Here’s a lesson to remind us to always look around when deciding where to find your next image.
The story in this case is as follows: I was enjoying a beautiful morning at the Helen Balloon Festival with the North Georgia Photography Club when one of our group struck up a conversation with some of the people running the tethered balloon ride. It turns out that they were major sponsors of the event and wanted some photos to use for publicity. We, of course, were happy to help and so, they offered to send a few members of our group up in the balloon to get the view from above.
I got a series of shots from the ground and some nice views of the surrounding area but then I turned around when the burner came on. I noticed what a great view it was to look up through the balloon from inside the basket. To make it even better, this balloon had a smiley at the center!
It was never my intention to take this shot but by paying attention and being open to the unexpected, I got something unusual and interesting. Gotta be one of the most important lessons I have learned about photography. It’s always good to do your research, plan, and show up at the right time but sometimes it’s the things you didn’t plan on that turn out to be the best images.
Always look around and work the scene. Life is what happens while we’re making plans. Don’t let your plans cause you to miss the opportunities that surround you!
44th Annual Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race & Festival
Helen, Georgia, USA
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
10mm @ f/9 – 1/1250 sec – ISO 400