Daydreaming about hot air balloons

Hot Air Balloons

Hot Air Balloon Adventure

Three Hot Air Balloons

Hot Air Balloon Closeup

It's been down pouring for the last three days here in New England but I'm looking ahead to one of my favorite local events, the Quechee Hot Air Balloon and Craft Festival held each year in nearby Quechee Vermont near Woodstock at the end of June. (Please weather nice to us again this year!)

Festival goers are allowed to mingle on the field with the balloonists and there are tons of photographers running around angling for shots of these huge colorful, beautiful balloons.

There is this magical moment that occurs when the conditions are right and the balloons are given the go ahead to take off. Over the next 20 minutes or so, balloons one by one start up their propane tanks and start firing five foot long orange flames into the mouths of the deflated balloons. Then they start to silently take off gently from the field and cross over head. Its like you've been transported into that scene at the end of the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy, jumps out of the balloon to get Toto and the Wizard takes off without her.

Last year the festival occurred shortly after I started with Dreamstime and shots from the event were some of the very first images I added to my DT portfolio.

I had high hopes for those images but sadly the laws of supply and demand ruled. Its just too easy to take great shots of hot air balloons and there is not enough demand. I guess my shots were just lost in the crowd. I've only sold two of these balloon images to date. Oh well, its one of those times when its simply a joy to be at such a fun event taking photos.

Peaceful Hot Air Balloon over river in Vermont

Smiling Hot Air Balloon Character

This is one of my favorites. The large balloon is thinking about snacking on the "little" balloon.

Hot Air Balloons

Photo credits: EMFielding.
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Edward Fielding is a photographer based in the Upper Valley area of New Hampshire and Vermont.

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June 20, 2012

New advice on attending a hot air balloon fest. If it is over several days - plan to go more than once! At the last minute we decided to go on Friday night. They flew. Then on Sat and Sun nights they were grounded due to wind.


June 14, 2012

haha I know what you mean... love to photograph flowers.. hard to get them accepted or sold! still great to have fun. going to shoot hot air balloons in michigan in few weeks here... yours gave me some good ideas and the thought that its fun to capture that moment no mater what. thanks!


June 07, 2012

Great images!


June 06, 2012

Great images... great work!!!


June 06, 2012

Nice picture ... congratulations !


June 05, 2012

Nice photos!


June 05, 2012

Beautiful colors, very good images!!!


June 04, 2012

Nice shoots...


June 04, 2012

Fantastic photos!!!


June 04, 2012

Your images and your portfolio are amazing.