We arrived at the airport entrance at 5:50 am, early. Instead of seeing a wonderful 6:00 am "glow", we and hundreds of others needlessly crawled along in a single file of cars, due to the poor preparation of the parking organizers. At 6:10 am, we parked the car, only to get on another, very long line to take a bus to the balloon area. Our bus driver admitted there were pathetically only "three or four" mid size buses to get hundreds of people to the site. People were not happy. After 7 bus loads came and left, each with perhaps 25-35 passengers, we got on our bus. We finally got to the balloons after 6:40 and it was waay too light out for any "glow." Seminole Casino inadequate parking and transport set up took WAY too long at 50 minutes. I told disappointed people to underexpose their photos by f 1.5 stops, to make photos look much darker than it was-see below, with some Photoshop-type adjustments!
The balloons were deflated and packed up, and so followed the crowds!
|A Deflated Balloon Being Packed Up|
Wendy went back at sunset, and reported that "The evening glow was also a bust .. No glow.
One or 2 balloons made attempts to go up and then they came down and got packed up and back into the trucks." Oh well....I give the Casino great credit for the idea, and I look forward to coming back to an improved "Balloons over Paradise" later!