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Posted by on Dec 4, 2009 in Greg, Photography, Sport | 2 comments

Friday Photo 13: Up, Up and Away

Up, up and away
My beautiful, my beautiful balloon
The world’s a nicer place in my beautiful balloon
It wears a nicer face in my beautiful balloon
Up, up and away
My beautiful, my beautiful balloon

The 5th Dimension, 1967

Taken early in the morning at the Bush Willow Tented Camp in the Muldersdrift area. My daughter celebrated her 9th birthday there with a group of friends (10 of them!) for an overnight “camping” party. It was the wife and I, and 11 nine-year old girls. We arrived there on the Saturday afternoon.

By the early hours of Sunday morning when I heard the sound of the balloons’ burners being ignited to give it lift, I was secretly thinking “Please take me with you. Please!” And this from somebody who harbours a serious fear of exposed heights.

The shot has been colour and exposure corrected because, in my stupor, I somehow knocked the exposure settings way out of whack on the camera. The result though, is a pretty accurate representation of the sky that morning though. Clear blue beauty.

“Up, Up & Away” © Greg Pillhofer, 2009
Original Capture: 15/11/2009, 05:29am – Zwartkops-Muldersdrift, South Africa
Canon EOS350D | f/8 | 1/320 sec | ISO400 | 165mm | Flash


  1. Someone once bought me a gift of a balloon ride and I gave it away, too scared.

    Lovely shot.

  2. Very nice shot Greg. I'm also way to scared to do something like that.

    I'd also be way to scared to entertain 11 little girls on a overnight camping trip as well!


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