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4th Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

The annual event that I always look forward to will take place again this year. The Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta will be held again this year for the fourth times from 15 to 18 March 2012.  Congratulations to A.K.A Balloon Sdn Bhd and kudos also to its boss En. Rudy on the success in the past events and on being able to organise the great event again this year.

Please check out the official website of the event here.

I am looking forward to this upcoming fiesta and fervently hope that the weather would be very favourable during the event.

I just feel like sharing some pictures that I took at the previous events. Just to get the adrenaline pumping ;)

One of the crew members adjusts the parachute valve before the balloon envelope is fully inflated

One of the crew members adjusts the parachute valve before the balloon envelope is fully inflated during the third Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta last year.

The balloons are prepared to take off during the last year's event

The balloons are prepared to take off during the last year's event

The hot air balloons fly over Putrajaya during the last year's event

The hot air balloons fly over Putrajaya during the last year's event

The most glamorous balloon - Darth Vader Balloon - made its appearance last year

The most glamorous balloon - Darth Vader Balloon - made its appearance last year

The pilot pumps in the hot air into the balloon envelope before it takes off during the first fiesta in 2009

The pilot pumps in the hot air into the balloon envelope before it takes off during the first fiesta in 2009

The hot air balloons fly over Putrajaya during the first ever hot air balloon fiesta in 2009

The hot air balloons fly over Putrajaya during the first ever hot air balloon fiesta in 2009

Happy ballooning and happy shooting.

February 8, 2012 Posted by | first putrajaya hot air balloon fiesta, hot air balloon festival, hot air balloons, photoblogging, photography, putrajaya | , , , , , | 5 Comments

Hot air balloons at the 3rd Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloons Fiesta

I have to admit that the weather has not been so favourable for the past 3 days since the 3rd Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta started on 17 March. More unfortunately I was sick on the first day so I couldn’t go to shoot on its first day. When I went there on the second day the weather was overcast and cloudy as well. Man proposes but God disposes. Weather is totally beyond our control. It’s God’s affair. What we can do is just make do with whatever we have within our means. So on the second day I stayed until evening and managed to take home a couple of shots only. Pretty disappointed but as I said it’s God’s affair and we should not complain considering people in Japan and some other parts of the world are facing disaster. Compared to them we are in heaven.

I am glad to share some of the photos which I took on the second day. Here goes.

Tethered balloons

Tethered balloons

Motor glider

Motor glider

A balloon seller

A balloon seller

Tethered balloon

Tethered balloon

In the evening I just concentrated on close-up since the weather was overcast and there was no blue sky in sight.

Adjusting the parachute valve

Adjusting and closing the parachute valve

Adjusting and closing the parachute valve

Adjusting and closing the parachute valve

Beautiful pattern inside the balloon parachute

Beautiful pattern inside the balloon envelope

Hot air is pumped into the balloon

Hot air is pumped into the balloon

Hot air is pumped into the balloon parachute

Hot air is pumped into the balloon envelope

On the 3rd day I went there very early in the morning. Luckily in the early morning the weather was fine resulting in flattering light and blue sky although it lasted only a short while. Make hay while the sun shines as they said. So I just shot away taking opportunity of the momentary good lighting before it went cloudy and overcast.

Enjoy the pictures :)

All the balloonists are busy inflating their respective balloons

All the balloonists are busy inflating their respective balloons

This unique hot air balloon is among the first one to take off

This unique balloon is among the first one to take off

Then one balloon after another starts taking off

Then one balloon after another starts taking off

Some have taken off some are still on the ground

Some have taken off some are still on the ground

This striking orange balloon looks like a pumpkin

This strikingly orange balloon looks like a pumpkin

Balloons in flight

Balloons in flight

The star balloon that everybody was looking forward to | Darth Vader

The star balloon that everybody was looking forward to | Darth Vader

Darth Vader as foreground

Darth Vader as foreground

Balloons in flight over Putrajaya

Balloons in flight over Putrajaya

Balloons in flight over Putrajaya

Balloons in flight over Putrajaya

The cutest balloon | Doraemon - the popular Japanese cartoon character

The cutest balloon | Doraemon - the popular Japanese cartoon character

Hope you enjoy the pictures. Please don’t hesitate to leave your comment or criticism.

You are also welcomed to share hot air balloon pictures by providing the link to your gallery at the comment section.

Happy shooting!

March 20, 2011 Posted by | hot air balloon festival, hot air balloons, photography, putrajaya | , , | Leave a comment

3rd Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2011

I am pleased to announce that the Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta will be held again this year for the 3rd consecutive times in where else, Putrajaya.

The colourful fiesta will be taking place from 17 March until 2o March this year at the same venue New Millennium Monument, Precinct 2, Putrajaya.

Please check out its official website here to know more about the event.

I had a great experience shooting at the first Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in 2009.  However I was not so fortunate last year when I couldn’t take leave to go there during weekdays. When I went there on the last day in the evening none of the balloons took off since it was raining in the evening.

Hope we will be blessed with more favourable weather this year and we will get beautiful lighting with nice blue sky.

Some of my hot air balloon pictures captured during the first fiesta:

The First Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in 2009

The First Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in 2009

The First Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in 2009

The First Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in 2009

The First Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in 2009

The First Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in 2009

The First Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in 2009

The First Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in 2009

The First Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in 2009

The First Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in 2009

This hot air balloon photo above was published in Spirit of Malaysia book.

The First Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in 2009

The First Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in 2009

This hot air balloon photo above was published in Advanced Images magazine

The First Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in 2009

The First Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in 2009

The First Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in 2009

The First Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in 2009

The First Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in 2009

The First Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in 2009

You can view more of my hot air balloon images taken during the first fiesta here.

If you would like to shoot better hot air balloon photos you may want to check out these links for some useful tips:

Happy shooting and hope to catch you there!

February 20, 2011 Posted by | hot air balloon festival, photography, putrajaya, tips & techniques | , , | 5 Comments

Photo of the Day Award

Photo of the day award

Hot air balloons flying over Putrajaya

I am pleased to announce that this photo has been selected as Photo of the Day winner in Light and Composition online magazine.

I feel honoured to have my photo chosen alongside other fantastic images as Photo of the Day to run for the Photo of the Month competition for November. Many thanks to Light and Composition team for the selection and for coming up with a great magazine.

If you feel like voting for my image, please go to this page and please either retweet, activate “like” for Facebook or drop a comment.  Either way contributes to the votes for my image. :)

Besides if you would like to participate you can submit your website and let the Light and Composition team evaluate and select your photo/s for the Photo of the Day Award.  You can read the terms and conditions here.

Just sharing: This photo was recently purchased by the publisher Editions Didier Millet as non-exclusive right-managed to appear in its latest coffee-table book entitled Spirits of Malaysia.  The coffee-table book is scheduled to hit the shelf at the end of this year.

Happy shooting!

October 22, 2010 Posted by | first putrajaya hot air balloon fiesta, hot air balloon festival, photography, photography contest, photography magazine, putrajaya | , , | Leave a comment

Seri Wawasan Bridge

Recently went to Putrajaya for a while and I stopped by at Seri Wawasan Bridge.  Couldn’t resist the deep blue sky although at that time it was already 9.30am. The Seri Wawasan Bridge spans the man-made Putrajaya Lake and it is considered one of the most prominent landmarks of Putrajaya.

This is what Wikipedia wrote about Seri Wawasan Bridge verbatim:

The Seri Wawasan Bridge is one of the main bridges in Putrajaya, the Malaysian federal administrative capital. This futuristic cable-stayed bridge which has a sail ship appearance, connects Precinct 2 on the Core Island to the residential area of Precinct 8.

The concrete bridge is a combination of cable backstays and structural steel tie back. It is a dual three lane carriageways of 18.6m width each, comprising 3 x 3.5m width lanes, 0.5 m hard shoulder, 0.5m marginal strip. The median is 4 m wide and walkway cum cycle track width is 5.1m giving a total width of 37.2m at the centre of the bridge.

Seri Wawasan Bridge

Seri Wawasan Bridge

Seri Wawasan Bridge

Seri Wawasan Bridge

Seri Wawasan Bridge

Seri Wawasan Bridge

Seri Wawasan Bridge

Seri Wawasan Bridge

The Sultan Mizan Mosque

The Sultan Mizan Mosque

The newly completed Sultan Mizan Mosque named after the current Malaysia’s Supreme Ruler can be clearly seen from the Seri Wawasan Bridge.

February 14, 2010 Posted by | architecture, putrajaya, seri wawasan bridge | , | 4 Comments

The 2nd Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2010

I am delighted to announce that they are going to hold the second Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta just like the first time event last year. This year it will be held from 18 March to 21 March 2010.

The organizer promises that this year’s event is going to be more fun as there will be more participating balloons and more activities are planned for the public. Please check out its official website for details.

Last year it was a big success and I really enjoyed shooting the multi-coloured balloons. I am looking forward to this year’s event and I hope it would be more enjoyable this year.

The last year's picture

The last year's picture

The last year's picture

The last year's picture

The last year's picture

The last year's picture

The last year's picture

The last year's picture

The last year's picture

The last year's picture

The last year's picture

The last year's picture

Please check out my website for more hot air balloon pictures here. And you can also visit my previous blog entries on the 1st Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2009 here, here and here.

Happy shooting and see you there!

February 7, 2010 Posted by | first putrajaya hot air balloon fiesta, hot air balloon festival, photography, putrajaya | , | 2 Comments

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