With experience comes better results. This was my second lantern fest to attend and my photography was much better. I knew the settings and I even had a better camera and some awesome lenses to help out. I knew what to expect and had a better strategy. I was going to focus on people first, and overall look second.
The wonder an awe you feel when the sky is full of lit lanterns can be a bit over whelming. It starts to feel like the Disney movie Tangled.
The secret to a successful launch is to keep the lantern close to the ground to build up warm air. Too often people light it and hold it at chest height and it won’t launch properly. Get low to the ground and be patient.
The experience is also prime for engagements! So many people propose to their loved one. Others are there for actual engagement photography. That would be a lot of fun and could result in some amazing photography.
A wide angle camera really doesn’t do justice to being on the ground and watching the lanterns take to the night sky. It’s something you want to attend. Don’t worry, there are food trucks, entertainment, and more to keep you entertained.
I plan to go again soon I hope. Next time I want to shoot some video of the evening. That would be cool.