Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2015 **UPDATED**

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Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2015 **UPDATED**

Fri 31 Jul 2015, 8:59 pm

Ok so it's not an airshow that most would think as an 'airshow', but an airshow nonetheless. There's even going to be a few aircraft at this year's festival although no jets this year unfortunately.

The Balloon Fesitval proper doesn't start until next Thursday, but this morning was the press launch at Bristol harbourside, and the weather was splendid...

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Harbour ascent by Rich Andrews, on Flickr

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Prefect conditions by Rich Andrews, on Flickr

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Harbour ascent by Rich Andrews, on Flickr

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Whirly water by Rich Andrews, on Flickr

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Clear as a bell by Rich Andrews, on Flickr
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Re: Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2015

Fri 31 Jul 2015, 9:39 pm

Great photos, really like the last 2 :clap:

Re: Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2015

Fri 31 Jul 2015, 10:25 pm

Brilliant compositions. Nice to see something a bit different! :clap:

Re: Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2015

Sat 01 Aug 2015, 7:49 am

Very nice work :clap: :clap: :clap:

Hoping for the same conditions next weekend ..

Re: Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2015

Sat 01 Aug 2015, 8:10 am

great pictures

Re: Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2015

Sat 01 Aug 2015, 3:55 pm

Love these :-). Must pop down to my local 'airshow' next weekend! Shame there's no Typhoon this year - in previous years two have transited right over my house en route to Lulsgate for the weekend to display at the balloon fiesta (or at least they did a few years back).

Number one is my favourite. The docks are a brilliant venue for the press launch aren't they? I'm guessing these were taken from the swing bridge or just off it by the Arnolfini?

Thanks for sharing.
Chris

Re: Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2015

Sat 01 Aug 2015, 7:48 pm

Great set, number 3 really is a bit special.

Re: Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2015

Sat 01 Aug 2015, 8:47 pm

Stunning pictures! Loving the reflections in the beautiful blue water of the floating harbour (it's not always like that).
I park in the Millenium Square car park all the time, and it's hard to believe that so many balloons can fit into that area.
Truly impressive.

Re: Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2015

Sat 01 Aug 2015, 9:24 pm

Thanks for the comments everyone. It certainly was a rare fine morning, the weather really does make such a difference. Hopefully we'll have some more of the same next weekend.

It is indeed a shame that neither the Reds or Typhoon are displaying this year although there are the wingwalkers (Sat) and BBMF Spitfire and Hurricane (Sat and Sun; twice on Sunday according to the BIBF website). Also a C47 display as well although I can't for the life of me find out which one. Communication doesn't seem to be the organisers strong point I've learned over the years!

I'll update the thread if I manage anything for the fiesta itself :smile:

Re: Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2015

Sat 01 Aug 2015, 9:26 pm

CJS wrote: I'm guessing these were taken from the swing bridge or just off it by the Arnolfini?


Yep, just on the corner by the Arnolfini.

Re: Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2015

Fri 07 Aug 2015, 8:31 am

Stunning images - real iconic "Bristol" photographs IMO.

Makes me regret not finding out about/going to see them!

Re: Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2015

Thu 13 Aug 2015, 7:53 pm

OK... managed a few over the weekend. It was the first time that all seven ascents were able to take place, although some were in pretty dire weather. I did think twice about adding to the post after seeing the superb Lorraine Mondial set, which does indeed make the Bristol event look like a chimpanzees tea party. Never mind...!

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Clifton from above (sort of) by Rich Andrews, on Flickr

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Friday ascent by Rich Andrews, on Flickr

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Near... and far away by Rich Andrews, on Flickr

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Morning ascent by Rich Andrews, on Flickr

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Morning ascent by Rich Andrews, on Flickr

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Morning ascent by Rich Andrews, on Flickr

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Evening ascent by Rich Andrews, on Flickr

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Evening ascent by Rich Andrews, on Flickr

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Penguin in flight by Rich Andrews, on Flickr

Re: Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2015 **UPDATED**

Thu 13 Aug 2015, 8:04 pm

Captured the atmosphere very well :clap:

Makes note to go next year :)
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Re: Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2015 **UPDATED**

Fri 14 Aug 2015, 8:58 am

Great set Rich, you caught me in the penultimate two, flying the white balloon next to the Minion.

Love the city backdrop shots.

Seventh slot should never have been flown, glad I chose to stay on the ground.

Re: Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2015 **UPDATED**

Fri 14 Aug 2015, 4:39 pm

Fantastic additions :clap: :clap: :clap:

Re: Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2015 **UPDATED**

Fri 28 Aug 2015, 10:39 pm

APG wrote:Great set Rich, you caught me in the penultimate two, flying the white balloon next to the Minion.

Love the city backdrop shots.

Seventh slot should never have been flown, glad I chose to stay on the ground.


Cheers :smile:

Yeah that Sunday evening ascent was awful... had they not been on for a clean sweep I doubt they'd have bothered!
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