On this crystal clear September afternoon, the crowd waited patiently for the wind to drop to an acceptable speed and favorable direction for the balloons to receive official clearance to lift off. This was the first balloon to take to the sky, only minutes after flight clearance was announced.

This was the second and final day of the Lycoming Rotary Hot Air Balloon Festival in 2011. It was the most beautiful Sunday you could possibly imagine for this year’s festivities.

This image was captured at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds in Hughesville Pennsylvania, USA. It was shot on September 18th, 2011, with a Canon 30D DSLR, through a Canon EF 35-350mm f/3.5-5.6L lens at the 35mm focal length. The shutter speed was 1/640th second at f/6.3, ISO 100. The camera and lens were mounted on a Manfrotto tripod, with a Manfrotto 222 Pistol Grip head.

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© 2011 Gene Walls

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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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Comments

  • Soegboob
    Soegboobabout 3 years ago

  • Thank you very much, Walt!

    Best regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Tracy66
    Tracy66about 3 years ago
  • This is wonderful news, Tracy! Thank you so much for Featuring my photo in “Just Fun”! This extremely honor is greatly appreciated!

    Most gratefully,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • RickDavis
    RickDavisabout 3 years ago

    Picture Perfect color detail and clarity,,,,, Rick

  • Thanks a bunch, Rick!

    Kindest regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • John Schneider
    John Schneiderabout 3 years ago

    Nice!

  • Much appreciated, John! Thank you very much!

    Kindest wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtabout 3 years ago

    Awesome capture and ohh so fun!

  • Thanks a bunch, Cee! It was a fantastic festival! Especially after all of the terrible weather and flooding we have had here. The skies were crystal clear for both days of the event.

    Kindest regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Aaron Campbell
    Aaron Campbellabout 3 years ago

    Gorgeous blue sky and tapestry of color, Gene.

  • Thank you very much, Aaron! The sky was so perfectly clear, it almost looked “unnatural”. It was a fantastic day for flying balloons (and shooting them).

    Best regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Elaine123
    Elaine123about 3 years ago

  • Thank you very, very much for this deeply appreciated honor, Elaine! I’m absolutely thrilled to see this photo Featured in “Bubbling Artists”!

    Most gratefully,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Chelei
    Cheleiabout 3 years ago

    Excellent work! Congratulations on your feature in the Just Fun Group!

    Don’t forget to enter this into the Best of the Features Challenge for the month of September in the Just Fun Group!

  • Thank you most kindly, Cheryl! I’ll go to the challenge page right away!

    Best regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsabout 3 years ago

    CONGRATS on your Feature in BUBBLING ARTISTS!! honored to be among you. AWESOME Image!! :))))

  • Thank you very much, Debbie! (…sorry about the late reply)

    Kindest regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsabout 3 years ago

  • WOW! This is wonderful news, Pamela! I’m totally thrilled to see my photo Featured on “The Beautiful East Coast”! Thank you very, very kindly for this great honor!

    Most gratefully,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

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