Weekly Photo Challenge: Cover Art

It wasn’t until the masses of balloons had ascended on Saturday, October 11th that we noticed a late comer — a truck bearing a basket and balloon.  Out jumped a lady and her entourage who began puffing up a colorful yellow/red/blue balloon with giant fans.  But they were late.  Noticeably late.  After almost all balloons that were going to lift off had already done so.

But, as we found out later,  she never intended to launch a balloon.  Just wanted to inflate it only to take it down a few minutes later.  To give the crowd a chance to watch the workings of a balloon launch — from start to almost-finished, just before take-off.  She even answered questions and chatted with those of us pointing cameras at the crew intent on filling the space with hot air and then checking for whatever they check for prior to launch.

It was then that the idea for a book came to mind:  What would it take to go from ground to air? And then we found two photos that could serve as cover art for this inside look.

Inside Ballooning:  The Art of the Launch

Inside hot air balloon

Checking the interior of a hot air balloon

Holding on!

Holding on as hot air fills a balloon at Balloon Fiesta 2014.

So, what do you think?  Which one do you prefer?  Or do you have another thought about what would be great cover art for a glimpse into the fascinating craft of ballooning?

Be sure to check out the other entries in Weekly Photo Challenge: Cover Art by clicking here.


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Met at University of Tennessee, been married for 47 years, and still passionate about travel whether we're volunteering with Habitat Global Village, combining work at Discovery with pleasure, or just seeing the world. Hope you'll join us as we try to see it all while we can!
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13 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Cover Art

  1. Sophia says:

    This is so neat!)) I like both of them, you should post more of the big balloons!) where do you get ideas for photo challenges?)

  2. Lovely, but I would still go with the photo of the fire shooting into the balloon that you used in your last blog. –Curt

  3. Amy says:

    Very cool cover art, Rusha! Can’t imagine the real size of it….

  4. suej says:

    Neat! First shot for me, because you have added a bit of tension by placing the woman towards the edge of the frame…

  5. I like the first shot, with the woman in it. It shows the scale of the balloon and also leaves a lot of room for text.

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