Hot Air Balloon Photography Tips

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by Vol, Jul 26, 2013.

  1. Vol

    Vol Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 19, 2013

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    Balloon launches usually begin at sunrise so get there at dawn.
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    Take whatever gear you think you might need to cover all situations
    but if you are flying the 43 Zuiko F2.8 12-60mm does it all.
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    Those baskets are tiny and if you are sharing with 2 or 3 others
    then space is at a premium and clarge camera bags are a no no.
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    Wear a beanie ... it gets cold up there!
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    Up and away, the views are stupendous!
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    It always pays to shoot RAW + Fine .jpeg
  2. 350duser

    350duser Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 26, 2012
    Brisbane, QLD
  3. robbie36

    robbie36 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2010
    rob collins
    I have one hot air balloon shooting tip - it isnt much. If you do up in a balloon set your shutter speed to 1/400th of a second or faster (and that is with an OMD).

    I went up on a balloon about 6 months ago and set my shutter speed to 1/200th of a second and about 1/3rd of my photos were not sharp. I think you will find that you are moving around far more than you think.
  4. tjdean01

    tjdean01 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 20, 2013
    My shots were no where near as good. Plus I was using the 14-42 kit lens. I managed a little HDR fun, however!

  5. entropicremnants

    entropicremnants Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 16, 2012
    John Griggs
    Very nice! I could have used a few tips when I did my video documentary on the big "Patriot" balloon -- I had no idea what I was doing, lol.
  6. Vol

    Vol Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 19, 2013
    Hi Robbie - 1/400 at least, that is very true and thanks for adding that tip. Indeed, for aerial/aircraft photography I make a point of shooting shutter priority 1/500 - 1/1200, depending upon the speed of the subject and the stability of the shooting platform.

    The 14-42 and the 40-150mm kits are both very good lenses, as indeed is all Zuiko glass.
    That is a stunning HDR too, btw! :thumbup:
    I do my best work when I don't know what I'm doing! :biggrin:
  7. entropicremnants

    entropicremnants Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 16, 2012
    John Griggs
    Ha ha! Well, that sometimes brings out the best in us, lol.

    I don't know if you saw my mini documentary -- I posted it here but I'm not sure who saw it. Here it is if you're at all interested -- it's about 11 minutes total. Patriot is the worlds tallest flying balloon and I totally lucked into the opportunity to hang with them and film them. All the video with a GH1 (hacked) and stills by both the GH1 and a GX1.

    [ame=]Flying Patriot V3 -- The final, final, FINAL (I hope) Version - YouTube[/ame]
  8. Vol

    Vol Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 19, 2013
    Wow ... that sure is one helluva hot air balloon, John and what a spectacular launch .
    I think you did a great job of the video!
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