Up, Up, and Away!

Day Two of the Balloon Festival. This time I made it to the launch on time, but the winds were too dangerous for flight so the launch was cancelled. The pilots did inflate their balloons and I had a wonderful time photographing them up close and personal. I love the little flags hanging along the foreground balloon. They reminded me of a vintage balloon illustration which I tried to capture in the processing.

Top Twenty Week 169
http://365project.org/blog/official-top-20-chart-week-169
Such beautiful detail on the silks of the balloons.
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Beautiful composition and how exciting it must be to be there.
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Wow! The colors and shapes are amazing. Looks like a fantasy land. A fav!
posted September 2nd, 2013  
i can't wait until ours in October. surreal colors! the middle balloon looks like airbrushed art. the forefront wrinkle-y realistic. super fun shot full of vibrant excitement despite the cancellation of the event. sounds like you had buckets of fun weaving in and out the varieties of patterns and color! :)
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Love Hot Air Balloons!!! they are so colorful! This is a great capture of the colors and designs! Sorry you didn't get to see them launch though!
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Very Pretty! I love seeing the many different colors in the various balloons as a festival!
posted September 2nd, 2013  
fave as well :)
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Fabulous capture. It looks like a book illustration. Did you do some kind of special post-processing?
posted September 2nd, 2013  
@falcon11 Thank you so much, Allison. I tried a cross processing edit and liked the effect.
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Brilliant! FAV
posted September 2nd, 2013  
love the color and the processing! I should try that to some of my balloon launch shots. sorry you didnt get to see them go up today! will they have a glow? that was one of the coolest things Ive seen in a long time. :)
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Wasn't this the best time? Love the tones here and pov. Fav!!
posted September 2nd, 2013  
@amandal Thanks Amanda. Yes, it is! I remember your amazing night shot of the balloons. I would love to get a shot like that one day, too.
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Fav ...instant ... such a vibrant, colorful, happy mood ... could really go on a brochure .... am sure these balloons will go places ..!!
posted September 2nd, 2013  
This is fantastic Lisa! I love how you composed this and how you capture even the sheen of the fabric! +F
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Gorgeos color filling the frame. Sorry I couldn't be there.
posted September 2nd, 2013  
this is lovely! gorgeous light and colour!
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Wow, you can just reach out and feel the silk in this photo! Nice composition and detail!
posted September 2nd, 2013  
The processing is fabulous Lisa, a really nice composition. I like it a lot and I am going to fav!
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Those colours and the detail is even more fabulous on large.
posted September 2nd, 2013  
fav---am blown away !!:)
posted September 2nd, 2013  
I love how silky the balloons look! Beautiful!
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Such brilliant colours. Wonderful compostion.
posted September 2nd, 2013  
This is a brilliant shot..... the colors, composition, POV. We've always toyed with going to the balloon fest in New Mexico each October. Just haven't. We ought to work this one in on our way to Alberta some summer..
posted September 2nd, 2013  
fantastic shot!
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Beautiful, colorful balloons. Glad you could get a shot of them even when the launch was cancelled. Is there a third day?
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Fav - I love the colors here - so vibrant!
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Magical, magical, magical!! Fav!! I so want to go to one of these festivals!
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Wonderful capture. Must be quite something seeing so many balloons together!
posted September 2nd, 2013  
This is such a magical shot!
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Fav!
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Can really sense the vibrancy here!
posted September 2nd, 2013  
How beautiful - fantastic colours and shapes. They really do have a Phileas Fogg feel about them!
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Beautiful balloons. Love the silky feel to them you captured. Fav
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Gorgeous - so much lovely colour and texture. Fab shot. Fav
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Just gorgeous
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Stunning shot and rich colors!
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Gorgeous shot - love the colours! Must be amazing to see all the balloons rise! Fav!
posted September 2nd, 2013  
WOW - giant fav!!
posted September 2nd, 2013  
It's always fun to shoot just for colour and shape.
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Amazing capture- I love those beautiful colours. FAV for me too :)
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Stunning shot, great colours and shapes, love it and a fav!
posted September 2nd, 2013  
awesome colours!
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Fav! Vibrant colours and not something I see often. Love it.
posted September 2nd, 2013  
WOW! My favourite balloon shot of all time - fave,fave,fave!
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Great job Lisa! The processing really brought out the silk texture of these beautiful balloons!
posted September 2nd, 2013  
I would echo all the great comments above - wonderful shot, love the textures and the colors - fav !
posted September 2nd, 2013  
very beautiful comp! it looks amazing!
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Lovely composition and beautiful colours
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Fantastic, love the colours and composition.
posted September 2nd, 2013  
FAV! The tones and composition are artistry!
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Gorgeous!!
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Just love the colours, tones and textures in this - wonderful shot Lisa! : ) fav
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Incredible colours Lisa. Fav.
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Oh, what a sight! Love all the colors and how you completely filled the frame with them!
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Fantastic
posted September 2nd, 2013  
I really like your contrast and the way you captured the light off the balloons. So well composed too
posted September 2nd, 2013  
I love the shapes and colours. Fav
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Wow, this is a immediate FAV! The composition and colors are fantastic.
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Very Cool! Love the colors!
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Cool cool shot and worthy of a big fav
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Such a bright colourful and sharp shot. Definite fav!
posted September 2nd, 2013  
@lucypics Thank you, Lucy! So glad you like the shot. Would you mind hitting the fav button for me? thank you! :)
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Fantastic colourful capture!
posted September 2nd, 2013  
I like the textures of the balloon in front and the smoothness of the one behind
posted September 2nd, 2013  
wow this is magnificent. Love the vivid colours.
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Superb. Love the colours and the silky look of the balloons. Fav xx
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Awesome. Fav
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Wow, awesome!
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Fabulous shot.
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Simply gorgeous Lisa. Fav
posted September 2nd, 2013  
beautiful
posted September 2nd, 2013  
oh i love this, instant FAV, I can almost feel that balloon material :)
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Fantastic close up. Love that you can see the textures
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Mae
Absolutely love this! fav
posted September 2nd, 2013  
The material looks amazing.
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Mindblowing colours and textures. Fav
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Just stunning, what colours! A fav
posted September 2nd, 2013  
WOW! And then some! Brilliant capture, why can I only fav it once? Fav.
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Very cool capture. Fantastic composition!
posted September 2nd, 2013  
Love the whole feel of this! Beautifully done! Fav!
posted September 3rd, 2013  
wow marvelous shot Lisa! such beautiful colors and composition! fav!
posted September 3rd, 2013  
Absolutely gorgeous!
posted September 3rd, 2013  
Fabulous tones and composition!
posted September 3rd, 2013  
Congratulations on making it to the PP Lisa! Very well deserving!
posted September 3rd, 2013  
@skipt07 Thank you so much, Skip! It always is exciting, isn't it?!
posted September 3rd, 2013  
Fabulous shot!! You're so lucky to have a balloon festival near by. I went to the one in Albuquerque several years ago and only wish I'd known then what I know now about photography! I hope you post some more of the festival.
posted September 3rd, 2013  
Such beautiful 3D-ness to this! and a happy subject matter! :-)
posted September 3rd, 2013  
Wow. That is way awesome.
posted September 3rd, 2013  
Fabulous!
posted September 3rd, 2013  
Fantastic capture of color
posted September 3rd, 2013  
@moreyoulessme Thanks Jerri! Where do you live? Albuquerque, by chance? I would love to see that balloon festival one day. Must be huge!
posted September 3rd, 2013  
@ikamera Thank you, Kiran! The festival runs for four days. This was taken on the final day so no more balloons until next year.
posted September 3rd, 2013  
Instant fav .... YES indeed !! Superb shot !
posted September 3rd, 2013  
Congratulations on PP :)
posted September 3rd, 2013  
@pixiemac Thank you so much, Sarah!
posted September 3rd, 2013  
ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC SHOT, fav....
posted September 3rd, 2013  
Gorgeous! Love the rich colours!
posted September 3rd, 2013  
Stunning!!! such a fabulous pov! fav :D
posted September 3rd, 2013  
Gorgeous rich colours, patterns and textures, a brilliant shot. Fav.
posted September 3rd, 2013  
Wow, I can see why this was so popular. I give you one more fav to bring you to 49 - do I hear 50 anyone?
posted September 4th, 2013  
fabulous shot glad it made it the PP for me to see..
FAV
posted September 4th, 2013  
wow. Incredible, Lisa! Fav.
posted September 4th, 2013  
Fantastic Lisa. Where is this?
posted September 4th, 2013  
fav btw.
posted September 4th, 2013  
@libertylady Hi Alice, Thank you for your comment and fav! This is in Boise. There is a 4 day hot air balloon festival every year around this time. http://www.spiritofboise.com/pages/spirit_of_boise_main
posted September 4th, 2013  
super dupershot lisa. definite fav. Looks like you had much fun. I was planning to get to the scottish show this year though my camera failure means its for next year :-)
posted September 4th, 2013  
Spectacular isn't it ! Gorgeous colors.
posted September 4th, 2013  
Oh my! The shimmer of the silk and the gorgeous color, swoon worthy. Spectacular job, you! Fav
posted September 5th, 2013  
Incredible! So much color and texture and shimmer and shine and pattern and variety and depth and width and, and, and . . .
Fav!
posted September 5th, 2013  
Beautiful!
posted September 5th, 2013  
Wow this is really amazing Lisa huge (and slightly belated) fav from me too!
posted September 5th, 2013  
Big congratulations on your TT. Well deserved.
posted September 6th, 2013  
Number 5 on TT. So well deserved x
posted September 6th, 2013  
Way to go, Lisa! I am so proud of all that you have accomplished here.
posted September 6th, 2013  
Congrats on TT Lisa, so thrilled for you!
posted September 6th, 2013  
Yay! Congrats on the Top Twenty! I'm so happy this is there!
posted September 6th, 2013  
Fav Awesome photo. Congrats on TT!
posted September 6th, 2013  
@anazad511 Thank you so much, Ana!
posted September 6th, 2013  
@rvwalker Aww...thank you, Ross! That means a lot to me!
posted September 6th, 2013  
@elaine55 Elaine, you are a dear! Thank you!
posted September 6th, 2013  
@joydnichols Thank you so much, Jodi. I'm thrilled to be in your company there.
posted September 6th, 2013  
@michaelelliott Thanks so much, Michael! I appreciate it.
posted September 6th, 2013  
Congrats on TT !!:)
posted September 6th, 2013  
@jodimuli Thank you, JdM! Just heading over to congratulate you on your double! Wow!
posted September 6th, 2013  
Just love this shot, knew it was a winner. Congrats on TT hugely deserved.
posted September 6th, 2013  
Yay - TT!! I came back to say congrats and realized I hadn't fav'd first time around. It's in my favs now!!
posted September 6th, 2013  
@jo13 Thank you so much, Jo!
posted September 6th, 2013  
@taffy Thanks for celebrating with me, Taffy! And, for the fAV! :)
posted September 6th, 2013  
Congrats on the TT. Well deserved. tremendous comp. and color.
posted September 6th, 2013  
ok, another fav =)))) wonderful shot!
posted September 6th, 2013  
Congrats on TT Lisa! love this shot!
posted September 6th, 2013  
Congrats on TT! Your picture surely adds such beautiful colours to it!
posted September 6th, 2013  
was thrilled to see this on TT Lisa ...many congrats!!!
posted September 6th, 2013  
Yippee! So delighted to see this in TT Lisa - have loved all your balloon shots - many congrats - have a great weekend! : ))
posted September 6th, 2013  
Yeah for TT on this amazing shot, lady. I can't get over how vintage and gorgeous these balloons are. Honored to be up there with you this week, my friend!!
posted September 6th, 2013  
Congrats on the TT :)
posted September 6th, 2013  
Fab shot. Saw this on fav favs! Brilliant.
posted September 6th, 2013  
Great shot! Congrats on TT! FAV!
posted September 6th, 2013  
TT - congrats
posted September 7th, 2013  
Big congrats on TT Lisa ! I missed this one somehow, it's amazing, fav
posted September 7th, 2013  
@adamj Thank you, Adam! I appreciate your comment!
posted September 7th, 2013  
@wind_of_the_sothern_sea Thank you, Arefin. Congrats again on your TTx2!
posted September 7th, 2013  
@amrita21 Thank you so much, Amrita! So nice of you.
posted September 7th, 2013  
@friend2303 Thank you, Vijay! I really appreciate it!
posted September 7th, 2013  
@rennes Thank you, Lisa! So sweet of you. Have a great weekend, as well!
posted September 7th, 2013  
@amandal Thank you, Amanda! congrats again to you. I'm honored to be up with YOU!
posted September 7th, 2013  
@willowdragon Thank you so much, Al! I really appreciate it!
posted September 7th, 2013  
@jaynspain Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving me such a sweet comment, Jayn!
posted September 7th, 2013  
@tskipper Thank you very much, Tami! So happy you like it!
posted September 7th, 2013  
@corymbia Thank you, Amanda! Congrats to you, as well!
posted September 7th, 2013  
@cazann Thank you so much, Caz! I appreciate your comment and YOU. Thanks for being such a great supporter!
posted September 7th, 2013  
wow - came to see what all the fuss was about - now i know :o) fav - colours and movement & tautness in the fabric is incredible - congrats
posted September 7th, 2013  
Amazing shot! FAV
posted September 7th, 2013  
Ive missed this beauty. Just fantastic Lisa. It must be wonderful to see the balloons personally! :)
posted September 7th, 2013  
So pleased to see this fabulous shot on TT Lisa - very well deserved.
posted September 7th, 2013  
WOW! A FAV for sure!! Great shot!
posted September 7th, 2013  
Lisa, love this shot. Was this in Boise over Labor Day Weekend? I was at that one on Sunday. Some of these balloons look familar. Congrats on going to the top 20 with your photo. So well deserved.
posted September 8th, 2013  
@sansjuan Hi Nita! Yes, this was in Boise on Sunday over Labor Day weekend. That is wonderful that you were there, too! It was too bad that the balloons did not fly that day but still fun to see them all inflated on the ground. Are you from the Boise area?
posted September 8th, 2013  
I knew the moment I saw the thumbnail this was going to be a fav! It's wonderful and you definitely captured that vintage feel in your processing.
posted September 9th, 2013  
Breathtaking... I never saw one of these so close before today ^^
posted September 9th, 2013  
Congrats on #5 - fav. Really nice work.
posted September 10th, 2013  
Just wanted to say congrats on the TT with this super shot. I love it
posted September 10th, 2013  
Fav! Just a riot of colors and the texture and sheen of the balloons is fantastic.
posted September 11th, 2013  
FAV of FAVES! ADORE THIS! It's like hearing whales breaching when the balloons are inflating isn't it. Quite breathtakingly magical. Wonderful shot Lisa - really really fabulous shot. Wonderful texture, colours and layers to this shot. As always, you thoroughly deserve all the plaudits here. Congratulations!! :-)
posted September 11th, 2013  
@mandapanda1971 Oh, Amanda, thank you, thank you for your enthusiastic comment. Thanks also for your continued support! Means so much to me!
posted September 12th, 2013  
Splendid colors ! Fav !
posted September 15th, 2013  
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