The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is an annual festival of hot air balloons held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA during early October. The Balloon Fiesta is a nine-day event and has over 500 balloons each year. The Special Shapes Rodeo (usually held on Thursday and Friday mornings) feature special shapes balloons in a wild array of colors and characters. This photo captures a special shape hot-air balloon as it soars directly overhead. Photo by Don Peterson.
Camera: Canon 10D DSLR camera and a manual-focusing 40-year-old Kiron 80-200mm F:4.5 lens. The 6-megapixel Canon 10D DSLR can be found on the used camera market for less than $100. This used Kiron zoom lens generally retails for about $20 or less on eBay. Kiron lenses were made by a small company formed by former Nikon lens designers and generally the optical quality of their products is very good even by modern standards. The Kiron 8-200mm F:4.5 is a manual focusing lens. With a bit of practice, you can capture well-focused images with older manual focusing lenses, and save lots of money in the process.
I used the Topaz Labs Detail 3 Photoshop plugin to extract the maximum sharpness from this image. This plugin uses RL Deconvolution sharpening to reverse the tiny bit of blurring introduced by anti-aliasing filters that are in most DSLR cameras. This can make your photos look as if they were shot with very sharp professional lenses.
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