As I wrap up my highlights from this year’s Balloon Fiesta, it’s time to level the eyes down from the sky, to moments captured at the ground level. For photographers who thrill in a carnival atmosphere to make candid street photography, Fiesta people watching does not disappoint.
I enjoyed the moments observing people wearing costumes, adorned in silly hats, boasting collector pins, outfitted in clothes that mimic patterns on hot air balloons. There was abundant opportunity to click when people were texting on their phones, gawking at balloons and shooting photos, shivering in the cold, chasing after children, performing all sorts of jobs, directing balloon launch traffic in zebra striped costumes. I aimed at the awkward and the honest. It was irresistible!
And that concludes this year’s Balloon Fiesta overview and photographic highlights.
May the Spirit of the Winds, The Force of the Balloon Fiesta, be with you.