Rise of the balloons

As the clock striked 5pm, the gate opened and people with media passes (like us) could go in first to get closeup shots of the crew putting up the hot air balloons.

Everyone went on a shooting spree the moment we got in…. shooting everything in sight.

The first thing I saw was this. A basket without a balloon. Why? cos they havent install lor.. lol… baskets are usually made of woven wicker or rattan as it has been proven to be sufficiently light, strong, and durable for balloon flight.

Lifting the ballons are not easy….. as you can see here… I think there were at least 6 people working one each one. Tying the ropes to the basket… pumping air into the inflated balloons… etc etc.

On the other side of it, usually a guy will be pulling the balloon so that it allows more room for the air to fill.

As one of them was halfway filled, I managed to enter the balloon and took some shots on the inside. lol (i was then chased out)

When it was the right time, the crew will light the burner and the gasified liquid propane will turn into hot air that will lift the balloon up.

When all these were done, it means that balloons are ready to carry passengers to go up in the sky and turn the skies into a space with colour flying objects.. ahhahaa

Check back tomorrow to see them in the skies!
😀

15 Comments

  1. June 22, 2009

    Wow, first time saw it in close up. Love the one the Fire It Up picture just like “Kame Hame Ha” :p

    smashpOp Replies:

    ahahah this post like educational channel like that kan?… 😀

  2. June 22, 2009

    wow nice pics..
    i love the in the balloon picture! =D
    very nice!

    smashpOp Replies:

    thanks mate! love it too hehe

  3. June 22, 2009

    The colour of the balloon so nice. 😀

    smashpOp Replies:

    super colourful 😀

  4. June 22, 2009

    Amazing pics buddy…
    esp “In the Ballooon” is fit to feature as a ‘calendar / cover” page!

    Amazing stuff! :))

    Cheers,
    Vignesh Raja

    smashpOp Replies:

    hye yo! great comment. appreciate it. hehe wow calender cover page.. hehe that would be great

  5. Woah I like In the Balloon shot too..
    Everyone love it~~ ^^

    smashpOp Replies:

    yup everyone loves to be in ballons ahah

  6. October 6, 2009

    Excellent photos. Really gets me in the mood. Last time I was in Sedona I really wanted to go but my wife is a chicken so I passed. Next time I’m definitely going up! Thanks for sharing the inspring pics.

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