Monroe Balloon Rally

I've wanted to do this every year and have yet to make it. Anyone up for heading to Monroe on Saturday afternoon? Go hear some blues, watch the balloon launch and top it off with the balloon glow. Sounds like tons of photo ops to me!

Check out more at: http://monroeballoonrally.com/

I'll (Laura) drive if anyone wants to car-pool!

We'll meet at the Verona Park & Ride:

http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/parkride/lots/dan1302.htm

Look for a Meetup sigh in Bill's windshield. Meet there at 2:30, leave the P&R at 2:37. We should arrive in Monroe at about 3:45. For those not joining the carpool we can meet at the stock pavilion, it's the only brick building on the fairgrounds. We'll meet at the stock pavilion at 4:00.

Be aware that free parking will be difficult to find near the fairgrounds. Please bring cash to help defray the cost of parking and carpooling for your driver.

 

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  • Scott

    June 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will definitely be joining your group for future events. I had an amazing time despite not seeing a single balloon. It was fun watching bubbles and frisbees with you guys :) I got a picture of a barn on my way home ... with my 135mm lens!

    1 · June 16, 2013

  • Walter A.

    Even though no balloons appeared it was still fun to go and meet friends and make new. I even caught a rainbow coming home.

    1 · June 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bill, what's the word on the glow tonight? Is it going to happen?

    June 15, 2013

    • Bill

      Decision will be made after 5:30 for launch. Glow should be a go regardless.

      June 15, 2013

    • Bill

      The glow was canceled also.

      June 15, 2013

  • Bill

    No balloons to rally around. :( Storms chased them away.

    June 15, 2013

  • Donna

    I don't have a tripod yet. Well, I have a table top, velcro strap tripod I can't locate. Hopefully it is in my car. I may just watch and learn from you guys. My camera is fairly new, I still have a lot to learn!

    June 13, 2013

    • Bill

      Donna, last year I didn't bring my tripod. I set my camera on my camera bag to capture the time lapse photos.

      1 · June 13, 2013

    • Donna

      My daughter just informed me that she and her BF are coming to visit tomorrow evening. I am so happy, I haven't seen her for awhile. Due to this new development I will not be able to attend the event.

      June 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any updates from the location? How's the weather there?

    June 14, 2013

  • Beth

    oops sorry....i'm not going, just wishing everyone luck with the weather :)

    June 14, 2013

  • Beth

    i hope this years showing is spectacular. the weather is a bit iffy and we've been there when they don't get off the ground which is so disappointing.

    June 14, 2013

    • Laura K

      Hey Beth - glad to see you're going. I ended up with the K-5 (yay!) - will be my second time out with it - have been very happy with the results so far!

      June 14, 2013

  • Kris H.

    Hope the winds stay low for liftoff!

    June 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I won't be able to get there until around 5pm or so.

    June 14, 2013

  • Alfredo

    Part 2 of two, Continue...
    There are other variable that you have to consider when setting your camera at night like shutter speed, mirror lock-up, the metering mode, etc. Because of the sudden changes of bright light to pitch black it is better to set the camera to manual mode and try these settings as a starting point: Manual mode, ISO 1600, aperture 6.3 (extend the lens to its max focal length 270mm), the best shutter speed for the available light you have to find out, what works in your camera-lens combination, a good starting point would be 1/80 (if the pictures are too dark then decrease the number 80 until you get a better picture. a tripod and shutter cable release is a must have. Again, try this setting some other time to see what works for you. Have fun, Alfredo

    June 13, 2013

  • Alfredo

    Part 1 of two. Gayle, The biggest problem I see is with your lens; if you extend your lens to its fullest focal length of 270mm then the biggest aperture you have is 6.3 not a good lens to take out at night - you need a very bright day to get sharp detail at this aperture. The good news is that your camera has a good noise reduction feature - Find it and set it to either normal or high. then set the ISO TO 1600. I would set the aperture to all you have 6.3 in Aperture priority mode. Of course, you want to get good pictures of this event so it would not be a good time to be practicing. You should try this setting some other time when it doesn't matter. My advice would be to set the camera in auto and let it figure it out.

    June 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will try to go there on Friday, weather permitting.

    June 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry. 18-270 lens

    June 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      As with all universal zooms, try to keep it a stop or so above its widest aperture. If its widest is, say, 3.5, I would set at least 4.5-5.6. Universal zooms are very prone to lose sharpness when wide open more than other lenses, although I am not familiar with your specific lens.

      June 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    can someone advise me on how to do the low light balloon photos that I see from last year?

    June 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Tripod is a must. Remote is good but can be replaced by 10sec delay function in a pinch. With DSLR mirror lockup helps. Keep iso low if possible.

      June 12, 2013

    • Bill

      Hey Gayle, I'll be there. Just bring your tripod and gear, I'll advise you as we shoot.

      June 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a Nikon d7000 with a tamron[masked] lens. I have a travel tripod and a remote with me. I also have a 60 macro. Thank all of you for your help. I look forward to any suggestions for better low light photos on Saturday. Gayle

    June 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my first meetup with your group. I am excited to meet everyone and take great pictures of hot air balloons. How will I recognize people in the group?

    1 · June 9, 2013

    • Donna

      Laura I sent you an email with my phone number. Your message with your# showed on an email for the group. I put your# in my phone in case I can't find you guys. Or call me when you are situated at the Stock pavilion.

      June 11, 2013

    • Donna

      My first time with the group. Look forward to meeting everyone and taking cool pictures. :-)

      2 · June 11, 2013

  • Donna

    I have 2 things going on earlier in the day. Since the time has been changed to a later. I should be able to make it to the pavilion at 4:00. Excited, sounds like fun! :-)

    June 10, 2013

  • Randy S.

    I'm coming with a few photographers from the Milwaukee area.

    June 9, 2013

  • Walter A.

    Sounds like fun. Last year when I went it was rather windy and they didnt launch so I will enjoy trying again.

    June 7, 2013

  • Bill

    June 6, 2013

  • Scott

    I can't make it on Sat. Is anyone up for Friday night?

    June 6, 2013

  • Bill

    Here's a time lapse I did at last year's rally:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pIuUWObBEE

    June 6, 2013

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