast each morning to the photo workshop participants, at the dinette in my camper. And later each day, coffee at Cafe Chase the Light: my camper.
Right Place, Right Time, Right Moment to Click the Shutter
A favorite lesson for my students: learning to be at the right place, at the right time can be easy, but pressing the Shutter Release to make the photo can be challenging.
Here are a few examples of being precise, and anticipating your compositions when subjects are moving.
But the real gem, was when the balloon cast a shadow on the Twin Rocks, is this heartbreak or love?