Sorry, folks. I did not stick around for the fireworks like I should have. There are technical reasons for that. These pictures come from plenty of study of when and how to photograph a balloon glow. Others were shooting these balloons with iPhones, and for them, that’s fine. For me, a good basic DSLR like my Nikon D-80 is a fun thing.
I like to tweak things. Call me a control freak, but that is how I learn. I kept adjusting the ISO (film speed) levels as the evening went on. The balloons and their crews did the rest of the work.
It is an investment, and it is fun.