You've never seen a hot air balloons like this before. A couple weeks ago, Albuquerque, New Mexico held its 41st annual International Balloon Fiesta. It's a 9-day event where over 700 balloons see liftoff. It's the largest hot air balloon festival in the entire world and we were on hand to capture the action.
Turn the Volume up, HD on and enjoy this Balloon Fiesta Experience!
*if you are capable of watching in a higher resolution than 1080p go to youtu.be/l8YaMK4-MYg and choose original as this film was finished in 4k*
Beep.. Beep.. Beep.. The Alarm goes off at 4 am. Time to get ready for a morning full of hot air balloons! Eat a quick breakfast, grab the batteries off the chargers, cameras and warm clothes and head out for the field! This was my favourite part of shooting the Balloon Fiesta. The early morning anticipation running around the field in the dark trying to find the row of balloons that will go off for dawn patrol! The Balloon's will be all laid out on the ground and just as you start to see some light back-lighting the Sandia's mountains the first group of balloons start to inflate. These are the best pilots who go up before the sunrise to find out what the wind conditions will be like for the day. They take off one after another into the dark of the morning. And then it all starts to get crazy!
Dawn Ascension is when all of the balloons (excluding dawn patrol) take off one after another starting just before the sunrise. There is so much to see and so many absolutely massive balloon's littering the field. Before you know if your staring at a balloon that looks like Darth Vader that is taking off right in front of you! The sky is filled with balloons at this point and it seems like they are never going to stop! 500+ balloons take off in the span of an hour and a half! When the field finally starts to empty it's time to jump in your vehicle and chase after the still flying balloons! They will land anywhere they can in Albuquerque. From school yards, to back yards to the middle of the street it is always a fun experience chasing down a big balloon!
The equipment used to make this video included:
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
Canon 16-35mm f/2.8
Canon 24-70mm f/2.8
Emotimo TB3 Black
Film + Edit: Joel Schat (joelschat.com)
Music: Watching the Storm - U137