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Gone with the wind
Gone with the wind

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Challenge: Balloons (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) for Nikon
Location: Cornell Plantations
Date: Apr 15, 2010
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/350
Date Uploaded: Apr 15, 2010

I am thankful for the amazing DPL team 'X-factor' to help me put my vision in place with this entry and helping me refine the entry beyond my potential!

Briefcase - check
Suit ironed - check
Hat - check
balloons - double check

Camera low on ground, set on remote shutter with 5 second timer. Holding remote with briefcase, triggering and than timing the jump - as simple as that was the idea in head.

Now came the problem with wind, and balloons don't usually want to fly at the same speed as you jump so the strings start sagging - which kills the illusion of flying. So came the idea of having the balloon tied to ground with weight and sliding the hand on the strings without impacting the balloons individual balloon strings.

Took me several tries, 2 days of going back on location and some (a lot of) stares

It turned out to be more difficult than I imagined. Especially when you are doing all by yourself without any help! But happy with the results and score :)

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Place: 17 out of 329
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04/26/2010 09:04:24 PM
nice Shot Vikas! Well done, especially all by yourself.
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04/26/2010 06:21:16 AM
Vikas, congrats of a top-20-finish!
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04/26/2010 03:16:59 AM
Great image Vikas, nicely setup and wonderfully executed
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04/26/2010 02:29:01 AM
Vikas, you done good! Congrats on the strong finish.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/24/2010 01:05:43 PM
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04/22/2010 01:53:50 PM
Great job!! Reminds me of Coley's photos.
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04/22/2010 07:20:35 AM
Good job on pulling this off. Nice exposure.
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04/20/2010 10:40:14 PM
Great idea and Composition.
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04/19/2010 08:48:34 AM
Very creative... great job!
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04/19/2010 08:21:03 AM
Mary Poppins brother, James, took his usual mode of transportation to get to the office. :) Cute!!
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04/19/2010 07:19:58 AM
Mark Poppins. Nice composition.
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