Fire in the Sky

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Last month I went to a balloon festival in Tigard, OR to photograph the balloon glow with +Brian Matiash, +Brian Bonham and +Lars Gustafson. The weather was iffy and it looked like it could start raining at any time … the balloons just stay on the ground for the glow, but rain would definitely cancel the show. Luckily the weather skirted that fine-line between rain and sunshine and as we were walking through the gate we got the word that yes! … it would be happening. :)

The clouds were so amazing, and as you can see in my photo we still had sunshine, too. Those pink streaks in the sky are beams from the sun setting in the background. I love clouds … they add mood and color, give depth and drama to a photo and can oftentimes make-or-break your image.

Post-Processing: Basic editing in Lightroom 4 & Photoshop CS6. I added a subtle split-tone in LR to bring out the color in the clouds, and did some dodging/burning in Photoshop to emphasize the glow in the balloon.

By | 2016-12-18T17:01:05+00:00 July 10th, 2012|23 Comments

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My name is Nicole and I'm a photographer, author, & educator living in Portland, Oregon, USA. When I'm not making photos I'm writing books and tutorials for my online store, Learn more about me and my story here.

23 Comments

  1. Kristen Morris July 10, 2012 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    Beautiful! I used to live in tigard- I dont remember gorgeous sunsets like that happening very often.  Thank you for sharing:-)

  2. Kristen Morris July 10, 2012 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    Beautiful! I used to live in tigard- I dont remember gorgeous sunsets like that happening very often.  Thank you for sharing:-)

  3. Brian Bonham July 10, 2012 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    Great shot!  That was a fun evening.

  4. Brian Bonham July 10, 2012 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    Great shot!  That was a fun evening.

  5. Brian Matiash July 10, 2012 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    LOVE the subtle striation of color in the sky! Beautiful placement of the balloon, too.

  6. Brian Matiash July 10, 2012 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    LOVE the subtle striation of color in the sky! Beautiful placement of the balloon, too.

  7. Mishelle López July 10, 2012 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    how nice sky, so beautiful and so distant.

  8. Mishelle López July 10, 2012 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    how nice sky, so beautiful and so distant.

  9. Shelly Gunderson July 10, 2012 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    Beautiful image!  Love the glow of the balloon as compared to the dark clouds.

  10. Shelly Gunderson July 10, 2012 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    Beautiful image!  Love the glow of the balloon as compared to the dark clouds.

  11. Wesel Pradhan July 10, 2012 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    photoshopped……

  12. Wesel Pradhan July 10, 2012 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    photoshopped……

  13. Aaron Hockley July 10, 2012 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    +Wesel Pradhan What was your first clue?  Was it the part of Nicole's post where she said she processed it with Photoshop?  Sheesh.

  14. Aaron Hockley July 10, 2012 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    +Wesel Pradhan What was your first clue?  Was it the part of Nicole's post where she said she processed it with Photoshop?  Sheesh.

  15. Karina Esquen Matos July 10, 2012 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    muy buena vista !

  16. Karina Esquen Matos July 10, 2012 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    muy buena vista !

  17. Kristen Morris July 10, 2012 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    LMAO @ Aaron… true.. so true:-)

  18. Kristen Morris July 10, 2012 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    LMAO @ Aaron… true.. so true:-)

  19. Tisha Craw July 10, 2012 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    Nicely captured!

  20. Tisha Craw July 10, 2012 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    Nicely captured!

  21. Dan Pancamo July 10, 2012 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    Why f/16? DOF is infinite for subjects greater than 20ft at f/3.5. Just wondering..

  22. Steve Sullivan July 10, 2012 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    Love the colors.

  23. Steve Sullivan July 10, 2012 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    Love the colors.

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