Bon Voyage! by Gene Walls

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This very vividly colored hot air balloon was captured just after lift-off, on its way to who-knows-where. The large crowd of people attending the Montoursville Hot Air Balloon Festive were offering the excited passengers a very hearty send-off!

The image was taken handheld with a Canon EOS DSLR camera, with a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM professional Ultra-Wide Angle lens, zoomed to 20mm. The ISO was set to 400 with an aperture of f/22 and shutter speed of 1/250 second.

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Hello, My name is Gene. I live in the Susquehanna river valley (West Branch), in the mountains of north central Pennsylvania. I strive to produce photographic images that are simply “true” to the subject, usually with minimal post processing. If something is beautiful or interesting enough to deserve a viewer’s attention, it justifies being captured just as it is …or as close to reality as possible.

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  • main1
    main1almost 6 years ago

    Gorgeous colors!! Nice shot :)

  • Thank you so much!


    – Gene Walls

  • bicyclegirl
    bicyclegirlalmost 5 years ago

    Oh I want to go for a ride on one sooooo much, this is such a great capture!

  • well, this would have been the most perfect day to take that ride! Stunning blue skies and a nice gentle breeze for a smooth flight.

    Thank you so much!

    Kindest wishes,


    – Gene Walls

  • debbiedoda
    debbiedodaalmost 5 years ago

    Now this really looks like fun.

  • Thanks, Debbie! Everyone had a great time here on this totally perfect Sunday. Saturday had been a complete washout, but this gorgeous afternoon more than made up for the disappointingly wet beginning of the weekend festival!

    All my best,


    – Gene Walls

  • RichardKlos
    RichardKlosalmost 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your Feature in the "Just Fun Group. ":

  • Yahoooo! Thank you very much for featuring this photo in “Just For Fun”! I really appreciate this very kind honor!

    Most gratefully,


    – Gene Walls

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