Hot Air Balloon Classic-PhotoWorkshop

Sonoma Hot Air Balloon Classic 
Windsor River Road, Windsor, CA

June 13-15, 2014

Hot Air Balloon events are colorful and a great opportunity 
not only for still photography but also for timelapse and video.
Before you read on, pl check out my timelapse video from the 2012 Reno Hot Air Balloon Race  "Up, up and Away" on You Tube here.

Then join me for 2 days in Windsor, CA, in the vine country to learn how to capture unique images and learn timelapse photography.

Hot Air Balloon Festival Schedule
Saturday and Sunday, June 14 & 15:
5am Dawn Patrol
6:30-am  Launch of ~30 hot air balloons
6:30 – 11am Food and crafts at the Kaiser Community Park.

*Please note that most ballooning activities take place early in the morning. Once the balloons launch, there will be tethered balloons on site, but times for tethers are dependent on wind conditions.

Saturday Afternoon:  Image editing and timelapse tutorial

Workshops  concludes Sunday at noon.

Workshop fees: 250.- [Single supplement: 70.-];
Group: max 6 photographers
Accommodations included: Fri-Sun June 13-15,  shared rooms in 2 bedroom/2 bathroom condos with each having full kitchen in Windsor – close to the Kaiser Community Park where the event takes place.
Registration: please email me at
Registration deadline and deposit: May 1, 2014 

What's Included:
Help with your camera gear, review of histogram and its information to create accurate exposure; help with using aperture or shutter priority, automatic or manual settings, one-on-one help with equipment and photography techniques.

Plus 2 night accommodations in shared  rooms [June 13-15].

Excludes:  transportation and meals.

What to Bring:  
  • DSLR with wide to tele photo lens,  
  • Tripod,
  • Cable release
  • memory cards and charged batteries,
  • Camera Manual,
  • Computer for downloading and images review, 
  • Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop software, or other editing software,
  • Download Picasa 3.9 software for video preparation.

Pl bring food for breakfast and fruits/snacks.
Warm clothes (layers), 5 am can be cool.

This is a unique and colorful photo opportunity!

Check out my timelapse video from the 2012 Reno Hot Air Balloon Race 
 "Up, up and Away" on You Tube here.

 Dawn Patrol