"Let my prayer rise to you like incense, and my hands lifted up as in an evening sacrifice."
The first take home work I had for my photography class was to produce a photo that is Raw - meaning it is unedited. A pure product me and my new buddy - My Camera.
It was 2010 - the 15th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta was coming up. I decided that it will be my subject for the take home work.
It was all in all successful. I had nice shots. Sadly, that time, I only took photos behind the fence, away from where the real thing happens.
This 2011, I had the priviledge to go beyond the fence. Thanks to my good friend William Uy of JAC Motors.
I went on the first day of the event for the 2010 and 2011 Fiesta.
|Woke up around 3 in the morning to go to the Hangar. Above: Flag raising (or rather Flag falling) for the opening ceremony last 2010. Below: There was no Flag falling from the sky time (2011). The event started late by the way.|
|The hare is ready to go up in the perfect sky.|
|Hounds getting ready to take flight.|
|The balloons of the 15th Hot Air Balloon Fiesta.|
|The balloons of the 16th Hot Air Balloon Fiesta.|
|This balloon has caught my attention. I was able to take pictures of it from behind the fence the previous Fiesta.|
|This year, I think this was my favorite model. I took more photos of this modelesque balloon more than the others.|
|These balloons are just wating for the 15minute mark of the Hare. The Hounds may only take flight 15 minutes after the Hare has took off.|
|There goes the balloons but my model is still getting ready.|
|Finally, my model is up, up, and on its way. How I wish I was on that same balloon on this beautiful morning sky.|
|Last Fiesta, on my way back to my hotel to grab a quick nap, I chanced upon a balloon landing just a few meters outside the Hangar. This was a great oppurtunity to appreciate the chase crew of each balloons.|
|The amazing Paragliding afternoon exhibition for the 15th Hot Air Balloon Fiesta.|
|The 16th Fiesta, while the audience wait for the hounds to take off, the Paragliders showed off their skills and talent.|
Again, I'd like to give thanks to my classmate in photography, William Uy, and likewise to my grade school classmate Homer Llaguno for Nikon telephoto lens I borrowed last 2010 for the fiesta.
Target for the 15th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta:
Take RAW photos to be submited for the photography class. - DONE!
Target for the 16th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta:
Go beyond the fence. Be up close and personal with the balloons. - DONE!
Target for the 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta:
Ride the balloon!