© Debbie E. Payne


Songbird Cline level-classic 12/12/2007 5:39:37 PM

WOW! I want to go!! what a view!! #806976

Debbie E. Payne 12/12/2007 5:50:43 PM

Thank you for your comments, Songbird. What I find amazing about this shot is the clouds. I have never seen such interesting clouds. I think they have a particular name but it escapes me. Can anyone help? #5201599

Songbird Cline level-classic 12/12/2007 7:33:46 PM

they look like strato or Cirrocumulus, cant tell for sure.. BUT they are gorgeous. I think this is a winner! please tell me the story of how you got this pic.. where? when? all that.. its just great1 #5201843

Debbie E. Payne 12/12/2007 7:42:14 PM

Every year, in Colorado Springs, there is a Colorado Balloon Festival on Memorial Day. I just took these from the ground. The image you are seeing I took shortly after it took off. I got very few good shots that day for some reason, but this one was definitely a keeper. One day I plan on going up in one and taking my shots from a different perspective. But would like to take the ride in Napa, CA or upstate New York in the fall. #5201881

Red S. Guiness 12/12/2007 7:53:47 PM

awesome!! I want to go! They do ballooning near me in the winter but I have never gone. #5201918

Debbie E. Payne 12/12/2007 9:48:49 PM

I'll figure out how to get up in the air somehow. We do have some friends who marshall this event every year. It's just a matter of making up my mind when to do it! #5202161

Michelle L. Frick 1/25/2008 10:27:24 AM

Congratulations Debbie - this is beautiful!! #5392741

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic 1/25/2008 1:18:40 PM

Congratulations on your second place winner, Debbie. #5394446

Deborah C. Lewinson level-classic 1/25/2008 2:22:39 PM

Hearty congrats, Debbie, on your well-deserved win!!!
-Debby #5394885

Elida Gutierrez level-classic 1/25/2008 4:24:55 PM

Especialy for the winners
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/big.asp?photoID=5538549&catID=&style=&rowNumber=1&memberID=258086 #5395689

Sam Britt level-classic 1/25/2008 5:32:44 PM

Congratulations, Debbie! #5396157

Debbie E. Payne 1/25/2008 6:17:27 PM

Michelle, Kay, Debby, Elida andSam -- Thank you for commenting - this came as aTOTAL surprise this afternoon. Good ending to a very COLD week here! #5396387

Jeff Robinson level-classic 1/26/2008 5:27:38 AM

Congrats Debbie on this Excellent Finalist!! Jeff #5398245

Linda Blair level-classic 1/26/2008 12:16:31 PM

Congrats Debbie on your win...this is gorgeous!!!!!! ☺ #5400314

Roger Fry level-classic 1/26/2008 10:03:14 PM

Fantastic- and congratulations , well deserved! #5402155

Debbie E. Payne 1/26/2008 10:12:10 PM

Jeff, Linda and Roger -- Thank you for your congrats! #5402181

Terri Beloit 1/26/2008 11:28:22 PM

Congrats, Debbie, on your award...it's an awesome photo...I love the color, and the composition...way to go!! :-) #5402321

Debbie E. Payne 1/27/2008 12:12:02 AM

Thank you for "stopping by", Terri. I miss the BP classes. Taking a break for a couple of months! Great self-portrait, BTW! Are you taking any classes this time around? #5402331

Gerri R. Jones 1/27/2008 7:10:36 AM

Congratulation Debbie...a memorable image! Beautiful work!!! #5402774

Lynn Haack 1/28/2008 5:14:25 PM

Debbie - WOW...what a beatuiful photo. The color and clarity is fantastic! So very enjoyable! It feels and looks like a wonderful adventure! A BIG congrats on this stunning WINNER. Lynn #5410176

Debbie E. Payne 1/28/2008 8:43:07 PM

Thank you, everyone. I always find fun images at this balloon festival. We started going years ago when my son always had to get up at the crack of dawn to flip pancakes for his high school Key Club as a moneymaker at the Balloon Festival. Because everyone there is taking pictures in all directions, it is easy to be the "stealth photographer" and point your camera at just about anything and get away with it! - including cute kids! #5411025

Heather 1/28/2008 8:52:47 PM

This is Wonderful Debbie!! Congrats! :) #5411047

Debbie E. Payne 1/28/2008 9:27:31 PM

Heather -- Your gallery is awesome. Thanks for visiting mine and guess we'll be keeping an eye out for each other's photos! We learn so much from each other. #5411121

Dominick M. Dimacale level-classic 2/1/2008 2:52:31 AM

Congratulations Debbie on your Win! #5426712

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 2/6/2008 10:42:32 AM

An outstanding winning image Debbie, congratulations!! And a great PhotoFlash feature too! #5453536

Debbie E. Payne 2/6/2008 10:50:09 AM

Thank you, Donna! I was pleasantly surprised to see it in PhotoFlash, too! #5453561

Debbie E. Payne 2/6/2008 10:50:12 AM

Thank you, Donna! I was pleasantly surprised to see it in PhotoFlash, too! #5453562

Mary E. Heinz 2/7/2008 12:48:15 AM

Stunning ! I'll be contacting you for some advice/ about an upcoming event that might be similar... #5456438

RC Fritz 2/7/2008 5:33:49 AM

GREAT JOB, Debbie! Fantastic composition and title! Congratulations!! #5457588

Melissa Malisia 2/8/2008 9:32:05 AM

WOW Debbie, Big congrats on this beautiful 2nd place winner!! :) #5464618

Debbie E. Payne 2/8/2008 11:50:58 AM

Thanks, Mary, RC, and Melissa -- That beautiful sky and sunshine makes me wish that Memorial Day would hurry up and get here.. I appreciate your comments.


Shari Kelly 2/9/2008 2:40:46 PM

YEAH!!! Debbie, what a view!!!
We have an event in our town as well called Freedom Weekend Aloft...
This is just awesome...A huge congrats...
Great work Debbie...Sharon

ps...been quit busy lately, we're in the process of building our home...school, Company, traveling,...thanks for asking....
hope all is well with you...Take Care... #5470033

Louise Souchereau 2/19/2008 3:41:39 PM

Hi Debbie...
This is an awesome capture, fantastic composition, congrats you deserve it. #5517694

Irene Colling level-classic 2/29/2008 3:42:41 PM

A wonderful shot. The puffy clouds are a perfect backdrop for the air filled balloons. #5574413

Debbie E. Payne 2/29/2008 4:39:06 PM

Thank you Sharon, Louise and Irene. I can hardly wait til Memorial Day and I'll have another chance at this! #5574690

David Martinez Fresneda 3/18/2008 4:21:44 PM

Nice colors and light moment. #5660000

Mary E. Heinz 3/19/2008 12:40:04 AM

Getting closer for my event to try my hand at photos like this...can't wait/ this is
still my inspiration ! #5661366

Teresa H. Hunt 7/23/2010 7:12:48 PM

Wow Debbie, this one is amazing!! I love it!! #8782733

Debbie E. Payne 7/23/2010 9:18:23 PM

Mary and David - not sure how I missed your wonderful comments back in March. I apologize. In February, I fell and broke my humerus in four places and was not in too good a shape around the time frame and missed this. This remains one of my favorite balloon photos. Can't wait for Labor Day weekend this year so I can go out and celebrate another Balloon Fest in Colorado Springs.

Thanks, Teresa. I appreciate your comments and all your help in Phellos! #8782921

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Exif: F Number: 7.1, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/320 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 100, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 35.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT

Uploaded on 12/12/2007 5:15:30 PM

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BetterPhoto.com All Time Best Photo Contest Winner
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