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The Beginning of the Glow

The Beginning of the Glow
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Copyright: Reed Radcliffe (rlrad) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 142 W: 8 N: 375] (1374)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-09-16
Categories: Transportation, Event, Decisive Moment, Nocturnal
Camera: Nikon D7000, Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/10 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-20 8:18
Viewed: 1522
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is another photograph from the Forest Park Balloon Glow - it is from the very beginning, right before dusk when the balloon pilots were just starting to all fill their balloons with hot air.

This was shot on the periphery of the action, actually the first action I saw as I entered the area under the balloons. I was able to stop the light at an ideal point to keep the area of interest well exposed and the surroundings darker, almost vignetted. This scene belies the chaos that was ahead...

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

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What an amazing colorful shot Reed! I would LOVE to be a part of this one day! We have a Balloner Fest at NASA, but now that it's been shut down, chances are slim...B-( Wonderful REDS!!

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2011-09-20 13:19]

Hi Reed,
A very beautiful (almost magical) scene you've captured. Wonderful glow and color tones. Excellent details on this. Nicely composed. TFS Julie

Nice moody shot, Reed.

You've caught a good shot showing plenty of participation from the crew/passengers to be and like you say in the note, your exposure setting is perfect.

The partially inflated balloon on the left has great detail, and all together a very well handled colourful shot.

Nice work,


wow neat shot, such a great time to photograph, exposed and composed so well,

Hello Reed

I like the composition here. I am suprized all that red did not desaturate the grey sky. A perfect exposure. Very interesting


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