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Old Sep 27, 2010, 12:47 PM   #11
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Nice! I particularly like #2 & #3 - great color and composition. However, I think the last one is a bit "over cooked" for my tastes.
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Old Sep 27, 2010, 5:28 PM   #12
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Wonderful series. You had great light for these shots as opposed to the ones I took last month on a cloudy morning. Colors are spectacular.

Nice shooting!

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Old Sep 27, 2010, 6:04 PM   #13
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Thank you all again for your gracious praise.
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Old Sep 27, 2010, 9:18 PM   #14
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A lovely series! Balloons are such fun to photograph, and you have some excellent ones here. I'm not entirely crazy about the sky in your HDR - the balloons came out well so I'd probably take that one and one with the sky similar to what is in this picture and then mask out the sky in the HDR. That way you'd get rid of the halos around the balloons.
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Old Sep 27, 2010, 9:40 PM   #15
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excellent series, 1,2,3 are the best IMO; in that order
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Old Sep 27, 2010, 10:02 PM   #16
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Fantastic series. I envy you. We had a huge balloon festival here this weekend, but my wife and I had plans to go out of town for a football game and to visit family.

I really like the color contrasts, particularly in the last one.

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Old Sep 28, 2010, 7:38 AM   #17
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Thanks again. HDR is still controversial as a technique. I happen to love it for certain pictures, where it enhances the "feeling" of the scene. For what it is worth, here is number 1 with HDR. I love it, but it may not be to everyone's taste. FYI: Balloon festivals are a slam dunk for good pictures. If you can't get at least one good shot at a balloon festival, you probably need a new hobby.
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They sure are fun events! And you did a great job photographing this one.

As you said, HDR is not to everyone's taste - I prefer the non-HDR version...
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