Soaring to Resplendent Gold
Sunrise over Vineyards, from Hot-Air Balloon
There's quite a bit of backstory to this photo. I was in Montana to see the total solar eclipse when Andy mentioned to me that he was going to Albuquerque in October to see the Hot Air Balloon Festival. Sammi and I had wanted to go so I immediately hopped on and booked flights to join them. Unfortunately, Delta had other plans for us. A dent in our plane delayed us just long enough to miss our connection and we spent the night and morning in Salt Lake City, missing Saturday's balloon launch. After some more delays we finally arrived to a windy New Mexico. The balloons launched every single morning of the festival, except for the one day we were there! 😡
I think Sammi's dad must have felt bad for us because he treated us to an amazing present for Christmas: a Hot Air Balloon ride in Napa Valley! It was months away but we booked a hotel so we could make a wine weekend of it and we'd been super excited. As the weekend approached, the weather couldn't have been more perfect: no wind, clear skies, and warm 80°F temperatures!
We woke up early (like 5am), met the balloon company, ate a light breakfast, and then hopped in our balloon. It was amazing how it just kinda floated off into the air before we knew it. Up and up and up we went. Balloons launched all around us. One even dipped into a river just to have a little fun with their passengers.
About 20 minutes into our hour long flight the sun started to peak over the hills, lighting up a small layer of fog that had begun to form. Another balloon moved into the scene just as the fog and light all hit together. Luckily I had brought my camera with me and I knew I just had to capture the brilliant light and scene I was seeing.
Nikon D850 w/24-70mm f/2.8:
70mm, f/10, 1/500 sec, ISO 500
2018Aaron Meyers PhotographyAprilBallonsCaliforniaD850Fly Napa ValleyHot AirHot Air BalloonNapaNapa ValleyNapa Valley BalloonsNikonNikon D850Sunriseairflyingfriendsfunhot lavasky
From Wine Country