I’ve been to several balloon festivals over the last few years. The pilots and crew are incredibly friendly and accommodating to photographers, as long as you stay out of the way.
The envelopes (the balloon part) can be really colorful and fun. I especially like looking into the balloon while it’s partially inflated and still laying on the ground. There’s an abstract-ness I find captivating and the backlit colors from the early morning sun really pop to make a great image (in my opinion anyway).
I’ve got this image, and a few more, over on my web site. You can find them here…
Have you been to a festival?
(Canon 5DMII, EF16-35 @ 23mm, 1/350s, f13, ISO800)