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Thanks BB, Bob and Ed.
Yes, Ed- I could have done those things and got a "better" portrait. But I don't shoot portraits as such.
I photograph people in situations that have some story-telling potential... that interest me... and that require the least amount of interference with the people as possible.
I indicated that I'd like to take a pic, the two looked at me, and as the girl smiled, I took one shot, thanked them and walked away.
No excuses- just reasons .
In my defense, the balloons begin their mass ascent as soon as the sun clears the eastern horizon. This image indicates that (the angle of the shadows are almost perfectly horizontal).