There has been so much to do in Angel Fire this weekend that Evin and I have constantly been on the go. Plus, Red River had an Art & Wine Festival. Live music and great food were in both villages on the Enchanted Circle. I imagine there were also special events in Taos.
There was so much to see and do in the area that Mike Hess, Chief Marketing Office at Angel Fire Resort, asked Evin and me to take photos of BALLOONS OVER ANGEL FIRE. His staff video/photographers were covering the Chile Challenge Pro-GRT Mountain Bike Race at the Angel Resort ski lift.
If you are a regular follower of PUPPY PATHS you know that Mike didn't have to twist our arms too hard. We hope to take some of our own shots of the mountain bike race. But, back to the hot air balloons.
Evin had experienced hot air balloon events several times. She had worked on balloon chase teams and ridden in balloons. Balloons Over Angel Fire was my first hot air balloon photos shoot.
Jim Merritt, Angel Fire Resort's Video Media Producer, only instruction to me was when possible please have Angel Fire Resort's ski mountain in the background. I voiced my concern that there would be sun and shadow issues as hot air balloon events start soon after sunrise and the mountain was to the south. What follows is my trial and error attempt to shoot two mornings of the three day event.
I was amazed at the coordinated efforts of the balloon teams. The RE/MAX team's balloon was the first in the air each day. They were up and away and didn't make many of the group flight shots.
Note the hot air balloon on Angel Fire local realtor Rogers Lanon's business card. Rogers and another local realtor have been very helpful to Evin and me during time in Angel Fire and the Enchanted Circle. Rogers told us about ENCHANTED CIRCLE POTTERY.
I'll end this post with my customary flower shot of the day and a balloon photo with some wild irises.
The above photo was taken at a local business not too far from Angel Fire Resort just a little south of the balloon field.
Want to post a link to a great time-lapsed video shot by Jim Merritt of the balloons taking off. So,
CHECK BACK to this post. Trust me, Jim's work is worth it. It made the television news in Albuquerque.