Posts Tagged ‘hot air balloon’

Hot Air Balloon

October 9, 2010

Last year Alida and I went up in a balloon with the Touchstone Energy Coop at the Farm Progress Show here in Decatur. This year our friend invited us to the Balloon Fest in Shelbyville.

See how excited I get?

Unfortunately I didn’t realize it would have to wake up at 4:30am after working until 2am, but that’s neither here nor there.

Who would choose sleep over flying?

When we arrived, there was only one spot on the balloon, unlike the last time when Alida and I were able to go up together. Since Alida was shooting with the 5D (and because I’m just sweet like that) I told her to go up in the balloon so she could shoot both photo and video.

My wife, the thrill-seeker

Not only did being on the ground get me the chance to film some really nice shots of the balloons over Lake Shelbyville, it also gave me the opportunity to interview the pilot’s wife about “chasing.”

One of my favorite shots of the day

Here is the video that I produced for the Herald & Review with footage from both of our cameras.

One more thing! Now that you’ve seen the video and a couple of stills pulled from that video, take a look at Alida’s AWESOME photos on her new and improved blog!


Farm Progress Show

September 5, 2009

For those of you who aren’t familiar, the Farm Progress Show is a huge agriculture event, drawing in farmers and such from nearly every state in the country, and several foreign countries. Being from Chicago, I didn’t really expect to be overly excited. While I still don’t get as giddy about seeing huge augers as some of the visitors do, I still saw my fair share of cool stuff while filming for the Herald & Review.

Hot Air Balloon


Hot Air Balloon

Wednesday morning I experienced my first untethered hot air balloon ride! The Touchstone Energy Coop flies an American flag over the show every morning while the national anthem is sung at the gates. One of the Touchstone gentlemen just happens to be married to Alida’s boss, so at 6:30 am Alida and I were both preparing to go up in the balloon. Here’s the video that I did for the Herald & Review.

Me filming the students by the balloon

Me filming some students by the balloon

Grave Digger

Grave Digger!

Those tires were crazy

When I was a little kid, I went to see a Monster Truck show in my neighborhood. It was there that I fell in love with the Grave Digger. I haven’t seen a Monster Truck show since I was little, but this year my mom sent me an awesome Grave Digger birthday card (it plays the sound of the truck crushing cars when you open it!). That card brought back all kinds of memories for me, so I can’t even begin to explain how cool it was to run into the truck in person just a couple months later. The driver was signing autographs, but I felt weird getting one for myself, so Alida went and got one for me! I have the sweetest wife in the world!

Alida got me the autograph, because I was shy

Top right: "To Hugh"

Darryl Worley


My media pass

I’ve never been a big fan of country music, but don’t have anything against it. I’d never heard of Darryl Worley until I was told he would be playing at the Farm Progress Show. Wednesday night I got to meet him while filming a “meet and greet” session with his fans. The manager was a d-bag, but Worley really was a genuinely nice guy, and it was a blast covering his show. Here is the clip that I did for the Herald & Review.

So I still don’t get too excited over corn and combines, but I have been reminded that I can’t go judging things before I experience them. Except for Brussels sprouts. I didn’t have to try those to know I hated them.