The Festival of Balloons is held at Cook Park in Tigard, Oregon over a three day weekend near the end of June in order to raise money for non-profit organizations in Tigard. Events include arts & crafts, a car show, live music, carnival rides and of course the hot air balloons. Weather permitting as many as twenty or thirty balloons will be inflated and launched each morning of the festival. On Friday and Saturday evenings a few balloons return to the field yet stay tethered to the ground and their burners ignited to allow them to glow against the sky as it fades to darkness.
After a briefing and the go ahead was given, the pilots and ground crew got started on inflating their balloons. I lost count although there was somewhere around twenty that launched in the hour I spend capturing frames at a rate of every two seconds. This time I shot jpeg at a lowered resolution for a total of 1700 frames, imported into LR, cropped and some minor adjustments and exported for rendering in QT Pro.
Music sampled from Float On by Modest Mouse ©2004