31st Annual NJ Festival of Ballooning

Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by jloden, Jul 28, 2013.

  1. jloden

    jloden FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    This weekend was the 31st annual NJ Festival of Ballooning (I believe it's the second largest hot air balloon festival in the country). My wife and I try to go just about every year, and usually invite some friends of family. Yesterday we stopped in at the festival and I brought along the Fujis for some photos.

    Unfortunately due to some high winds the balloons did not ascend in the evening :( I did get a few shots of some of the balloons inflated on the ground at least.


    Parking area, looking bucolic and serene if you ignored the sea of cars behind me :cool:

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  2. Gary

    Gary FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    I hope you had fun. I'm waiting for those shots from the air, don't care about any ol' silly wind. ... What is the festival of Ballooning? Is it a race, a fundraiser. all of the above ... ??? I did a quick Google and it seems everybody proclaims themselves to be the largest hot air balloon festival. Why are funnel cakes commonplace at every outdoor fair/festival but you never see them anywhere else?

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  3. jloden

    jloden FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    Thanks Gary. My wife and I did go up in one few years ago, unfortunately before I was into photography. She wants to go again and I can assure you there will be photos from the air this time ;)

    The Festival of Ballooning is held at a local airport, and it's basically just a festival & excuse to watch the balloons, eat funnel cakes and so forth so far as I know. They usually get a big name headliner band or two, a bunch of vendors and sponsors, and a large collection of balloons from all over the country. The balloons go up twice a day at morning and evening & there are tons of carnival games, shops, and other entertainment to in between.

    EDIT: Oh, and it's not a race or anything, they just go up and fly for a bit then land wherever they can find a suitable spot. Fun to see them all over town!
     
  4. chrisnmn

    chrisnmn FujiXspot Rookie

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    I know about the balloon race and all that Jay, but i just simply loved this image!. awesome postcard!.

    And like Gary said, im also waiting for those images from the air!.

    Great set as usual Jay!. love the colors you pull from that fuji.
     
  5. jloden

    jloden FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    Thanks Chris. When I saw the framing of the "Fun Slide" over the top of the tents I had to try for a shot :thumbup:
     
  6. pniev

    pniev FujiXspot Veteran

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    wow. quite some festivals lately! Very nice
     
  7. taz98spin

    taz98spin FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    My friend invited me to attend this Festival too!

    Viewing your photos make me regret not going..
     
  8. jloden

    jloden FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    Always next year! :)
     
  9. keefeloke

    keefeloke FujiXspot Rookie

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    Wonderful colors. Are they straight out of camera?
     
  10. jloden

    jloden FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    Thanks. And no, definitely not OOC files. These are all from RAW files processed through LightRoom including tone curve, color, and various other adjustments.