After the close of the Lycoming County Hot Air Balloon Festival, I was on my way home …when I spotted three of the festival balloons landing on a hilltop deep in Pennsylvania farmland. I quickly pulled to the side of the road and grabbed my camera. Fortunately, my long 350mm lens was still mounted on the camera and it was ready to fire a few additional shots.

This image was captured in the back country of Lycoming County, about five miles west of Hughesville Pennsylvania, USA. It was shot handheld through my van window on September 18th, 2011. I shot it with a Canon 30D DSLR, through a Canon EF 35-350mm f/3.5-5.6L lens at the 150mm focal length. The shutter speed was 1/400th of a second at f/6.3, ISO 125.

This was after the end of the second day of the Lycoming Rotary Hot Air Balloon Festival, just as the sun was setting. I was stopped on Route 220, not far from the Lycoming Mall, at the intersection with I-180. These three balloons were the first to launch and were landing near the village of Pennsdale, after a nearly one hour flight.

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  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 3 years ago

    Lovely shot, Gene!

  • Thanks, Sheila! I took over 2000 shots at the festival, so watch out …there might be a few more hot air balloon photos to follow. Ha ha!

    I followed that mostly orange balloon from launch to landing. That was a first for me.

    Kindest wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

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