A balloon that has just risen from the school yard of Ayia Marina is greeting the Castle, that's been there since the 11th century. I cropped a wider, hurriedly taken frame to create this composition. Another lucky capture which made me think about contrasts.
A larger group of balloons had already flown away a little earlier. After a while, we saw them as tiny dots, flying over the castle. Who knows what happened then, whether any of them is still wandering the Aegean or maybe made it to Turkey, as they were headed to the East.
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ikeharel (77325) 2014-06-16 7:57
Not an easy task to catch a rising baloon, especially on a windy day - but managed superbly with the clarity and contrast.
The ancient castyle prominently abobe town, surrounded with rocky barren land, that the bright daylight enhanced its contourlines.
Nice taken a swift action on that moment.
Nicou (149898) 2014-06-16 8:03
Quel beau ballon qui s'envole sueprbe iamge et cpatage dans le ciel pur et limpide avec cette forteresse sueprbe compo et vue.
Bravo et amitié
lousat (96799) 2014-06-16 8:46
Ciao Ourania,il pallone rosso nel cielo è come la ciliegina sulla torta,bellissima cattura,con il tocco originale per completare la vista sul vecchio castello,luce calda e colori eccezzionali,ottima davvero! Buona serata,Luciano
pajaran (65116) 2014-06-16 9:32
Dobar dan, popodne.
Interesantan tekst o starom dvorcu i dogadjaju sa balonima, lep pogled i trenutak ...
Dobar rad, lepo pokazano mesto i balon koji odlazi, lepe boje.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela, srecno.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
An interesting article about the old castle and the event with balloons, beautiful views and a moment ...
Good work, good place and shown the balloon that goes, pretty colors.
Nice afternoon and all the best in the new week that started, good luck.
papagolf21 (108151) 2014-06-16 11:10
Le lâcher de ballon volontaire ou non donne à la composition un effet tout particulier sur le lecteur.
L'édifice prend une autre dimension.
Très bonne réactivité.
Noel_Byrne (33434) 2014-06-16 11:35
Once again, I bow to your timing. This is a beautiful image, and without doubt one of a kind. It is a stark contrast, something so fleeting beside something so permanent. The balloon seems to represent youth, filled with life and energy and color, throwing itself to the wind to see where the world will take it. The castle on the other hand represents wisdom. It knows its place and has seen all this before. Its stature says that its been there a while, and is happy in its place. A long time since the castle considered taking to the eastern wind, but I don't think it really cares anyway.
Beautiful image Ourania, as always, thank you!
mesutilgim (97222) 2014-06-16 12:16
Hello dear Ourania,
Up up and away !
Interesting capture, well observed and executed.
TFS and best regards
holmertz (58340) 2014-06-16 12:42
Again a perfectly timed and perfectly cropped photo. Another fine proof that simplicity is often the best solution.
jhm (159006) 2014-06-17 5:27
I thought first at a weather balloon, yet almost everyday become helium balloons in the air for weather and air studies, but than can you see a small bag with the aperture, she ask at the public for this back the station to send.
Excellent perspective and depth picture.
Composition and presentation be superb.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
Sergiom (87281) 2014-06-17 6:06
J'aime beaucoup l'originalité de cette composition. Le ballon est parfaitement placé dans l'image et laisse beaucoup d'espace au paysage en arrière plan.
Silvio1953 (151743) 2014-06-17 12:12
Ciao Ourania "Ma nulla paga il pianto del bambino a cui fugge il pallone tra le case", deliziosa composizione col pallone che se ne vola via sopra le rovine del vecchio castello, ottima nitidezza e magnifici colori caldi, bravissima, ciao Silvio
jcpix (13930) 2014-06-17 20:35
I must admit, I was a little unsure about this one when I first noticed it...but the more I've looked it over in conjunction with your notes, it's actually rather pleasing.
As your title states, it is an odd couple, and that's one of the big reasons this has garnered more of my interest. The contrast of element is unquestionable, and the fact you caught this so spontaneously is what makes it even more fascinating. I don't think too many people would have the intuition to grab a camera...but you did, and I'll be darned, it worked! :)
As if drifting on in bliss, this image has the same type of wistful appeal...just a simple pleasure of watching the world in passing. Smartly taken! Have a great day ahead. All the best.
abmdsudi (57176) 2014-06-18 10:08
A simple shot as the balloon complements the main feature which is well juxtapositoned giving a final bit of boost to the whole shot. Lovely colours, textures and clarity bathed in warm light but the high contrast of colour makes the shot work. Excellent, tfs
jemaflor (102297) 2014-06-20 23:53
Well composed with fortress and balloon in the blue sky, nice colors and exposure, tfs.
nikkitta (17068) 2014-06-21 15:06
What eye catching capture, like the colorful balloon that seems suspended in the sky and also creating contrast as was your idea
Very well done, must be quick to have it flying
Buen fin de semana