Peter Shi  

Hot Air Balloons by Peter Shi
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September 2020 - Hot Air Balloons

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Last September I attended a member’s activity of “Great Prosser Balloon Rally” in Washington State held by PSA Northwest Chapter. This is an annually event, and around 6 o’clock in the morning people gathering in the grassy field. The balloon pilots lay their “envelopes” (special term for Hot Air Balloons) flat on tarps around the launch area while they unloaded baskets and “burners,” the engine that would propel hot air up into the balloon to enable liftoff. Due to the chilly temperature and wind balloons were not allowed to takeoff unfortunately, however I’ve captured most of the exciting moments.
Video was taken by my mobile phone and Canon 5D Mark IV without tripod and gimbal used. Editing with Pr and Ae.

2 comments posted

Rajani Ramanathan   Rajani Ramanathan
Fun video Peter. Are the sections in between hyper lapses with you camera set up on a tripod or with your phone?   Posted: 09/14/2020 12:24:11

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
Oh my, there is much to like in this video. Title was effective. But the uptempo fast forward really gave a great feel of the action of getting this event set up. The shot of the father kneeling and holding his son added a powerful feel of emotion, fun and let me feel connected. (A great personal touch) The shot of the shot of the flame filling the envelop was really well done. As with the father and son the mother with the little girl worked better.

The overall shot at 1:54 really showed off the event quite well.

At 2:06 your low angle shot looking up atthe balloon is excellent. At 2:13 the shot of the balloon from below, then you cut to a photographer taking a similar shot and then having the sequence end with the close up of the little boy's face is all well done.

Your ending shot is a perfect closer.

What I really enjoyed about the video was the multiple angles and intimate moments you created to make the viewer feel like they were at the event. These angles broke up the documentary feel and added excitement. The effort you put in capturing these shots was well rewarded with an excellent video.

I also the music fit the theme.

This video was a great deal of fun to watch.   Posted: 09/23/2020 19:40:26


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