Dawn balloon launch as part of the 2013 Preakness Festival.
"A hot air balloon launch is part of the annual Preakness Race festivities, which I have always missed for various reasons," says Hafner. "This year I arrived at the launch site before most of the balloons were inflated. One balloon was up and offering tethered rides. I photograph a lot of sunrises and sunsets, so as the sun rose above the treelike and lit up the morning mist, I framed the balloon and sun on opposite sides of the frame. As for the rest of the balloons, the prevailing winds were blowing in the direction of BWI Airport, so the launch was cancelled."