Cheer Up – Balloon Season Just About Here

Photos from the 2018 Festival of Ballooning in Readington. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

Get ready western New Jersey – hot air balloon season is just about here!

It starts off this Friday with the NJ Festival of Ballooning at Solberg airport in Hunterdon county. What I love about this festival is if there are southern winds, you can get a nice treat as they will blow northward along route 22. Find a nice spot on the roadway and watch them float by!

Knowing the winds and weather is very important for balloon watching/photographing. Too much and they do’t go up. They always error on the side of caution. Good news is there are typically daily launches in the early morning and in the evening.

Photos from the 2018 Festival of Ballooning in Readington. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

Another great balloon festival is balloon festival at the Warren County Farmers Fair. This starts this Sunday July 27th and goes through August 3rd. They typically have daily launches each evening. Whats great about this festival is you can get rather close to the balloons. Don’t feel like paying admission to the fair? No problem you can park free in their parking lot and still get a great view of the balloons.

Photos from the 2018 Festival of Ballooning in Readington. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

A photo tip I can pass along about photographing hot air balloons is try and have the sun at your back if possible. This will give you the best sky and light on the balloons. This is not always easy so just do what you can.

Photos of some balloons at the 2018 Farmers Fair on Monday evening. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

Sometimes the sly and the sun don’t cooperate. So in that case just frame the photo as best you can with impact so the viewer can still appreciate your great photo!

Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em

At the Warren County Farmer’s Fair last evening. I always enjoy the tractor pull. Don’t know why. I didn’t grow up on a farm or in farming. But I did grow up enjoying fire department drill racing which is somewhat similar.

I didn’t want to lug around my big DSLR at this event. So I brought my trusty S95. It was a little too dark for the above photo. I almost trashed it but I thought it captures the fierce motion that goes on at a tractor pull so I saved it.

To see a few more and a video of my friend’s run go here.