Silver Spurs Rodeo

Beautiful Inflation

Continuing the hot air balloon theme from the prior post, this photo is another one captured very early on the morning of June 1st at the Kissimmee Blue Skies and Silver Spurs Rodeo Festival. The balloons were being inflated as the rising sun cast warm, golden rays against the overcast grey sky. The two onlookers, standing in the shadow of the balloon, became simple silhouettes.

"Balloon Blaze" [Click on image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D300, ISO 500, f/9.5 at 1/500 sec., 34 mm

“Beautiful Inflation” [Click on image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D300, ISO 500, f/9.5 at 1/500 sec., 34 mm

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Fabric and Fire

“For over 200 years we’ve been providing a service at the expense of those providing the service.”
— Alan Brunacini, Phoenix FD

“I Shutter at the Thought!” honors the 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who lost their lives over the weekend battling the terrible wildfires burning outside Yarnell, Arizona.

Last month, the good folks at Experience Kissimmee invited me out on a media pass to attend the annual Kissimmee Blue Skies and Silver Spurs Rodeo Festival, which took place May 31 — June 2nd. Although strong winds kept the balloons from launching — and thus spoiled my opportunity to fulfill a bucket list item, it was great fun to see them being inflated and have the chance to get up close to a lot of spectacular balloons and speak with crew members, camera in hand.

This square-cropped and substantially post-processed image below has become one of my favorites from that weekend. I like its rich and vibrant colors and the way the flames are almost swallowed up and overpowered by that vibrancy. I find myself studying its shadows, shapes, lines and patterns.

"Balloon Blaze" [Click on image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D300, ISO 500, f/22 at 1/90 sec., 22 mm

“Fabric and Fire” [Click on image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D300, ISO 500, f/22 at 1/90 sec., 22 mm

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