Posts Tagged: balloon

Bye Lenny!

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That there is Lenny as he runs back to the support vehicles after we took off in a hot air balloon in Morocco last year.

Aperture ƒ/4.5
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 11mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/200s

Look Straight Down!

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Afraid of heights? Don’t go up in a hot air balloon!

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 21mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/80s

Crossroads

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Two roads diverge. Morocco 2013

Aperture ƒ/7.1
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 179mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/250s

Cow in the Berber Village

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A cow in a Berber village, Morocco 2013.

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 179mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/200s

Fire Powered Flying

Fire Powered Flying

Fires bursts into the hot air balloon we flew in yesterday near Marrakech, Morocco. The air in the balloon has to be 85C hotter than the surrounding air to provide enough lift to raise the weight of the basket and passengers so we were always warm!

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 21mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/640s

Hot Air Ballooning over Marrakech

Hot Air Ballooning over Marrakech

Yesterday brought the news that 19 tourists died in Egypt when their hot air balloon crashed. It almost made us rethink our activities today because we were planning to go up in a balloon here in Marrakech! The chance that our balloon would crash just because a balloon in Egypt crashed is minuscule. They’re unrelated events but I guess it was a reminder that the activity is not without risk. Many people did cancel their trips yesterday and our pilot thanked us for not doing the same.

It was a wonderful experience, spoiled slightly by the low hanging clouds but floating through the clouds was surreal for a few moments. Then the wind blew us towards Berber villages as we descended. People watched and children ran as we eventually came to ground. The wind had been carrying us towards the mountains and we’d pass above powerlines that snaked across the valley so the pilot took us down about 200 metres from those cables.

Definitely worth trying out!

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 21mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/1000s

The Flying Dolphin

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A dolphin balloon flies into the air over Fitzgerald’s Park last summer.

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 200mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/2000s

What The Duck flew away!

OMG! During a test flight of the What the Duck balloon for a parade it broke it’s tether and the wind blew it away! Yikes!

Hehe. Yes, yes. it’s fake. Good video though! Via TOP.

Unhappy Child

A small girl walks mournfully into the shopping center on Paul Street clutching her “BT Kids” balloon, probably handed to her by this lady.