Kentucky Derby Festival Balloon Glow 2014

Participants "light up" their balloons at the Kentucky Derby Festival Balloon Glow.  There were great crowds and a bunch of hot air balloons at theis years festival.  Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 16-35mm f/4 VRII.
Participants “light up” their balloons at the Kentucky Derby Festival Balloon Glow. There were great crowds and a bunch of hot air balloons at this years festival. Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 16-35mm f/4 VRII.

 

One of my favorite events every year is the Kentucky Derby Festival Balloon glow held at the Kentucky State Fairgrounds.  This year, 63,000 spectators enjoyed 31 hot air balloons lighting up the night.  The giant crowd always makes for some fun people watching.  These are a few of my favorite photographs from the evening.

 

The "Wicked" balloon is always a crowd favorite.  Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 16-35mm f/4 VRII.
The “Wicked” balloon is always a crowd favorite. Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 16-35mm f/4 VRII.

 

WLKY's Lauren Adams in a live on site report.  She was discussing all the goodies which could be purchased from vendors.   Nikon D800E with AFS Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 G.
WLKY’s Lauren Adams in a live on site report. She was discussing all the goodies which could be purchased from vendors. Nikon D800E with AFS Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 G.

 

The Junior Jockey Club mascot, Churchhilll Charlie. meets and greets the crowd.  Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII.
The Junior Jockey Club mascot, Churchill Charlie. meets and greets the crowd. Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII.

 

The Wicked balloon as seen by the Lens Baby Composer.  Nikon d4 with Lens Baby Composer 24mm.
The Wicked balloon as seen by the Lens Baby Composer. Nikon d4 with Lens Baby Composer 24mm.

 

A vendor selling "trinkets" at the Balloon Glow.  Nikon D800E with AFS Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 VRII.
A vendor selling “trinkets” at the Balloon Glow. Nikon D800E with AFS Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 G.

 

Balloons light up the night in the first all glow of the evening.  Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 16-35mm f/4 VRII.
Balloons light up the night in the first all glow of the evening. Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 16-35mm f/4 VRII.

 

A spectator shoots a picture as a balloon is filled.  Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 G.
A spectator shoots a picture as a balloon is filled. Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VRIIG.

 

A pilot maintains the hot air in his balloon.  Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 16-35mm f/4 VRII.
A pilot maintains the hot air in his balloon. Nikon D4 with AFS Nikkor 16-35mm f/4 VRII.

 

A final shot.  Nikon d4 with AFS Nikkor 16-35mm f/4 VRII.
A final shot. Nikon d4 with AFS Nikkor 16-35mm f/4 VRII.
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