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Up In The Air (Melbourne)

The tale of our balloon flight over Melbourne. Unfortunately just before launch the 40D's shutter release started to fail. It became necessary to press and hold for an extended time to trigger it at all. Accordingly there are a lot of "spray and pray" shots in this gallery, and because I was distracted by my shutter problems I forgot to reduce the high ISO that I was using in the pre-dawn light.

When do you not want a shutter to fail on you? Short of when you're just about to get a close up of Bigfoot, I can't think of a worse time than just before a hot air balloon flight.

Just to add to it, we went onto daylight savings time on the morning of the flight and I forgot to jump the 40D's clock ahead by 1 hour. Add 1 hour for all of the 40D's times, though the last couple, taken by my Samsung Galaxy mobile, have the right time.
19553 First, Prepare Your Balloon
19553 First, Prepare Your Balloon
19556 Second, Open Your Envelope
19556 Second, Open Your Envelope
19560 Our Travelling Companion I
19560 Our Travelling Companion I
19562 Ignition
19562 Ignition
19569 Our Chariot Inflates
19569 Our Chariot Inflates
19570 The Twins Rising
19570 The Twins Rising
19588 Let's Burn Some Propane
19588 Let's Burn Some Propane
19597 Four Bags Of Heated Gas
19597 Four Bags Of Heated Gas
19599 Our Travelling Companion II
19599 Our Travelling Companion II
19604 Heartland Of The City
19604 Heartland Of The City
19618 Toward The City Centre, And What Might Have Been
19618 Toward The City Centre, And What Might Have Been
19622 Gimmie Steam
19622 Gimmie Steam
19632 Three Distant Companions In The Morning Sun
19632 Three Distant Companions In The Morning Sun
19635 And One Closer Companion
19635 And One Closer Companion
19657 Ovals And Rectangles
19657 Ovals And Rectangles
19664 Toward Romaville
19664 Toward Romaville
19669 The City As A Lego Set
19669 The City As A Lego Set
19673 Gimmie Steam II
19673 Gimmie Steam II
19683 The City In Wider Perspective
19683 The City In Wider Perspective
19696 The Long Shadows Of Morning Traffic
19696 The Long Shadows Of Morning Traffic
19712 The City In Close
19712 The City In Close
19714 The City Even Closer
19714 The City Even Closer
19717 Still More Steam
19717 Still More Steam
19723 First Glimpse Of The Landing Site
19723 First Glimpse Of The Landing Site
19731 We're Still Higher...
19731 We're Still Higher...
19747 One Last Look At Our Companion
19747 One Last Look At Our Companion
19751 View Astern
19751 View Astern
19760 And View Ahead
19760 And View Ahead
19762 Love Never Dies; Breathtaking
19762 Love Never Dies; Breathtaking
111003_081740 Packing Away
111003_081740 Packing Away
111003_081812 A Job Well Done
111003_081812 A Job Well Done