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Hot Air Balloon Launch Time Lapse

As an experiment – I set up a Contour POV camera for stop motion capture (1 frame / per second). Then I stitched the images together at 10 frames per sec to put together a quick time lapse of the hot air balloon launch from Saturday morning at the NW Art & Air Festival. Enjoy!

NW Art & Air Festival 2013: A Few Photos

iSoar - NWAA - 2013-8Had a chance to get out for the hot air balloon launches this weekend over at the NW Art & Air Festival in Albany, OR.  This year – I worked the entire weekend with only a 17-55mm f/2.8.  And yes – there were times I wished I had the fisheye and, yes, there were times that something a bit longer would have helped.   But it was a good challenge nonetheless.

By the way, been digging the VSCO filters.

And, yes, that’s one of those crazy “tiny planet” panoramas up there.  Over on the Camera 47 Facebook page you’ll find a few more.  I’ve been experimenting a bit with them lately.

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Friday Fone Foto

This one is from Saturday morning at the annual NW Art & Air Festival held in Albany, Oregon.  This year they had more than 30 balloons out.

If you happen to be on Instagram – you can check out my entire feed at Camera47.

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Wallpapers are Back!

Yep – after a bit more than a year away – we’re bringing back wallpapers!

But I thought I’d mix it up a bit…   🙂

Three big changes:

  1. I’m dropping the monthly calendar on each wallpaper.  Hopefully – this will make it a bit more “timeless” – and easier to download images for use whenever you’d like to add them to your screen.
  2. Tablet sizes!  Some images simply work in that square format – some don’t.  That means sometimes I’ll introduce images for laptops and PC’s – and other times only a tablet image will be posted.
  3. Images may not always land right at the first of the month.  But – if you’re a fan on Facebook or are subscribed to receive blog updates via email – you can be among the first to know when new images are posted.

hot air balloon mobile wallpaperSo – to get things started (again) – here’s a backdrop for all of you tablet-toting folks.  This particular hot air balloon photo is still one of my favorite aerostat images.

And, as always, all feedback welcome.  Enjoy!

(to download the image – just click on the image to get the full size – and then click to save)

2011 Northwest Art & Air Festival: Hot Air Balloons

Had a chance to go out on Saturday morning and shoot some hot air balloons at the Northwest Art & Air Festival in Albany, Oregon.  It’s probably the largest annual collection of hot air balloons in this area – and it’s always packed with photographers.

Afterwards – we went to the Original Breakfast – also in Albany.  Oh, golly – some great food.

As it turns out – all but one of these were shot with the Sigma 10mm fisheye.  Still trying to learn how to use it – but I’m having fun with it.2011 art air - hot air balloons-5

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10 Images from 2010

First – Happy New Year!  And welcome to 2011!

OK – I’ve posted what I thought were 10 of my better rodeo images from 2010.  But when it comes to the rest of the portfolio – not only does the whole process become more difficult – but definitely much more diverse.

I’ll take a bit more time with this one – and maybe a note or two on why a particular image made the cut.  So – in no particular order – here’s 10 images from 2010.

Agree?  Disagree?  Let me know.

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The first two images come from Willamette Celebration – one of the best photo experiences I’ve had.  I probably could have tossed in 20 images from the weekend – but that sort of breaks the whole “10 images” motif.  These two images, I thought, stood out from the pack.

This image – I thought – just simply worked.   It sort of tells the whole story without the need for much introduction.

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For the Newsboys – I pretty much just kept the hammer down for the entire time they were on stage.  Great show.

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Next up – Pt Lobos.  I’d like to get back there and try a few more.    It’s funny that this image didn’t make the blog earlier – but it has since bubbled towards the top of my list.  Maybe it’s the story it conveys – not sure.

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Hot air balloons have become a bit of a theme for me the last two years.  This image turned out better than expected.  To get this shot – I was down flat on the ground – and with a bit of neck strain – pointed the camera up at the people milling nearby.  Just glad nobody stepped on me.

hot air balloons - for blog - sRGB-1 The last couple of seasons – I’ve tried to shoot a bit of rugby (when I can make it out there).  It’s a club sport at the university – with great action – and casual sidelines.rugby - for blog - sRGB-1

Campus Rail Jam Tour – a.k.a. Snow in the Quad.  Could have been named Snowboarders vs. Photographers. snow in the quad - for blog - sRGB-1

I shot this image at a Tea Party rally in early 2010.  For a number of reasons – those images haven’t seen the light of day.  But I liked this image.  tea party - for blog - sRGB-1

Two years now – I’ve shot the Pro Life rally in Portland, Oregon.  This image is from the march leading up to the event in downtown Portland.right to life - for blog - sRGB-1

Yaquina Bay Lighthouse.  Local iconic architecture (and some might consider it trite, boring, overdone, and only good for postcards).  This image (I thought) was kinda fun – and just sort of worked.

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Mt Jefferson from Russell Lake.  30 second exposure with some filters near sunset.  This was taken not far from the tents.dudes go backpacking - for blog - sRGB-1

Another Hot Air Balloon Photo

hot air balloons - NW Art Air - 2010 - low res-20Just tidying up a few images from the 2010 Northwest Art & Air Festival this evening – and thought I’d post this photo from the last morning of the event.

Wallpaper: September 2010

September already?

Well – regardless of my shock – here’s the new wallpaper.  This photo is from the Friday morning hot air balloon launch at the annual Northwest Art & Air Festival – held just last weekend in Albany, Oregon.

Now I could try and talk up “vision” and “skill” in getting this image – but in reality – there’s no secret sauce here – I was just experimenting.  Flat on the ground, looking up, wide angle, handheld, and underexposed the scene by a stop or two (or something like that).

Hope you enjoy it.  And, as always, all feedback welcome.

Available for download in four sizes: 1920×1080, 1366×768, 1600×900, and 1600×1200.

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Northwest Art & Air 2010

NW Art Air 2010 - Friday - low res-3 This morning – up at oh-pre-dawn-thirty to catch the hot air balloon launch at the annual Northwest Art & Air Festival in Albany, Oregon.

I might post more photos a bit later – but I thought I’d toss a few out there quickly.NW Art Air 2010 - Friday - low res-1

If you’re in the Willamette Valley this weekend – these folks (weather permitting) are also scheduled for Saturday and Sunday morning.  If you’re able to make it out there – I might suggest trying to arrive no later than 6:15 – as there’s a lot of action leading up to the actual launch.NW Art Air 2010 - Friday - low res-2

Hot Air Balloon Photo for sale over at WozoFoto

Wozofoto offers a “deal of the day” photo – and today it happens to be one of my hot air balloon images from the Northwest Art & Air Show.  8×10’s are $10 – and 11×14’s are only $15.

And if you’re curious – more images from that weekend can be found here.

The cool thing about Wozofoto – is that every day he posts another photo at a great price.  So check his site out – and if you want to keep track of his daily deals – you can follow him on Facebook or over at his blog.

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