but why on earth was i getting up so early anyway?? this weekend was the red rock hot air balloon rally at red rock state park. i have to say, the mass ascension was definitely worth the pain of getting up. my only regret is that i wasn't able to make it to one of the glows because we had stuff going on both nights. i also never managed to climb all the way up the rocks (because i am a chicken shit and have a healthy fear of death) to meet some work friends, but in the end it worked out because i got some way better shots walking around on the ground. and the friend that said shooting into the sun was a bad idea... i have to disagree. it makes the balloons look like they are lit up!
and the 24-70L performed beautifully. this is a lens that i had constant access too back in the days of my ex and his truckloads of camera gear, and probably the lens i miss the most. it is a perfect range for so many different subjects and it takes beautiful pictures. it also costs a small fortune that i cannot yet afford; however, i have discovered the delightful concept of renting lenses. its very sad to have to part with it (i boxed it up this evening) but i enjoyed having it for 4 weeks at a fraction of the price.
i'm definitely glad i had it for the rally. and just to warn you, its going to be a picture heavy post because i just couldn't chose between them to narrow it down.
i never realized how giant the balloons were. it takes a team of people to get them all laid out and inflated. and the baskets are super tiny; they fit three people but it looks pretty cramped in there.
at first they sort of went up one at a time, and then all of a sudden there was just this rainbow of color all over the ground. there were some pretty neat ones too... like the ladybug on a sunflower (you can see it from the backside in the photo above) and a wicked witch, complete with hat and broom, and even humpty-dumpty, floating around on his head.
i've actually done quite a bit of picture taking in the last few days. there are some cute kids to share and a knitting project that is finally finished, but i will have to hold on to that one for a little while.