Shelly, Thanks for the comments.
Balloon Fiestas are great fun, which one are you going too?
I mainly used my camera in Aperture Priority setting during the day. Then, when at night time, I turned to Shutter Priority. For Fireworks you don't want anything longer than 2 seconds providing that you are clear of light pollution. Same again for the Night Glow, think I switched between 1.5 seconds and 2 seconds for that. You will definately need a tripod for these shots
Nothing worse than ruining a shot because you moved.
Speaking of motion - if you are catching a night glow event, then inevitably you will get a lot of motion blur on the balloons which is to be expected. I think I took about 20 pictures within 30 minutes and had 2 decent shots. So expect to waste some pictures.
Also, not sure on what camera equipment you had, but my largest focal length was 210mm which was adequate for me, so make sure you do take a reasonable length with you.
And finally, have fun! Don't ruin your day from looking through the lens too much!
Thanks for replying
I'm going to this, The Big Balloon it's in blackwood in gwent, south wales. I only live about 10 minutes away from where its being held so worth popping over really http://www.caerphilly.gov.uk/bigballoon ... /index.htm
Thanks for the tips on timing etc, I have a canon zoom lens 80mm - 200mm and the basic kit lens 18-55mm that came with the camera.