This year I had the opportunity to head on over for two mornings to the hot air balloon launches at the NW Art & Air Festival in Albany, OR. Below are a few in no particular order. Just for fun – I did give myself a bit of a challenge later in the mornings to look for opportunities to use the sun creatively. Not sure if I met that challenge – but I had fun trying. Enjoy!
It’s always a great challenge to look back on a year’s collection and to trim to a list of the best. It’s an exercise I recommend to every photographer out there. That said, the extra challenge is to get that list to only 10 photos. Well, I almost made it this year – I trimmed this one to 11.
So, in no particular order, here’s my 2013 list with a bit on each addition.
This first photo is from a children’s church group singing at a convalescence home. It was a very sweet moment with folks stepping out of their rooms to hear the children sing Christmas carols in the hall.
Once I saw these two barns – I just wanted to figure out a way to get the photo. This is one of those rare images where (if I remember correctly) I was thinking black and white from the onset.
In 2013 I had the opportunity to shoot two Polar Plunge events for Oregon Special Olympics. This next photo is from the Corvallis event. Initially I was torn between two photos for this list: “dynamic splash” and “pink tutu’s”. You can see which one I chose.
This was from the 2013 Photo Walk here in Corvallis. It’s probably safe to presume that it took me over a hundred images to get this one.
In the very next moment, this bull fighter found himself in the air (but my very next frame only had the legs of the bullfighter visible – I was zoomed in too far on the scene to get all of him in the air).
The Lover’s Bridge in Danshui, Taiwan. This is one of those rare images where I actually pre-visualized the final result. Some folks are really good at that – I’m not.
Jiufen, Taiwan is a great little market town. Fortunately while we were there we were treated to this epic rain.
Street opera in Tainan, Taiwan. I like how this image shows the proximity of the street to the opera.
Hot air balloon festival. Another image here on the list with strong architectural elements.
Sheep nor shearing are typically on my list of favorite images. But, I liked this moment along with the lighting, color, and texture.
Mt Hood in the clouds. It wasn’t long after this image that the mountain was completely obscured by the incoming weather.
Had 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.