The Helen Balloon Race 2017

The Helen Balloon Race 2017.
 
Yesterday I woke up really early to make the hour and 10 minute drive to Helen, Georgia for the Race to the Coast balloon race. I met a few friends over there from my local camera club, the Big Canoe Photography Club. I was kind of worried when I was one of 5 cars and there were no balloons. But within about 30 minutes a few vehicles carrying balloons and about 50 more cars showed up. I began to wonder what happens, this was my first balloon race event, when others talked about all the times they have been and the balloons never launched due to too much wind, not enough wind and other reasons. I saw a few of the pilots talking with some officials and they launched a little balloon. It went into the sky and drifted slowly to the southeast. Randy Lewis, from my club, returned saying they were launching and racing this morning. Things happened fast, balloons were laid out, fans expanded the balloons and the pilots cranked up the flames that filled the balloons with hot air. Once the balloons were upright, they would launch. Thanks to Randy we were able to go to a local business on a hilltop and photograph the balloons as they lifted high into the sky on their way to the coast. I’m one for one, maybe I should retire, well until next year anyway.
 
The information on the images:
The first image Tamron SP 10-24mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, 1/125th of a second.
The second image Tamron 28-300mm Di VC PZD lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/60th of a second.
The third image Tamron SP 10-24mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 125, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second.
All images are handheld using the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC.
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