THE GREAT RENO HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL INCLUDING A DAWN HOT AIR BALLOON ASCENSION LAUNCH PLUS OPTIONAL CHEETAH RUN, VIRGINIA CITY CAMEL RACES AND NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY IN DOWNTOWN RENO
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WORKSHOP DATES: Friday, September 6 to Sunday, September 8
If you have never seen a Dawn Ascension of Hot Air Balloons, it is an awesome sight with the brilliant colors of fire against the pitch black sky. The Reno festival is the largest Free Hot Air Balloon event in the United States with almost 100 incredible hot air balloons.(The Albequerque festival is larger but not free).
OPTIONAL CHEETAH RUN: On Sunday, there will be an optional trip to the Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary where they hold a Cheetah Run. We will also be able to take images of the many other animals in the Ark including Tigers, Cougars, Bears, Bobcats, etc.
This event is a fundraiser for the sanctuary. The fee for general admission to the Cheetah run and a space in the Grandstand is $40.00. All of the money from this admission fee goes only to the Animal Ark to support their animal rescue programs.
PHOTO BLINDS: All of the photo blind spaces have been taken, however, there are still spaces available in the Grandstand.
OPTIONAL VIRGINIA CITY CAMEL RACES: On Saturday, after the Hot Air Balloon Festival, there will be an optional trip to the 54rd Annual Virginia City Camel races featuring camels, ostriches, zebras and emus racing as jockeys from around the world compete. Before the races, there is a wonderful parade through historic downtown Virginia City. Plan for an day full of fun, laughs and outstanding photographs.
NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY: Reno at night is a wonderful location in which to capture a variety of very different images. We will show you how to use your camera in very different ways to create many unique compositions.
Our Trip last year was a great success and you see images that were uploaded in the link below:
EVENT ORIENTATIONS: Prior to each of the events, there will be an orientation in which you will get a lot of tips about techniques and cameras settings to use to get the best images.
PRICE: $98.00 (not including hotel, meals, admissions or transportation.
PLEASE NOTE: The admission to the sanctuary for the Cheetah run is an extra cost. It is $40.00 for the admission to the sanctuary and a seat in the Grandstand for the Cheetah run. The cost for admission and a space in the photo blind is $60.00 and there are only a very limited number of spaces available so they sell out quickly.
GROUP RATE FOR HOTEL: We have reserved some rooms for the trip with a special group rate of only $69 plus tax per night for a single occupancy room. If you want to share a room to reduce cost, we can help with that.
CAR POOLING: We will be organizing car pools with 2 options - an early departure leaving around 2:30 pm for those who are able to take off of work early and a second departure time leaving around 7 pm for those who cannot.
We ask passengers to pay all the cost of gas, tolls, etc.
This will be a really wonderful trip so I suggest that you reserve your space as soon as possible.