These photos are from an evening Hot Air Balloon
Glow at a Festival in England during summer 2006.
The set-up took place during the last daylight of
the day then the "Balloon Glow" event
itself extended into the hours of darkness - hence
the sky looks blue or dark/blue on some of the photographs,
whereas it is a solid black in other pictures.
There were also some changes in the line-up, which
you may be able to spot in the photos below.
One of the challenges of photographing hot air
balloons in general - but especially in the hours
of darkness, is conveying their scale.
We've included a photo of a single "glowing"
hot air balloon at the top of this page This is
a typical/average size of the balloons present in
the line-up shown on the right. If you look down
to the bottom-left of the single balloon you'll
see the top-half of a large touring caravan. This
should give you some idea of the overall height
and physical scale of this display.
It's also worth mentioning that the illumination
from the burners is coloured (yellow/orange
rather than white light), see the photo at the bottom.
As a result of this the colours of the balloons
when illuminated at a Balloon Glow are not
the same colours as you would obseve when viewing
the same balloon flying in daylight - even
when it's burner is in use. [Back to Balloon