Last weekend I took a day off of work and headed out to Eden, UT. I stayed with my aunt and uncle at their vacaction home and went kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, hiking, and even spent an hour in a Flowrider wave machine! My other aunt and uncle, two of my cousins, and other family friends were all there too, so it was a great weekend!
One of the reasons I wanted to go was because the Ogden Valley Balloon Festival was happening that weekend and I have been wanting to shoot a balloon festival ever since I was a kid and saw some photos one of my other uncles took years ago; he is a pro photographer and used to own a hot air balloon, so he had some amazing shots from huge balloon festivals that he went to.
Belly of the Beast
Thunderstorms were brewing all weekend, which put a damper on the ballooning and didn’t give me as many opportunities to shoot as I would have liked. Friday morning they probably should have gone up but didn’t, that evening they launched but I was hanging out at the local cocktail party, and on Saturday they only launched a couple in the morning and none in the evening as a wicked thunder, lighting, and rain storm came down on us. Sunday morning was beautiful though with the sun coming over the mountains in the east and dozens of balloons inflating across the field.
Hot air balloons are really cool and if you’ve never been up in one, I highly recommend it. I only managed to get into a tethered balloon this time around, but I went in my uncle’s balloon as a kid and I don’t think I’ll ever forget that. If nothing else, a balloon festival is a beautiful sight to see even from the ground.