I'm going to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta in early October. I've shot small hot air balloon events before but nothing this size. I'm bringing a variety of lenses from wide angle to telephoto. I'm looking for any helpful hints from someone who has shot the fiesta before ie. good locations, things to make sure I capture, a place where the baskets touch the water, etc.
I'm also going to Taos for a couple of days sso feel free to offer suggestions for this location as well.
Show up to the field really early like o-dark thirty early. You will want to get the first liftoff glow and then the mass-liftoff later in the morning. Move around the field a lot. I liked the hill view near the airport buildings.
You may want to take a look at the ANPAT 12 galleries, they contain many images from the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque. Clicking on the EXIF info link under each photo will render the details. I mostly used the 12-24 and 28-70
Mon 23-Sep-13 01:27 AM | edited Mon 23-Sep-13 01:31 AM by wwp512
Take the shuttle, it bypasses the traffic and gets you to the gates closer. Also gives you an extra 20min. to snooze or prep your equipment.
Go early, and go late! for the afternoon "special shape rodeo" followed by balloon glow and fireworks.
Go everyday if you can. For the last 3 years there were many cancellations due to weather so you will get up super early for nothing.
Water splash-down is shot across the river, but have you seen our "Rio Grande"? its often "real-muddy". Still, worth spending a day off the field (you don't have to get up as early) for tree-line, mountain, water shots.
Going to the Bosque? I am not sure about the timing, most of the sandhill cranes comes in around Thanksgiving..Taos or Santa Fe Aspen Vista is where most go after the morning balloons ( you will be done shooting by 0800 if you are on the field)
I will be going there also as part of the Nikonians workshop with Winston Hall. From what Winston has told us and from speaking with others who have gone on the workshops, these are all good suggestions. If you have the time, you may want to check out the Tent Rocks and Petroglyphs also.
Thanks. As it turns out, I may be passing up the Bosque this time around. I do want to see the splash-down. I plan on setting one of my cameras on a tripod and using the interval timer to record the splash-down of several balloons.
Thought about renting a fisheye but went with the 14-24 2.8 lens instead.
What time did you get to the site in the morning. I'm planning on getting there at 4:00 am. As for the evening I was thinking since most of the events start around 5:30, getting there around 3:00 should work.