Captivating Time-Lapse Captures Over 700 Hot Air Balloons Lifting Off into the Sky

What better subject for a time-lapse than 700+ colorful bags of hot air rising into the sky all at once, many of them shaped like beloved (or infamous, see Darth Vader) pop culture characters? Well, there’s probably something better, but right this second we can’t think of it.

The time-lapse above was put together for Roadtrippers at Albuquerque, New Mexico’s 42nd Annual International Balloon Fiesta. It’s a 9-day hot air balloon extravaganza that is, in fact, the largest hot air balloon festival in the world! (Go ahead, start planning next year’s trip…)

In order to capture all of the footage he wanted, photographer Joel Schat had to get up at 4 in the morning and hunt down the row of balloons known as the “dawn patrol” (the first balloons to go up and check wind conditions). After that he found the best possible vantage point for the main event: Dawn Ascension.


That’s where over 500 hot air balloons — basically everybody except the dawn patrol — take off in the span of about an hour and a half, turning the sky into a dreamy, colorful mess of hot air awesomeness (I think that’s the technical term).

Equipment used included a Canon 6D, Rokinon 14mm f/2.8, Canon 16-35mm f/2.8, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8, an eMotimo TB3 Black robotic head for movement and a promote control for bulb ramping.

It really is a sight to behold, and might help put a smile on your face and get you to the other side of yet another hump day. So check out the video for yourself, and if you want more details, head over to the YouTube video itself for a more details in the description.

(via Doobybrain)

  • superduckz

    Awe inspiring.

  • Aleksandar

    So beautiful and amazing.

  • Sid Ceaser

    love it Love it LOVE IT. Big ole’ kid smile on my face watching them bob and dance and fly off into the clouds. Yay!

  • John Wettermark

    Very nice. When you watched this if you didn’t watch full screen, I recommend it!

  • Seashell

    Way too much CO2 — we must put a stop to this to save the planet.

  • Aidan

    it is not co2, that is heavier than air, balloons use a mixture of helium and hot air

  • Seashell

    Oh, burning propane produces Helium? Thanks for the chemistry lesson, Madame Curie.

  • Joey Duncan

    I….I…. *sniff* This is… *sniff*…..Sorry, hang on I was cutting onions…..

  • Joey Duncan

    ok, ya this was pretty awesome, I would love to attend something like this

  • Jdjddj

    The gas used in those balloons is minimum. The gas used to fly all those people from around the world to new Mexico is huge!

    Pick your fights Brad,
    Airplanes are gas hogs