"During this most recent visit, I found all the national parks to be closed, but nobody had been able to turn off the light. I promptly decided to go after some great color images at the annual Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta.
"Although I was equipped with my full collection of Singh-Ray filters, I felt this would be a somewhat different kind of photographic challenge.
"With all these considerations swirling inside my head I decided to couple my Nikon D4 with a mid-range zoom (24-70 mm), and my D800 with a short telephoto zoom (70-200 mm) to isolate the balloons aloft. In the photo above I shot this launching balloon coupled with one that was being inflated on the ground as a strong foreground element. I used the LB ColorCombo to really boost the color and bring the sky into a rich early-dawn blue.
To see more images from Ernesto's many photographic adventures, and find out what he has coming up, be sure to pay a visit to his website, www.esartprints.com