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Morning Glow

Captured at the 2017 Tigard Festival of the Balloons.

Captured at the 2017 Tigard Festival of the Balloons.
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3 Comments | Report
smshaffer May 23, 2018
Up and away ,cool capture
RamyDelariarte June 12, 2018
EatingYellowPhotography October 12, 2020
Love the colors in this!💛
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Behind The Lens

This photo was captured at the Tigard Festival of Balloons in Tigard, Oregon.
The photo was captured prior to sunrise during the morning blue period. If my memory is correct it was approximately 5:20 am.
I really enjoy talking photos during the blue period, that time just before sunrise or just after sunset. All photographers are aware of the golden hour, but many do not utilize the exceptional light quality of the blue period. I have found the blue period light is exceptional for arial, seascapes and most landscape photography.
The photo was captured with a Fujifilm XT1, handheld @ f/10, ISO 200 with a Fujifilm XF 55-200mm (83-300mm) F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Lens.
I love Hot Air Balloons and live about 15 miles form the park where the Festival of the Balloons is held each year. Since the first 3-4 balloon launches occur within a few minutes before sunrise, the sky show is usually spectacular. I enjoy capturing unique perspectives of this event.
Since I capture RAW images, some level of processing is required. Generally, I adjust the white balance, the highlights and shadows, and usually add some clarity to the processed image. I also adjust for lens distortion and ensure a level horizon. Obviously, other minor adjustments may be necessary depending on the image, but I always try to keep adjustments to a minimum and at a conservative level.
In my camera bag
I am now exclusively a Nikon user. I have two Z7 mirrorless cameras which I always keep in my camera bag. In addition, I have one wide angle (20mm prime), a 24-70 general purpose lens, and a 105mm macro lens (all Nikon lenses) and a TC II 1.7 teleconverter (see other lenses below). I carry neutral density filters, and for water, a polarizer, and a set of step-down rings. For cleaning, I carry a rocket blower, several clean microfiber cleaning cloths and cleaning solution. Obviously, I also carry at least 5 fully charged batteries, a charger and several XQD memory cards. In my bag, I also carry an X-rite Color Passport, a remote trigger device and a camera strap. I also carry 2 luma cube, and 2 arca swiss plates and tools. In addition, in my car, I always carry a fluid head tripod, various tripod spikes, a tripod stabilizing rock bag, Super Lube Synthetic Grease, a 70-200 and 80-400 mm lens at all times. For astrophotography, I also carry a star tracking device (Move Shoot Move), and a a secondary specialized ball head that attaches to my main tripod. I also carry a nodal point slider and several related attachments should I need to make parallax adjustments for panoramas.
Always plan a shoot, and then plan some more. My advice is to scout similar venues to get an understanding of the environmental factors you will face. Don't stop at one shoot at a location. I find that my second or third shoot of a subject is generally the most effective. It is rare that I am happy with the first results. I study my images from the first shoot to help me eliminate errors in subsequent shoots. This technique also helps me to formulate more creative perspectives of a given subject. In addition, I find using applications such as the Sun Surveyor, Dark Sky, Google Maps and TPE (Photographer’s Ephemeris) as invaluable tools to facilitate photo shoots. Without a considerable amount of planning and technique refinement, successful results are never consistent.

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