Nearly every year, Monroe, Wisconsin, is the home to the Monroe Balloon and Blues Festival. Almost every year since I found out about it, I have had other plans, or the weather wasn’t cooperating, and the balloons didn’t launch. This year was finally my year, and everything fell into place! I brought some friends along, and not only did we watch balloons take off, but we chased them through the countryside. We didn’t want to go too far, though, so we could get back in time to watch the balloon glow.

I filmed the time-lapse with my Canon 7D. I filmed everything else with my GoPro Hero 4 Black on a Feiyu-Tech G4 handheld gimbal.

Visit the Monroe Balloon and Blues Festival website for more information!