Annual Hot Air Balloon Launch over Lake Travis
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I flew into Austin late the night before. It was 2013, and I was in a city I hadn’t yet spent much time in, but I knew one thing– I needed to meet some photographers. I was working on a skunkworks project, and knew from past experience that photographers were a great match for the project. I had a hunch that the annual Hot Air Balloon Launch over Lake Travis would be a great place to meet photographers.
The Hot Air Balloon Launch over Lake Travis starts early
I wanted to see the launch, and that meant being up exceptionally early. It sucked. But, so does the journey to many great things in life. The goal for the ballooners was to have the balloons out by sunrise. Of course, that meant that many of the seasoned professionals were there hours before the sun had even started to glow behind the horizon. I threw on a hoodie, hailed a taxi, and found my way to Mansfield Dam Park.
The sun had started to rise, and I was late
Luckily though, my hunch was right. Half the crowd were photographers from different hobby groups in the city. The rest? Enthusiastic ballooners waiting for the perfect conditions to launch their balloon over the lake. And it was spectacular. Balloons of all colors and sizes were setting off into the newly sun-breached-sky. While I may have missed some of the balloons taking off, there were plenty to see. The annual Hot Air Balloon Launch over Lake Travis is easily a half-day event.
Here’s what I learned
Get there early. Bring a tripod for pre-dawn shots. Bring a zoom lens for morning shots. Ask questions. Learn. Participate. Ballooners are a friendly bunch, and they’re proud of their craft / hobby. If you’re looking for more information regarding the annual Hot Air Balloon Launch over Lake Travis, look here.