5th International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2013

This is the second year I attended this event and this time, it’s different I got to witness the “nightglow”. I had the opportunity to witness this particular highlight of the festival which I missed last year due to work related conflicts.
Me, together with my wife went out in the afternoon, knowing we will be up late in the evening for the Nightglow happens in the evening. What I have in mind is the Nightglow performance and the fireworks as the culmination of it.

The place (Putrajaya, Malaysia) is quiet a huge place which is very difficult to move from one location to another for the vast distance you have to cover before reaching the desired location.

5th International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2013

Shooting with Hot Air Balloons tests your patience. Since the balloons move in a very slow manner, you have to wait for that perfect moment where the subjects and the background work with each other. I love to shoot landscape scenes where depth is really emphasized and that’s what I like about this photo.

5th International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2013

A little bit of timing and luck combined with basic knowledge in photoshop brought me to this scene. Long exposure shots are one of the favorite photography techniques that I love doing. It gives you more creativity specially with streaking lights and fireworks. This spot seems to be the most perfect spot for the event but I was stalking on this very spot for at least 2 hours just to make sure I get to at least be the first to position and do some tests before the fireworks go off. It was scheduled at 9:00PM. I was on this spot since 7:00PM and the fireworks went off around almost 10:00 if i remembered it right. Imagine the wait time.

5th International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2013

While my tripod and camera are setup facing the Putrajaya bridge ready for the fireworks, this is what’s happening at my right side. So my original plan to take photos of the Nightglow event itself didn’t happen technically because If I face right or focus on getting photos of the balloons, I was afraid I may miss the fireworks and that I was squeezing with other photographers too at my spot. So I kinda sacrificed the nightglow just to make sure I get the fireworks. So, after the fireworks, I hurriedly ran to the right side where Nightglow happened and snapped this shot of the balloons which in this case, 3 were left. There were like dozens of them when they were inflated for the nightglow.

Luckily, I had with me my iPad mini and my wife. While my tripod was ready for the fireworks, I ran to the side with my iPad and captured a bit of the Nightglow. It was synchronization of the fire in the balloons and the music playing along with them.. Watch this video compilation of my shots and the video footage of the Nightglow itself.

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