Hot air balloon’s vibrant colors stand in stark contrast to the lush Louisiana landscape, making for a perfect photo opportunity! Here are some tips for capturing the CenterPoint Energy Red River Balloon Rally festival:
Attend both days- This is the most important tip of all, since the more time you have with the balloons, the better chances to get great photos! This is also to account for weather. If the tops of the trees are moving in the wind, the wind is too gusty for the balloons to fly and even glow from the ground.
Get close- Get onto that field and get closer to the action. Photograph the pilots and the crew. Capture the detail in the balloon fabric. Witness the shadows from inside of the balloons. Do something more than just being an observer. Wide shots from the edge of the field have their place but recognize that many other people already have that angle covered.