Colorado Springs Balloon Festival

Maker's notes: 

This was shot in Colorado Springs at their Labor Day Balloon Fesitval. It had the usual challenges of a bright sky, and dark background. I shot this in Aperture Priority setting the aperture at f/9. Because the balloon was moving I needed an ISO high enough to get a 1/500 sec. exposure. That turned out to be ISO-1600. Photo was processed in Lightroom CC. Graduated neutral density filter tool was use to lower the exposure on the sky. The tool mask was removed on the balloon.

Maker: Brian Narveson
Class: 
A
Place: 
Voted Acc.
Points: 
34pts
Scores - Interest: 
4
4
4
Scores - Technique: 
4
3
4
Scores - Composition: 
4
3
4
Judges' comments: 
Shadows on the bottom make a frame; would be nice if gondola were above the mountains