Monday, November 9, 2009
Balloons Over Sunrise
You know, I have done some crazy assed things in my life all in the name of entertainment. So this one gets added to the list.
As you know I am a photography buff so anything to do with it interests me. I have recently been exploring balloon and kite aeriel photography and on Saturday my balloons and video camera made their maiden voyage. Yes, we inflated 50 or so balloons with helium, tied them together, straped on the video camera and tethered it with fishing line and sent them aloft in our front yard. The neighbors really do think we are nuts now. Cars were slowing down to watch and there was nearly an accident out by the end of the driveway.
The wind made it alittle difficult and we were actually a bit afraid to let it go too far. We didn't want to lose the camera or get tangled in power lines.
We decided to go to Randys mothers field and fly. No power lines there so should have been better and higher. Michael got in the back of the truck with the balloons and we headed out. Heck, it's only 2 miles. But, on the way the top came loose and we lost 11 balloons. That was it for the day.
All in all it was very successful and we got some good video but we learned a few things along the way.
1. Helium is expensive.
2. Don't do it on a windy day.
3. Got to get a weather balloon.
4. Got to get a better rig to suspend the camera under the balloons.
5. Make sure the camera is shooting toward the horizon for better subject matter.
6. Don't tranport balloons in the back of a pick up truck.
I have ordered a large parafoil kite and it should be here in the next couple of days. Can't wait.