My Beautiful Balloon


As I mentioned in my last post, we attended the Alabama Jubilee over the Memorial Day weekend. These are a few of the images taken during the weekend.





I like using F22 while shooting into the sun to create the star burst effect. You might have also notice it in the bumper of one of the cars during the last post.











You’ll notice the tennis ball in the guy’s hand. What you don’t see is his dog to the camera’s left waiting anxiously for him to play with her. She was so funny. He finally had to take the toy away so that he could concentrate on the business at hand.

















  1. DaniLew June 9, 2013 at 11:49 am #

    Beautiful images! I really love the night-time ones.

    • Phillip June 9, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

      Thanks. This was our second time to go to see the Jubilee. It is just amazing to see them light up at night. They call “Glowing”, which is a great term for it! How’s the new improved website coming? I’ve been getting anxious to visit it.

      • DaniLew June 9, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

        One of these days I’m going to catch the air balloon shows in the area and ride in one too.

        The new site is almost ready; fingers crossed that it will be next weekend. I’ll let you know when it happens. Thanks.


        • Phillip June 9, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

          I’ve yet to ride. The lines were too long.

          I know that your excited about your new site. Fingers Crossed!

  2. Len Saltiel June 10, 2013 at 5:28 am #

    Excellent images Phillip. Love the compositions and colors. I have always wanted to visit one of these shows but there isn’t any here in the northeast.

    • Phillip June 10, 2013 at 11:19 am #

      Thanks Len. I’ve never thought about that. I wounder if there is a reason why they aren’t held up there. If you ever get the opportunity, they are amazing to watch.

  3. Jimi Jones June 10, 2013 at 6:05 am #

    Excellent series of shots, Phillip. Fantastic work, man.

    I really love the vivid colors and festive atmosphere you’ve captured here.

    • Phillip June 10, 2013 at 11:21 am #

      I appreciate it Jimi!

  4. Jan Winther June 11, 2013 at 7:02 am #

    Hot air ballons are so cool, to see and to shoot. I am really digging your night shots.Amazing colors.

    • Phillip June 11, 2013 at 7:56 am #

      Thanks Jan. I agree, they really seem to com alive at night!

  5. Edith Levy June 13, 2013 at 9:50 pm #

    Fantastic images Phillip. I’ve been dying to find a hot air ballon festival in my area but so far no luck.

    • Phillip June 13, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

      Thank you Edith! I’m sorry. They are really cool to see!

  6. Andrew Graeme Gould June 14, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    Another beautiful series, Phillip! Some very creative captures here, and yes, I do like that starburst effect very much.

    • Phillip June 15, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

      Thank you Andrew. I appreciate it. Sometimes that starbust effect can really add a lot to an image.

  7. Otto von Münchow June 24, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

    Hot air balloons are always fun to shoot, and you really captured some eminent images here. They are all so beautiful, but my favourite is the one of the top of the blue and yellow balloon against the sky. I like the tight crop which shows me a different take on hot air balloons.

    • Phillip June 25, 2013 at 11:05 am #

      Thank you Otto. I appreciate your comment.

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