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Originally conceived as a competition with the balloonists performing challenges and being rated on their success, the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta began in 1972, with 13 intrepid balloonists. Today the emphasis is on fun and good times. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the largest hot air balloon rally in the world with as many as 700 balloons participating in the 10-day festival.
The balloons take off from Balloon Fiesta Park -- a 78-acre launch site where spectators and participants mix and chat. In addition to the wildly popular mass ascensions, the fiesta offers eerily beautiful balloon glow evening events. As the light fades, these colorful and fragile colossi fill, lit from within by the blasts of flame. The balloons are tethered in place, and people walk through the glowing fantasy forest, some pulling out chairs and simply enjoying the spectacle.
This year Nikonians Academy will be in Albuquerque for both the Balloon Fiesta and a combination Nikon camera workshop and field photography activity during the fiesta. This workshop combination will give photographers the chance to learn more about their Nikon camera, photograph in the wonderful light of the southwest and spend a day shooting the colorful balloons. What a great combination!
October 8, 2013
8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Nikonians Balloon Fiesta workshop begins at the hotel meeting room with an overview of the workshop agenda and the Balloon Fiesta activities. Included are:
During the afternoon we'll head out for the Balloon Fiesta to take photographs of the balloon inflation and launch.
October 9, 2013
Today is an early morning shoot of the Flight of the Nations and Mass Ascension Flying Competition followed by an afternoon session at the Hampden Inn Meeting room to back up and download your images before taking off to photograph a New Mexico Balloon Fiesta sunset.
October 10, 2013
Today is huge day for photographers. We'll begin by photographing the Special Shape Balloons and Flying Competition then we'll return to the hotel for a break before heading back to the Fiesta for the Special Shapes Glowdeo and fireworks show.
October 11, 2013
For our final day we'll photograph the dawn patrol launch in the early morning desert light. We'll return to the hotel to process your images from the morning shoot. The workshop will conclude with the slide show of everyone's favorite photographs.
Note: In order to participate in this workshop you will be required to sign a liability release form before the workshop begins.
The workshop pricing includes the training and resources, but does not include food and lodging. You will need to book a room at our hotel (see venue list). We will be carpooling to and from our photo locations.
This workshop is limited to 10 participants.
Content 45% - Learn
Motivation 10% - Inspire
Involvement 45% - Share
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