This past holiday weekend, we ended up in Colorado Springs to photograph the balloon festival that takes place there every Labor Day weekend. It’s rough getting up at 5 [just ask my 13 year old daughter] but it is so worth it.

As you stand in the middle of dozens of balloons being filled and launched, you are awe struck by how something so fragile can lift you sky high.

And just like any event we photograph, we shoot it from many different perspectives.

When you’re out on an event [it doesn’t have to be paid – just practice at a fun event you’re attending] see how many different angles you can capture.

  • Hot Air Balloon Duck Colorado Springs 2008

The first balloon to launch

  • Hot Air Balloon Festival Colorado Springs 2008

The balloons being filled

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The balloons taking off above the trees

  • Hot Air Balloon Shadows Colorado Springs 2008

Shadows

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Looking up at the basket

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A sky full of balloons

No matter what you event, the idea is to tell the story. Use your camera to take more than a few photos – tell the story of the entire day. What did you do? What did you see?

If you think in “book” perspective, your photography will take on a whole new look.

 

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