HOT AIR BALLOON OVER LUXOR
Five hundred years ago Leonardo da Vinci expressed an abiding aspiration to achieve manned flight, “… in the manner of birds.” In a photo, Leonardo’s Dream, that I posted on the great artist-scientist-engineer’s 555th birthday, a pair of Canadian Geese were seen in midair, and 10,000 meters above them the contrail of a commercial jet. That image was emblematic of heavier-than-air flight. Four hundred years after Leonardo’s prescient musings, the Wright brothers fulfilled his dream, constructing a ‘manned kite’ powered by a gasoline-powered engine, and managed to stay aloft for 59 seconds and traveling 300 meters. This first ever heavier-than-air flight took place in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on December 17, 1903. The dizzyingly swift progress of flight technology culminated just sixty-six years later (on July 20, 1969), when three NASA astronauts were launched from Florida on a multi-stage Apollo rocket, they reached the moon; one of them stayed in a lunar orbit, while two of them descended, walked on the moon; then all three returned safely to the earth.
Lighter-than-air flight, however, was achieved in France late in the 18th century. It started with experimentation made by the Montgolfier Brothers, Joseph Michel (1740-1810) and Jacques Étienne (1745-1799). When air is heated, it expands, and in the process, its density falls below the density of cool air. Accordingly it rises. From conception to implementation, the hot air balloon came to fruition in the two years, 1782-1783. Two of the Montgolfiers’ experiments were especially memorable: on September 19, 1783 a balloon, carrying a number of farm animals (a sheep, a duck and a rooster) rose from the grounds of the Palace of Versailles, to an elevation of 1.6 miles. (This fact is most likely familiar to my good friend, Jean Charles Guegan (JCG) who lives in the area of Versailles, and has been posting compelling photos from his world.)
Then just two months later, on November 21, 1783, the first manned flight of a hot air balloon took place, when the Marquis d'Arlandes and Jean Pilâtre de Rozier, a physicist, flew over Paris, becoming the first test pilots as well as the first passengers of human flight. They achieved a height of 900 meters (3,000 ft) and traveled approximately 14 km (9 miles) during a 23-minute flight. Their balloon was constructed of linen, lined with paper, and coated with alum-potash, in order to reduce the risk of fire. The lift came from air heated by a pile of burning straw resting on a wire mesh. For the science-minded among TE members, a salutary effect of the hot-air balloon experiments was the discovery by an associate of the Montgolfiers, Jacques Charles. Charles Law, formulated in the early 19th century, shows that the pressure multiplied by the volume of a gas varies directly with the temperature, PV=nRT. In modern hot air balloons, air is heated with propane or natural gas that is carried in special tanks.
The present photo represents a view from the gondola of a hot air balloon of another balloon just taking flight. The vantage point from the higher elevation reveals a bird’s eve view of the balloon, attractive spiral patterns created by the colored patches comprising its surface. Meanwhile, the virtually monochromatic background seen below the balloon is the endless sand in the vicinity of Luxor, Egypt. Since none of the great temples of Luxor, or of nearby Karnak, are visible, it made more sense to write about hot air balloons than the history of the land below. That history came with a note accompanying my earlier post, the “Feluccas on the Nile.” I centered the balloon in the frame, since there was no other landmark to serve as a counterpoint. It would have appeared artificial to have the balloon 1/3 of the way from one side for no other reason than the "rule of thirds."
Hand held Nikon D-70, 18-70 mm lens.
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thea0211 (1365) 2007-05-20 9:38
well, this is something i haven't done yet but am planning to :) - love its vivid colors against the sand dunes of Luxor - nice one - thanks, bulent :)!
erel (11888) 2007-05-20 9:38
bugün gördüğüm en güzel kare:)renklerle arka planla harika bir fotoğraf
iyi hafta sonları dilerim
cbrman (21645) 2007-05-20 9:43
L'image de cette montgolfière colorée dans cet environnement de sable est une bonne idée ! Le contrast important de couleurs donne un très bon résultat !
pat0500 (21561) 2007-05-20 9:52
Very nice picture and very nice point of view of the beautiful montgolfier.
Very nice perspective and wonderful colours, very good framing and good presentation..!
Good shot and very good note too..!
Bluejeans (64249) 2007-05-20 9:54
Ola amigo Bulent fantastico balão , muito bonitas as cores , faz um belo contraste com as cores da areia do deserto , bonito ponto de vista!!!Parabens!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
snunney (84983) 2007-05-20 9:58
An excellent composition; the colours of the balloon really stand out against the sand. Some lovely geometrics both in the balloon envelope and in the sand dunes. Great clarity. TFS.
honeto (639) 2007-05-20 10:00
Nice POV Bulent and center positioning looks good. Nicely focused and those colors look great with the sandy background. The compound on the upper left was probably left for a good reason, it gives the scale to the subject.
Nice work and thanks for sharing.
drago (4832) 2007-05-20 10:05
Bulent hi,excellent choise to put the colourfull baloon in the middle,it atracts the eye in the highest level!An oasis in the desert!
jwmunro (286) 2007-05-20 10:24
Hello Bulent -
A very different perspective. This a well crafted composition and a well executed image. Having just the bit of the workers village in the corner of the image was a brilliant touch as it adds a perspective element that would have been lost without it. Bravo, well done!
Thank you for sharing.
xkolba (596) 2007-05-20 10:40
Great shot! I like the POV from your balloon. Wonderful colours, sharpness and great composition. Thanks for show this excellent image.
Congratulations and best regards.
atlantida (2323) 2007-05-20 10:42
Amazing shot, really unseen before, the baloon contrasting the send looks gorgeous, well centered also. It must have been a hell of a journey. Well done.
Marcelo_Almeida (1044) 2007-05-20 10:55
O contraste do colorido do balão com a cor da areia ficou ótimo, boa nitidez, cores e dof.
paprika-jancsi (2349) 2007-05-20 11:21
Another masterful picture from Professor Atalay. I envy you. Janos
meltemi (0) 2007-05-20 11:34
you have done it again. Stunning. What an eye you have. It is a joy to see your thoughts in your pictures. The placement and the size of the ballon, the colour everything makes me just stop and look at this picture for some time. Then reading your scientific and very exhausting note (that is really a pleasure for mind to read), it really makes me think.
Thanks for putting this picture up to stimulate us.
jhm (140110) 2007-05-20 11:36
Hello my friend Bulent,
I think that must a very lovely experience above these warm air ballon, attractive spiral pattern with different colours gives absolutely a very lovely view about the earth beneath. Very well picture as quality and sharpness.
I flyed never with a air balloon.
Thanks for sharing and your note.
PS: I read your book............
dokadak (11518) 2007-05-20 12:12
Its a nice sharing, color, detail and sharpness are perfect... ellerine saglik hocam...
AROBN54 (11473) 2007-05-20 12:28
Hello, dear Bulent,
What a wonderful image! I love the swirling color pattern of the balloon in contrast to the sameness of the ground's color and the POV of looking down at it. Beautifully lit and perfect contrast. And as always, an excellent and informative note. My warmest regards,
jonathan_hart (21274) 2007-05-20 12:46
nice contrast of the vivid colours and the colour of the ground, unusual POV (higher than a balloon, need to be yourself in a balloon :))
interesting note, nice frame add to the photo, good job
carper (96) 2007-05-20 13:14
a very nice one, nice let I tell you take I like it a lot. great point of view, good position with the balloon in the middle, it give more perspective. good details and yes you did do a v ery goodphotojob here, I like it Bulent, thanks for showing.
pablominto (53744) 2007-05-20 13:22
Impressive point of view!
Myself I'm not so happy for heights so handshake would probably be a fact, while this is pin sharp!
Excellent textures and attractive colour palette!
kdialyna (3148) 2007-05-20 14:14
Good evening Bulent.
This is nice. Very nice.
You made me to feel like a bird which look the world from high.
Splendid photo with excellent colours which look even better on the monochrome background.
xavshot (69835) 2007-05-20 14:35
originaire de la ville d'Annonay (ville des frères Montgolfier que tu cites dans ta note) j'apprécie les photos de montgolfières et notamment celle-ci qui est originale puisque prise depuis le dessus. Très belles couleurs également et superbe décor.
leo61 (0) 2007-05-20 14:44
Your POV is excellent and the centered position of the balloon works well here.Good sharpness and amazing contrast.
delic (6735) 2007-05-20 15:00
Great colors and focus. Perhaps the balloon could be decentered for more interesting composition. Wonderful perspective.
teutza (10590) 2007-05-20 15:12
woow...love it!!it is such a perfect and unusuall image!!!i belive you had a great time in that balloooon:)i've always liked the balloon photos..but this one is one of the best:)
puzzle (700) 2007-05-20 15:13
cok ''eye-catching'' bir fotograf! Balonun renkleriyle, kumun rengi mukemmel bir zitlik olusturmus.
Bakis acisi da alisilmamis bir aci,bu balonlari hep alttan cekilenlerini gormustum bugune kadar..
gercekten cok guzel bir fotograf,guzel bir macera olmali..
stego (24030) 2007-05-20 15:49
The colour of the balloon on its own would give a great photo. Add to it the contrast with the sand and those lines on the it that combine so well with the balloon, and we have a fabulous photo.
Very eye catching!
And an interesting note, as usual.
jaywalker (16101) 2007-05-20 16:47
Hi Bulent, I always love these shots from above the balloon looking down, they are one of the most colourful forms of transport around, against the sandy background it highlights the colours even better, superbly framed & beautifully photographed, kind regards Wilson.
Sekhmet73 (4149) 2007-05-20 17:41
Visitin Egypt is one of my greatest desire. Adding to a special trip such special sight wouòd be an enormous gift!
lilimih33 (9918) 2007-05-20 19:07
Very nice point of view and beautiful colours in your picture!
kensimage (8561) 2007-05-20 19:14
This is a great view--having a balloon below really gives the feel that I am in a balloon as I view it. The round mounds found on the ground (!) make a nice rhythm with the similarly-shaped balloon. I think it's fine to break the rule of thirds, but putting the balloon slightly left of center might make the image less static by implying that it's entering the frame. Just a thought. Regards, Ken.
jjcordier (76860) 2007-05-21 1:32
La montgolfière est superbe et se détache magnifiquement de ce sol aride. survoler ainsi les pyramides doit être une expérience fascinante.
marianita (3455) 2007-05-21 3:43
excellent composiiton! beautiful colours adn contrastof the balloon with teh sand
suhan (3552) 2007-05-21 4:17
grafik ögeleri, renkleri ve fonu büyüleyici. belki ufak bir öneri, sol üstteki evlerin croplandığı bir kare: sadece kum zemin ve balon... nasıl olurdu?
atilgone (0) 2007-05-21 4:51
Merhaba Bülent Bey,
Rengarenk balon aşağıdaki kummlardan oluşan fon üzerinde çok güzel görünüyor. Balonlarla gezi yapmak gerçekten çok güzel. Ben Kapadokya'da böyle bir gezi yapmıştım.
Paylaşımınız için teşekkürler
Didi (57264) 2007-05-21 6:11
It's a great adventure for you to fly into a ballon.
Very majestic POV and very nice colours.
I appreciate the good shape of your composition.
feather (51130) 2007-05-21 6:20
I've seen plenty of hot air balloon photos but never one from above. It provides wonderful colour against a plain background. I like how it "sits" between the rounded shapes below. Hot air ballooning is definitely on my list of "things to do before I die".
amazon (12112) 2007-05-21 7:34
sanırım oralarda balon turu insanın uyanmak istemediği bir rüya gibi olağanüstüdür...ve bu karelerin mutlaka devamı vardır...görmek için sabırsızlanıyorum,
psychache (1843) 2007-05-21 8:08
kompozisyonu, ışığı ve bakış açısıyla çok hoş bir fotoğraf Yalın ve etkileyici. Tebrikler
vapours (8264) 2007-05-21 8:31
Great piece of work here Bulent. The lack of colour on the ground places all the emphasis on the balloon and its colour, and love the unique perspective.
vincz (19113) 2007-05-21 8:48
Beautiful! i like how the sand formations on the ground contribute to this excellent compsotion. Spirals and colours on the balloon are also stunning. Congratulations!
cherryripe (21033) 2007-05-21 8:55
I've been hesitating as to whether to do a hot air balloon ride in Central Australia or not this year and keep thinking "no it's too expensive" especially as I was lucky many years ago to go up in one for free with my cousin who did it as his job in Victoria. But when I see photos like yours, it makes me think that the cost is definitely worth it. The colours stand out so well against the sand and it was a good choice to centre it because, as you say, there is nothing to counterbalance it.
wilkinsonsg (8662) 2007-05-21 12:55
Again, the note and the image are excellent - I particularly like the way the balloon and the patterns in the sand(top) seem to 'echo' each other...
Photo65Net (43120) 2007-05-21 13:09
Very nice one, with amazing colors and of course impressive POV.
Framing is the perfect bamance between tight and landscape, bringing lots of details from the sand texture.
Tue (27696) 2007-05-21 16:17
Beautiful view! The many vivid colours of the balloon make a great contrast with the sand coloured background and also make the balloon stand out well against it. The shapes of the sand dunes look also interesting. Well captured and thanks for sharing!
norenastramus06 (1226) 2007-05-21 17:03
Açı renk ve kontrast çok güzel.sevimli bir komposizyon.tebrikler.
MLINES (12516) 2007-05-21 21:47
Hi Bulent. This is a true classic. Taking a photo of a hot air baloon is marvellous to see! This is a superb clear colourful shot. TFS. Murray.
singuanti (15250) 2007-05-21 22:35
Hello Bulent. You know one of these days I will take a hot air balloon ride since it looks like so much fun. I love your high up POV yet we can still see the balloon in it’s entirely. I don't think I've ever seen a balloon in this sort of environment. Again the note is excellent. Very nice one Bulent.
evanrizo (456) 2007-05-22 1:35
Hi Bulent, what a stunning composition!
Really wonderful image so good framed!
Very clear with nice lightness, contrasts, sharpness and colors.
Have a nice time.
anesugur (18789) 2007-05-22 14:43
Kumlar üzerinde canlı renkler,yle balon harika görünüyor.
Herhalde siz de başka bir balondaydınız.
Bu yerleri balondan seyretmek çok güzel olmalı.
imago_lux (249) 2007-05-22 18:49
Superb! I wish I was there! Great contrast of colours, poetry, adventure, simplicity, History, you catched everything.
Regards from Djack Bramble
berseph (1758) 2007-05-22 19:04
Thanks for the link Bulent. This is a fantastic shot. Love the bright colors of the balloon against the sand down below. What a view! I will be going up in one myself in a few days if the weather cooperates. I'm very excited and hopefully I'll get some good shots from the air.
salvator (19102) 2007-05-23 3:32
Hello Bulent Bey,
Really impressive composition. Simple yet impressive. The view, the colors, the background (which is the ground) are all superb. Sharpness is very very nice. Best personal regards. Salvator.
devimeuxbe (58557) 2007-05-23 3:42
interesting vision on the baloon.
The contrast with the sand is nice.
Tezic (17867) 2007-05-23 13:09
renkler ve kompozisyon ve tabii ki bakış açısı enfes... tebrikler..
ahmetgedikli (25482) 2007-05-23 13:23
Rengi, netliği, açısı, çerçevesi enfes bir kompozisyon. İyi iş çıkarmışsınız. Elinize sağlık, selamlar.
balatrek (7455) 2007-05-23 16:03
Fantastic aerial perspective, I like the contrast that exerts balloon with the Earth, I had liked plus a composition with balloon in a lateral one, anyway I like, it is a great work with good colours and a perfect illumination.
tober (8797) 2007-05-24 8:01
Balondaki muhteşem renkler çölün o kendine özgü sarısıyla çok güzel bir tezat oluşturmuş. Heryerde rastlayamayacağımız olağanüstü güzellikte bir fotoğraf.
Açıklayıcı notlarınız da zaman ve emek harcanarak kaleme alınmış, aydınlatıcı yazılar. Tebrikler, saygılar.
jrj (34841) 2007-05-24 10:23
An interesting graphic setting in this one Bulent. And what a pov..
For this one the centered placement works well and is essential for the overall result. And of course the contrast between the colourful and the background landscape makes for a top effect.
Cricri (107360) 2007-05-25 13:19
Une jolie façon de visiter les coins secrets de louxor, la vue doit être magnifique, belle prise de cette 'boule' de couleurs sous le sable chaud, belle réalisation
sabyasachi1212 (19773) 2007-05-25 22:51
Hello Professor 'A',
The hot air balloons make for nice colourful images, no doubt about that, but most of these are taken from ground. What sets this apart is the higher POV, its s like a bird looking down at the balloon. Excellent work ofcourse.
With Greetings from India
sayan (2617) 2007-05-26 3:29
Hello Prof. Atalay,
It is a wonderful photo. I like the composition very much. The colourful balloon amidst the dull sands looks wonderful. Your pov is great here. Very nice work.
temmel (2496) 2007-05-26 6:37
what a beautiful photo!
Very nice perspective and wonderful colours!
I love it:)
dorte_s_t (2287) 2007-05-26 7:17
Hello , Bulent .
Amazing colours and patterns of the balloon !
Great colour and texture of the sand below , which sets out the balloon so well.
Very interesting and informative note . A pleasure to read !
The perspective is something special .Perhaps I can explain what I mean by saying :
it makes me close my eyes , spread my arms and imagine I can flyyyyyyyy......!
Tango7174 (0) 2007-05-26 7:18
Incredible image. The contrast both in colours and texture between the balloon and the empty sandscape below is just amazing. And ABOVE ALL, nice POV which few of us photographers have the privilege to enjoy.
vagabondtravels (6507) 2007-05-27 3:09
What an amzing pov. Great colors and very sharp. The balloon really pops off the neutral brown bg. Good note. Really well done.
sabanuluca (5176) 2007-05-27 17:02
Bulent bey merhaba,
harika bir göruntu. tebrik ederim
sothy81 (9568) 2007-05-27 23:09
Beautiful beautiful. Very nice pov. Very colorful and great detail of the ballon. Very nice backgound too. Well done
Greeting from Phnom Penh, Cambodia
vonp (2235) 2007-05-28 6:10
I really don't have words to comment this picture... Thanks a lot!
Have a nice week
happypoppeye (4817) 2007-05-28 8:44
Great photo. Really sharp and detailed. Great color and really a composition that can't go wrong. The note...well...maybe the best note writer on the site. The framing with the yellow lines really compliments the photo also. Great work. (Smiley tomorrow)
Angshu (55942) 2007-05-28 8:58
Dear Professor "A"
What a sense of height, what a sense of freedom...I wish I was there, high up soaring over the magnificient pyramids, for a change, making them look small. I do not want to go into small details, colour, compo. POV etc, etc...because this photo is beyond all that
With warm Regards
rigoletto (34269) 2007-05-28 11:47
Merhaba Dear Professor,
Yüksekten daha yükseği de var tabii :)
Havada süzülen bir balona tepeden bakmak gerçekten de hayattaki büyük zevklerden birisi olmalı. Kumulların boz rengi üzerinde balonun yarattığı gökkuşağı çok hoş duruyor. Detayların netliği (özellikle kumlardaki dalgalanmaların bile görünür olması) göz kamaştırıcı. Elinize sağlık,
tavara (0) 2007-05-28 14:32
bu çok güzel olmuş. tebrikler...
JCG (35129) 2007-05-29 1:11
Ideal means of transport to fly over the Valley of the Kings. Superb photograph, the montgolfier contrasts ideally with sand and the colors burst. I have the impression that there are many people in the nacelle. Thank you very much for the note always interesting and thank you for the dedication too.
With all my friendships and a very good day,
missninja (497) 2007-05-29 6:15
A great photo! I love the contrast between the colorful baloon and the desert. I´d love to be in this baloon, i think it´s a great feeling, floating over this historical area. I just flew with an airplane over it but it was very impressing to see the pyramids from about 8.000 feet.
Brian (3) 2007-05-29 23:31
Very nice geometric patterns. Such a colorful balloon against the drab sands of Luxor, makes it just pop right out. I love your PoV, and your interesting notes to go along with this wonderful picture.
Thank you for sharing this one,
AiresSantos (56155) 2007-05-30 3:38
Magnificent picture with great POV and colours. Excellent sharpness and details
Very well done
axiotea (21649) 2007-06-01 14:06
Excellent high POV showing the montgolfier with its colored pattern creating a spiral, the people inside the (wicker?) basket
giving a sense of distance. The balloon stands out nicely against the sandy ground with good DOF.
nivaldo (15415) 2007-06-01 23:28
Hello Bulent !
A very interesting note. Leonardo da Vinci would love to be there!
Very nice picture, good POV, sharpness and colors.
Have you ever been at the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico?
I lived for 6 months in ABQ in 1971 but I left there in July and the Fiesta happens every October, yearly... It might be interesting.
Um abraço, TFS !
capthaddock (28790) 2007-06-03 21:49
Hello Bülent - fascinating POV over the desert, and good light, the central position of the colorful balloon makes eye catching symmetry, with a hint of village arcj=hitecture at the upper left corner.
Polonaise (5802) 2007-06-06 17:00
Unusual photo !
Immense note !
Weird photographer (:-)))
Dumb folded critic ! (me!)
…That's a nice combination on TE…Isn't it ?
All the best Prof. Atalay…
Stay forever passionately weird…
Oh, Gosh…We need these people
marietom (34607) 2007-06-08 13:39
excellente, cette vue d'en haut, plutôt inhabituelle d'une montgolfière. Belles couleurs.
banyanman (7789) 2007-06-09 13:27
Hi Bulent. Colourful balloons like this always make such a fabulous contrast against a blue sky, but here you have taken advantage of your higher POV to provide such a contrast against the almost monochromatic desert. As a regular balloonist I found your note very interesting. As far as the composition is concerned, personally I would have preferred to see the balloon a little more to the right, and more of the village in the top LH corner in frame (I think that would have created a nicely balanced image), but centering it does create quite a lot of impact - and as you've already alluded in your note, it is a matter of personal taste. Cheers . . . David
bpelvan (3798) 2007-06-10 2:04
Merhaba Bulent Bey,
Tam 2.5 yıl yasadigim bir ülkeye geri goturdunuz beni... Enfes bir görüntü almissiniz...
Balonu renkleri ve geometrisi geri plandaki kumların rengi üzerinde oldukca carpici gorunuyor... Kiyisindan kosesinden gorolen tipik yapılar ise yeknesakligi kirmis...
(Umarim tapinaklarin da gorundugu bir kareniz vardir)
Jgirl (27) 2007-06-11 22:53
A wonderful shot with great colour contrast... I like it!
SelenE (1276) 2007-06-14 4:00
This is a very nice aerial photo. I liked the contrast and the colors the balloon adds to your photo. Well done and TFS.
mesutilgim (85500) 2007-06-16 13:49
Selam sevgili Bülent,
Bu kare daha evvel gözümden kaçmış. Muhteşem bir kare, harika renkler.
Ellerine sağlık, tebrikler.
PS.Bu arada Web sayfanı gezdim. Çok güzel, portrenin arka planında yer alan ion başlıkların her kıvrımı hafızamda !
doubay (2093) 2007-06-19 8:01
you took advantage of your balloon flight very well and captured a very nice photo with great colours and lighting. Isn’t it dangerous when balloons fly so close to each other? The same question I ask to myself every time I see pics of the famous Kappadokian balloons.
Btw: Some friends of mine visited in Egypt a few weeks ago and the came back very much enthused by Egyptian antiquities.
maltese (22853) 2007-06-20 12:27
A nice view of this hot air ballon. A good contrast of colors with the sand in the back ground. Surely, a very interresting and good flight
take a look at Suivre sa route
jasmis (57824) 2007-06-21 14:32
I discover your portfolio day by day. Now - this shot. Really impressive point of view. Quite extraordinary, no doubt.
And important, detailed note.
carmia (5463) 2007-07-03 9:03
Nice colours and wonderful composition. Good work!
I like it. Carme.
giorgimer (34870) 2007-07-05 5:41
great view with wonderful colors and sharpness.
aimee (941) 2007-07-09 13:26
after be a long time absent from TE (because of my university exams), I've the pleasure to see the beautiful pictures you took. I like this one very much... The color of the hot air balloon contasts very well with this amount of sand. The subject is quite simple but attracts the eye on it... I don't know excatly why but this is something very attractive in your picture, perhaps the roundness of the balloon or its colors...
Very good picture, thanks for sharing.
Have a nice week
brevbrev14 (140) 2007-08-05 6:13
i likea lot this composition...there is a great contrast of colours with the background and the coloured hor air balloon...
The view of a bird!
amstel (2388) 2007-08-07 13:39
Stunning shot mainly due to the point of view. The balloon stands out from the background very well.
xramm (1831) 2007-08-10 6:56
Merhaba bulent bey
Bu tur fotograflari oldum olasi cok severim. Bu gercekten tek kelimeyle cok basarili.Tebrikler
Türkiye den selamlar,saygilar.
pbernardon (593) 2007-08-14 18:21
Very nice shot too, in a wonderfull place
Many thanks for sharing
bruce_wayne (1507) 2007-08-15 15:20
very nice shot! I like these colors and contrast with desertic soil. Mice frame too, well done!
fayeulle (27827) 2007-08-31 23:57
Speaking about the thermodynamic laws in TE is not common. About the third rule we can discus how and when transgress it. The most important in a shot is the light and the visual impact at first glance. This one is a good one. When I visited Luxor I don't seen any air-balloon in the sky.
ilhanucar (477) 2007-09-17 8:08
Merhaba Bülent Bey,
Harika bir fotograf. Paylaşımınız için teşekkürler.
aznegrao (10316) 2007-09-18 4:38
Fantastic view Bulent, nice colors and composition. Thanks for sharing.
baba_flies (8829) 2007-09-20 7:22
Hello Bulent! This is really funny that you have a similar intro on your starter page, searching for something else and staying ... maybe forever :) I "travelled" through your gallery and I found this that - as so many others before me - has fascinated me right away. You had a brilliant position for making this photo and I like that there is just the pale sand and the vivid colors of the fabric. This is truly an impressive view and a perfect photo. Thanks for going up for us ... this is great. Barbara.
Vagabond (5848) 2007-09-23 14:52
Exceptional picture with great composition and very high definition and strong colours. A piece of ART ..
Superb point of view ..
vero07 (1781) 2007-10-02 11:45
Amazing shot! wonderful colours those of the balloon and great contrast with the colour of the sand surrounded it. Perfect POV.
Thanks for sharing and thanks for your useful information also.
tmx (1324) 2007-10-10 9:49
fantastic perspective and colors, Bulent. I think, the other told everything, but I could just look at that picture all the time. best work!
keribar (43841) 2007-10-23 22:51
A balloon flight OK, but so different of whet we see all the time: Nowadays these hot air balloon flights have become routine in Turkey, and we see a lot of pictures, but here I am impressed by the desert below: Perhaps I would have cropped the edge of the village, I am not sure , I would have tried to look. Your story, very professional and comprehensive, is also pure delight.
Take care , and hope to finally see you soon. - Izzet
daddo (24420) 2007-11-12 17:54
Merhaba Bulent. An exquisitely crafted shot.The harmony of the colours is the strong feature here.The balloon is perfectly placed and finds small echoes of its shape in the roundish mounds.Beautiful work, a joy to behold. Regards. Klaudio.
danos (87551) 2008-01-05 12:50
absolutely impressive this shot of the hot air balloon over Luxor.You were of course, in the other balloon to shot this photo.The colours are contrasted perfect with the sand and create a memorable capture.Fabulous photo,as your very educational note.
Have a nice weekend,Danos
Matthew-Watt (5956) 2008-01-10 18:44
In only one generation of human life, we have gone from the events at Kittyhawke to the Mars Rover! It has not been without its struggles and disasters, but it has revolutionized the planet. My great great grandfather, the inventor James Watt achieved this in a different way, by improving the steam engine and sparking the industrial revolution. But none can rival Leonardo da Vinci, whom if alive today would be overwhelmed with the technology 'descended' from his brilliance, the helicopter to name just one!
Now to your photo, it certainly deserves its popularity as the perspective is unbeatable and the colours are vibrant and enjoyable. I also like the undulation of the landscape and the tracks in the sand. The image is sharp, well defined and the clarity is wonderful. It was also good to include that small slither of village in the top left corner. It really is a wondrous sight.
Valerka (8171) 2008-05-04 9:56
It is a shot I don't know why I've passed by unseeing.
Now I find it so intriguing and nice with the contrast between the desert colour and the lively cheerful colours of the hot air balloon.
I bet the man is happy not being dropped in the desert though:)
jvachon (548) 2008-10-27 5:32
Thank you firstly for this beautiful image of the balloon and then also of the very informative notes.
A very good POV of a very impressive balloon. I love the geometric patterns and colours.
I have more balloons shots in TL. I shall have to peruse your gallery.
edytungkal (4551) 2008-12-01 21:47
This absolutely a fantastic point of view with perfect composition, i think it could not be better. Really like it Bullent and i'm lucky found it on your galeries.
claud26point2 (1418) 2009-12-13 19:52
This is a beautiful shot of the hot air balloon in Egypt. I like the detail in the patterns of the sand against the brightly colored balloon. Were you in a balloon when you took this photo? I did this in Cappadocia, Turkey last year - a thrill of a lifetime!
agjika (3616) 2010-03-12 15:26
This photo needs no comment it is just awsome.
Thank you for sharing
tiagoalmeida (1475) 2010-08-01 5:13
nice colours and a great effect
kiasari (62) 2010-12-19 12:19
You chose a good POV to take this shot. A nice photo with a well managed framing and superb colors. Well done!
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-04-11 7:12
Stunning image. Everything is good about this image. Great geometry, colors, sharpness and pov.
gmg (4202) 2011-05-09 9:44
I like the multicoloured hot air balloon floating over the ochre desert. Nice composition (good POV!) and good tones.
macjake (57074) 2011-07-16 2:46
this one cannot be missed!
at first glance, i'm thinking to myself that a less centred approache would have better suited the scene.
but the more i view it, it doesn't matter because of the overall beauty of it! the strong color contrasts, and high quality of the image itself.
the mounds on the ground also compliment the rounded balloon.
ricochet (9696) 2011-10-15 13:48
Great image with excellent views in height, lovely colors and I like the minimalist composition!
Island (610) 2011-12-18 14:22
this is a beautiful picture. The colours are wonderful and the contrast too!Details and sharpness are perfect!
Thanks for sharing.
Best regards :)
nikkitta (14858) 2012-01-23 12:49
What more to say about this capture?
Like the POV
Also the contrast with the desert and great not to include some ruins of Luxor
Great composition TFS
Thanks a lot for the WS and the note explaining it, First time I saw the 2 tower in a right position
My Nikon is p7000 not a D700o, , lots of limitations but easy to manage and very light
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4798) 2012-01-30 18:16
Wow! The POV is breathtaking! a topshot indeed! Fantastic colors! I bet the moment was wonderful! Well said note!
kennyblack (4207) 2012-09-01 12:32
Great optical frame effects. The color contrast of the balloon on the light brown background are strong and attracts' s eye to admire an unusual view of the balloon below the viewer. Very beautiful diagonals created by the underlying soil. Very very explanatory note. Thank you for having shared with us all.
Warm Regard's .... Marino
Susus7 (100) 2013-03-02 8:50
Just beautiful! MANY years ago, I almost got to go to Egypt with my track team in High School, but I was not fast enough..I ranked #9 when only 7 were picked to go! Oh well, maybe some day. When attending hot air balloon festivals ( never had the privilege yet to fly up in one), one can not help but take 100's of photos of the sights and colors seen floating up together!
Bulent, now that I have read up on your website about your lectures and art, when will you be presenting next in the Va. and DC area? I would love to hear one of your talks with my husband ( who loves math,history and physics) and children ( who love to learn all they can).
kato (11630) 2013-05-29 5:08
You're capturing well this by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see colorful air balloon and the desert under one's view. The whole is harmonized beautifully.
Noel_Byrne (24856) 2013-12-20 3:16
I came back to admire once again your amazing shot of the monument before the HUGE moon, and spotted this beauty as well. I love the fact that you captured this colorful balloon from such a unique viewpoint, its rare that we look down on a balloon, and the swirling pattern of its design is really beautiful, especially in such contrast to the dry barren land below. Beautiful!
mcmtanyel (14137) 2014-03-19 20:44
Selamlar Bülent Bey,
I still hope we can catch up somewhere. The family was talking about going to Washington D.C. this summer, maybe then?
So you were on a hot air balloon, I am envious. Excellent composition, great colors.
Why are you going to Istanbul with trepidation?
miumiu (6021) 2014-06-09 2:49
The composition is really exceptional.
Have a nice day
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (35747)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-06-10
- Categories: Transportation
- Camera: Nikon D-70, 18-70mm DX Zoom Nikkor
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Hot Air Balloons from Above, Impressive Shots [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-05-20 9:34
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