The Pittsfield Balloon Rally is an annual event held every first weekend of August, and draws visitors from all over New England into the small town of Pittsfield, New Hampshire. Balloons launch on sunrise and sunset during the event weekend, but sunrise usually has better chances of launching because of calmer wind. And when the weather cooperates, the balloons would “dip” in the Suncook River, which is right next to Drake Field, where the balloons take off.

I was there way before sunrise, and a lot of early risers were already lining up the bridge overlooking the river. I wanted to take some photos in the field where the balloons were to take off to get some action shots, but I was deliberating on whether I should go or not and if I should stake out my space on the bridge. In the end, I decided to go to the field and I’m glad I did. The balloon chase vans just started arriving in the field when we got there. I got some action shots and as soon as the balloons started taking off, I headed to the bridge. There were more people on the bridge, than when I first pass by it, but there were still plenty of space for everybody there. The temperature was perfect for an early summer morning, the sky was clear, and the light was just amazing. Definitely, I had a color sensory overload!

For the camera nerds:

All photos taken with the Fuji X-Pro2 using the XF 16-55mm f/2.8 lens. Most of them were taken at f/8, auto shutter speed and auto ISO. The shots in the field were using the Classic Chrome camera preset, while the bridge shots were taken using the Velvia camera preset. All photos are out-of-camera JPEGs!

Aperture: ƒ/8   Camera: X-Pro2   Focal length: 28.3mm   ISO: 320   Shutter speed: 1/125s   

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