Balloon Burn at Liftoff: 2011 in Five

I’m sharing five memorable images from 2011 this week. Here’s the second of the series.

Hot Air Balloon Liftoff Photo

I love doing event photography in Portland, Seattle, and other areas. In June I attended an event in Santa Rosa California; I was able to create images documenting a morning at the Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic. In this image we see a balloon crew just after liftoff; brilliant flames are warming the air as the craft begins to soar into the sky. I was quite pleased with the flames, the sunlight angle, and the look on the crew member’s face as he gazes back towards the ground.

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