2018 ALBUQUERQUE INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FIESTA

-Photography Tour and Post Processing Workshop-

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the most photographed event in the world!

Our Weekend Photography Tours will take you to the ideal vantage points to capture the perfect shots during this incredible event! Opportunities include a Balloon Mass Ascension, an evening Balloon Glow, and a Splash & Dash along the Rio Grande River. (All weather permitting)

All available events are listed below for the specific weekend photography tours. Land of Enchantment Photography's goal is to provide attendees with opportunities to photograph 2 Mass Ascensions per Weekend Tour (different locations/perspectives), an evening Balloon Glow and attend a comprehensive Post-processing workshop. We will make 'game-time' decisions, primarily based on the given weather for each specific event, in addition to Balloon Pilot recommendations, real-time AIBF weather briefings, available shooting locales, and attendee consensus. We limit our weekend tours to a group of 4 attendees per, and do sell out. 

Our customized Photography Tours start with on-location, in-camera techniques, and end with an exclusive post-processing workshop, crafting images captured during the events to help turn your photographic vision in to reality and return home with memorable images! 

For sample images, please view our 2017 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Photo Gallery & full Video Review, located here: 

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta - Weekend 1

Saturday, October 6th, 2018: 

  • 4:00am - Balloon Mass Ascension from Fiesta Field 

  • 4:00pm - Evening Balloon Glow & Fireworks

 

Sunday, October 7th, 2018

  • 4:00am - Splash & Dash along the Rio Grande <or> Balloon Mass Ascension from Vista Lookout

  • 4:00pm - Evening Balloon Glow & Fireworks

Monday, October 8th, 2018

  • 8:00am - 12:00pm - 

Post Processing Workshop (Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop customized  hands-on tutorial)

BOTH WEEKENDS SOLD OUT.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta - Weekend 2

Friday, October 12th, 2018: 

  • 4:00pm - Special Shapes Evening Balloon Glow & Fireworks 

 

Saturday, October 13th, 2018

  • 4:00am - Balloon Mass Ascension from Fiesta Field

  • 4:00pm - Evening Balloon Glow & Fireworks

Sunday, October 14th, 2018

  • 4:00am - Splash & Dash along the Rio Grande <or> Balloon Mass Ascension from Vista Lookout

  • 12:00pm - 4:00pm - 

Post Processing Workshop (Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop customized  hands-on tutorial)

*What is included: 

  • All access fees to Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Field during specific tour dates. 

  • Personal guidance to unique vantage points for opportunities to capture successful images

  • In-field instruction: Shooting for composition, exposure settings/bracketing for conditions (early morning low light, night-time fireworks...), capturing the image with post-production hurdles in mind. Time-lapse photography and/or video consultation with your DSLR (frame rates, and applicable manual settings). 

  • Post-processing instruction. A 4-hour comprehensive workshop, inclusive of my 'Start-to-Finish' editing process. This includes RAW image prep via Adobe Lightroom, and detailed enhancements utilizing a Smart Object Workflow process via Adobe Photoshop (exposure blending, luminosity masks, Orton effect, Color Theory...). During this post-processing workshop, we will also process images taken from Balloon Fiesta in real-time with your images/laptop.  

*What to bring: 

  • Layers of clothes. The temperatures during Balloon Fiesta are unpredictable and vary, and can swing rapidly. 

  • A head lamp or source of light for low light shooting situations. 

  • Comfortable shoes to walk in, preferably hiking shoes that provide support and that have been broken in. 

  • Camera equipment! Preferably a DSLR, or a camera that allows you to shoot in manual mode. Back up memory cards and camera batteries are always recommended. A good zoom lens is recommended (or a combination of prime lenses), as we will encounter a variety of angles, depths of field, and light conditions. As a side note, this is a fantastic opportunity to rent a lens (or two!) that you may have interest in purchasing, but would like to initially test out. If you have a polarizer (and/or ND) filter, it may come in handy, but not necessary to purchase. Lastly, a sturdy tripod is highly recommended. 

  • If you are interested in capturing time-lapses of specific events, a second camera body and intervalometer is recommended. 

  • If you post-process on a Windows Laptop or Apple Macbook, please bring your device along for the workshop with your editing software of choice loaded. I personally utilize Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop, in addition to a few 3rd party plug-ins for editing. 

*Participants should be fit enough to walk or stand a few hours in one outing. The strenuous level for this event is light, with outings that will last 3-5 hours in duration. 

*Hotels and meals are also the responsibility of each individual, and are not included. We do offer an Airbnb option, on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you have interest, please send us an inquiry via our Contact Us link. 

*Personal Balloon Rides are also available, and are also organized separately for an additional fee. If you have interest, please send us an inquiry via our Contact Us link

*Tour Pricing:

  

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Weekend 1 (10/06/2018 - 10/08/2018) - $1,095.00 + tax.

You can reserve your spot for this event with a $250 non-refundable deposit via PayPal, with the remainder due 90 days prior to the event weekend. 

  

 

 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Weekend 2 (10/12/2018 - 10/14/2018) - $1,095.00 + tax.

You can reserve your spot for this event with a $250 non-refundable deposit via PayPal, with the remainder due 90 days prior to the event weekend. 

          

 

 

 

If you have questions, just send us a note and we will respond promptly! 

© 2017 Land of Enchantment Photography, LLC. 

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