Canberra\’s 100th Year Anniversary 2013

Shot this during the balloon festival to celebrate Canberra\’s 100th Year Anniversary in 2013. This was just outside the Old Parliament House, but unfortunately the wind was high so they had to abandon the take-off. There was over 100,000 people attending the event from memory. So they just raised the hot air balloon for tourists like myself to take some photos.

With this particular shot, I was the first one to jumped in there and take this shot and there was 25 other photographers followed me afterwards. There was rods blocking the view and I had to come really close to the balloon. I saw other photographer a little timid about it, so I went in with my wide angle and get the shots.

When it comes to street photography, sometime you just can\’t be timid. I did ask first by the way and the balloon owner was very happy for me to take the photo. I was closed but not destroying anything. No harms done. I once heard somewhere, fill the frame and if you feel that you\’re close get closer. That\’s the secret to good street photography or any kind of photography really.

Unfortunately also that the important event like this didn\’t get much media attention either. Canberra is an plan city, it is Australia Capital Territory. It has it beauties depends on the season as well. Autumn you get beautiful falls colour and Spring you have gorgeous flowers blooming. The other seasons, Winter is a bit cold for my liking and Summer could be really hot. My suggestions Autumn and Spring is your best bet to visit Canberra.  

Published by Travis Chau

I'm a freelance makeup artist from Sydney, Australia. If you hang around creative people long enough you well get the bug to create as well. So now I am into photography, timelapse photography and maybe video/film later.

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