Kentucky Derby Festival Balloon Glow 2012

Some of the balloons lit up during the Kentucky Derby Festival Balloon Glow 2012. The balloon glow was part of the festivities that lead up to the 2012 Kentucky Derby. The event is held at the Kentucky Expo Center and Fairgrounds and drew huge crowds. Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 16-35mm f/4 VRII. 1/50 sec, f/4, ISO 8000

 

Balloon teams work to fill their balloon before the beginning of the Balloon Glow. Nikon D4 with 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII. 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 4000.

 

One of the balloons being inflated at the 2012 Balloon Glow. Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 VRII. 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2500.

 

Balloons light up in unison. Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 g. 1/50 sec, f/3.5, ISO 720.

 

A detail shot of one of the many balloons. While all balloons lit in unison only a few times, each balloon had to use their burner regularly to maintain it's fullness. Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8. 1/50 sec, f/2.5, ISO 900.

 

Reporters Renee Murphy and Claudia Coffey from Louisville Channel 11 News broadcast live from the Balloon Glow. The crowd was so close to them, I'm not sure how they were able to actually do their job. Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII. 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2800.

 

One of the balloons being buffeted by the wind. Winds picked up and balloon pilots had to deflate their balloons earlier than planned. Of special note in this picture....this picture was shot at ISO 25,600. The D4 is truly an amazing machine!!! Click on this image to enlarge.Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 16-35mm f/4 VRII. 1/80 sec, f/4, ISO 25600.
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