Inflating My Mood With Hot Air

Chagrin Falls Blossom Time Balloon Festival

Back in June I posted about a busy week and featured a few quick photos that I had taken that week.  One of the photos was taken at the Chagrin Falls Blossom Time Balloon Festival.  Today I’m finally getting back to editing some of those photos!

This balloon really caught my attention with it’s amusing graphic of the crescent moon!  I spent quite a bit of time shooting this balloon from many different angles and managed to look up into the balloon as it was being inflated with hot air.

Inflation with hot air

Finally the balloon was fully inflated and this shot is just a nice abstract view of the interior of the balloon.

Abstract after inflation

This event occurs every year and I think I will try to attend more often!  The colors and designs are beautiful and it is a photographer friendly event.  Here is the original photo that I posted back in June once again.  As our season turns to one of mainly monochrome shades of black, white and gray, these colors do much to “inflate” my mood!




About Kolman Rosenberg

My interest in photography began as a college newspaper and yearbook photographer during the stormy 1960s and 1970s. I was influenced by many of the great photojournalists and documentary photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke-White and other black and white photographers of Life Magazine and the earlier Farm Security Administration. Though many of these photographers documented the horrors of war and the plight of poverty, they also showed me the dignity and adaptability of human beings in their desire to prevail.
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5 Responses to Inflating My Mood With Hot Air

  1. How absolutely cool — watching the inside of the balloon as it fills with hot air! How would you describe the feeling — exhilaration? Thanks for sharing the experience!


  2. Patricia, Wellington Ohio says:

    Thank you the (Awe!!) inspiring photographs.
    What a great event for a photographer.


  3. Thanks Lenore and Patricia! It’s an event worth going to and there are others like it in the area every summer as well!


  4. donfoto says:

    Great shots Kolman! I really like how you worked with the colors and shapes.
    I shot one of these events several years ago. Too much fun.


    • Thanks Don! Lucky this day, the weather didn’t let them fly but they did inflate the balloons just for the crowd! Love the color and graphic nature of the event, I’ll be back!

      Nice “Old School” portrait on your blog today!


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