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Old Feb 27, 2013, 9:39 PM   #1
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Default Fire or Heat -- Hot Air Balloon

We have both fire and heat here. The fire heats the air which lifts the balloon.



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Old Feb 28, 2013, 12:27 AM   #2
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It is a wonder that thing doesn't just burn right up
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Old Feb 28, 2013, 5:20 AM   #3
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I have no idea what these balloons are made to be able to withstand that flame


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Old Feb 28, 2013, 10:29 AM   #4
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This shot does seem to show the inner workings as a scene from Dante's Inferno.
Fortunately the flame is not supposed to touch the surface of the balloon otherwise all hell breaks loose.
I understand the lower portions of the balloon are coated in fire resistant material.

All technical stuff aside nice shot of the business end of this balloon.
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Old Feb 28, 2013, 10:35 AM   #5
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the power of fire nicely caught
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Cool shot, Cal.
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Old Feb 28, 2013, 4:34 PM   #7
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The only thing between me and disaster is a gossamer fabric exposed to the potential of great heat... scares the, umm, s__t outa me. Good capture!
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Old Feb 28, 2013, 7:01 PM   #8
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Thanks, all, for the nice comments. This was taken at a balloon festival held every year in Tigard, Oregon, just a few miles from my home. More specifically, this was taken at night during their "Nightglow" event where a group of balloons are tethered and kept inflated by periodically firing the burner. The glowing balloons are nothing short of spectacular at night.

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Some day I'll make it to the beginning of a balloon launching and try my hand at this type of shot. I always love everyone else's pictures and can only imagine what a wonderful scene it must be.
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Cal... do you have any pictures of the whole scene... sounds spectacular and I'd (we'd) love to see them!
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