One of the presents I received when I retired was an "adventure" token. I chose to go up in a hot air balloon. This photograph was made during the early stages of the inflation of the huge envelope. Hot air was blasted in the bottom vent, while several people, both inside and outside the balloon sorted out all the strings. Of course I took a load of photographs during the flight, but when I came to look at them, this image seemed to me to be more interesting from a photographic/compositional point of view than the vistas of misty countryside. A sense of the vast size of the envelope, which supported a basket that could take 16 people, can be seen here, with the 3 people giving a sense of scale.
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finlay (1583) 2012-11-15 6:12
What a great kaleidoscope of colour. I like how one section of the ballon makes a "carpet" whilst the rising section fans out in a spread of colour. The three people working in the background add to the sense of perspective as well as providing an idea of scale.
Schnappilic (9692) 2012-11-15 6:19
Excellent idea and perfect framing. The result is huge!
All the best!
CLODO (35754) 2012-11-15 7:15
If I understand well, you are in the big and colored balloon; as you underline, the 3 persons give the scale of this huge enveloppe.
yquem46 (38752) 2012-11-15 7:52
Really a super image !
Nice colors of the balloon spread like a succession of rainbows
have a nice evening, bravo, I like that
Royaldevon (43417) 2012-11-15 12:04
I think this is just stunning!
The balloon is like a giant fan, radiating colours.
The figures were essential for creating the scale, therefore, adding magnitude to the balloon.
I like how the layers on the floor lead into the the focal area of the shot, giving a sense of preparation, but without the vivid impact of the partially inflated balloon.
My warm regards,
batalay (40405) 2012-11-15 12:13
From the thumbnail imaage it is impossible to see how captivating a shot this is. The individuals, especially the one seen in silhouette at the center of the gigantic hot air balloon offers an excellent scaling factor. The radiating pattern of colors, the light management, the depth of field... all collaborate to make this a first rate photo.
Energysavingelk (2826) 2012-11-15 12:53
the idea to take such a capture is not far away - but up to the present day I never saw anyone do it...
Good management of light, and well done.
Regards from Rhineland
ACL1978 (7511) 2012-11-15 13:06
This is a real feast, Will - expansive, colorful... it feels much bigger than it actually is due to the patters and lines throughout, all focusing in on the people at center with the parachute radiating out from them. Extraordinary light, wonderfully managed.
tyro (26142) 2012-11-15 13:51
This is a truly fabulous photograph!
The wonderful graphics and the tremendously vibrant colurs add up to make this a really remarkable picture. It almost looks as though you are actually inside the balloon as it starts to inflate, but I strongly suspect, that, as a passenger, you were not allowed inside.
It could easily be said that any picture taken this close to an inflating hot air balloon could not fail to be impressive but I don't believe that: you have here composed the picture perfectly, probably not in ideal circumstances, but have also made the very most of the light, some of which is reflected off the fabric of the balloon and some of which is actually coming through the fabric which is lit from the other side.
Fabulous colours, wonderful lines and stunning sharpness and detail!
carlo62 (55004) 2012-11-15 15:34
bello scatto, molto colorato ed interessante.
L'idea è molto originale e le persone ci danno le proporzioni.
divail (8334) 2012-11-15 19:17
C'est magnifiquement présenté. Les couleurs remplissent la composition et le graphisme est puissant. Bravo.
worldcitizen (9382) 2012-11-15 20:34
The composition of this photo is wonderful. I feel like I am also inside, surrounded by this huge balloon. The colors are beautiful, and the people really look tiny as they get things ready. It's great that the entire frame is filled with only balloon, and no outside elements such as sky or land.
kabel (1930) 2012-11-15 20:43
Hello, a very nice balloon photo. Great choice for your adventure ticket. Great color amd compositon. It is really fun to watch the inflation process and the rising of the hot air balloon.
annjackman (21903) 2012-11-15 22:07
I am not sure that I could be persuaded to go up in one of these!
I enjoy everything about this picture. I like the way that you have nothing from outside the balloon interfering with the subject. The people give scale to what seems a very large balloon. The near symmetry and coloured shapes are graphically very pleasing. The whole composition hangs together perfectly and the quality is spot on.
Best wishes, Ann
SnapRJW (31629) 2012-11-15 22:12
Hello Will - This is a wonderful look at the interior of the balloon canopy. I love the way you have framed the shot. The lower half of the frame has super textural detail provided by the pleats of the fabric and together with the group of men provide us with the narrative of the story. The inflated section of the balloon has risen up like the interior of a cathedral and reminds me of a beautiful back-lit stained glass window. You have managed the light and colours expertly. TFS a pleasure to see and what a great trip you must have had. Warm regards rosemary
timecapturer (49288) 2012-11-16 4:36
love this! An amazing shot that just jumps out in the t/nails and is stunning full size. The colours and clarity here are vibrant and mesmerising. I love the composition and the effect is just wonderful. Would love this in my gallery. Magic!
Have a great weekend - Brian.
Noel_Byrne (33634) 2012-11-16 11:48
Really cool, the first time I have seen the inside of a balloon like this! The scale is indeed impressive, as you say, the three people really help, but its also like an optical illusion, as the inside of the balloon, where it is inflated, looks like it could also be the outside of the balloon. hard to explain, but a cool effect, and a riot of colour.
All the best
brianmcc (6221) 2012-11-16 13:54
this is a cracker. a very imaginative composition. the colours are wonderful, especially as they are lit from the back with the sunlight. the figures help give scale and context.
have a great weekend,
bukitgolfb301 (45143) 2012-11-17 2:48
Hi dear Will
Greatest shot! Perfrect color and wonderful framework.
Greatest geometrical appraoch. Sharp and clear image as usual. Thanks for your sharing and have a good weekend!
Takero from Tokyo
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2012-11-18 12:22
wow, what a colourful one. You presented it beautifully with nice Depth and clarity. The POV is fine. It is looking like some silhouetted persons are in a pallet of colours. Excellent shot... Tfs.
bayno (18344) 2012-11-18 20:37
You captured a great moment, it seems the tail of a peacock open, beautiful light and colors and a razor sharp...super nice...human presence makes us understand the size of the ball..
have a good day...
delpeoples (59774) 2012-11-19 2:07
Gidday dear Will
What a thoughtful present! And very different from the norm. And what a great chance to get some unique photos. This one's a corker! Despite the difficult light conditions, you captured a superb photo, with great graphism, good light and wonderful perspective. The inclusion of the people are essential here, giving scale and also providing a break to all the geometries. Fantastic shot, congrats.
Have a lovely day
sevy (58) 2012-11-19 7:09
Definitively, air balloons are a great photo subject. It is graphic, colorful, and you kept silhouette of tiny people to share the scale and the huge size of the balloon.
abmdsudi (57728) 2012-11-19 7:36
Lovely photo. Great how one can let the eye stroll from fg to bg, discovering new things to look at every inch of the frame filled by some brilliant colors, shades and patterns of the baloon. The composition itself is gentle and works extremely well in this context with the figs at a perfect spot.with the dark area contrast so well with the brightness of the background. A pleasure to view. Great shot.
emka (106804) 2012-11-23 23:31
Hi Will, What a fantastic present you got for retirement. I haven't received such :(. I would be afraid to go by balloon anyway. I am sure other photos from the air were beautiful too but this one is superb. fantastic shot, the upper part seems three dimensional. Fantastic colours, superb composition, the presence of these 3 man is essential here.
Silvio1953 (153031) 2012-11-27 1:10
Ciao Will, amazing composition with fantastic colors, fascinating artificial rainbow, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
ScudMonkey (380) 2012-11-28 15:12
Lovely use of colour, framing and scale. Great shot.
- Copyright: Will Perrett (willperrett) (11834)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-08-09
- Categories: Festivals, Humorous, Transportation
- Camera: Canon EOS5D, Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Hot Air Balloons, Hot Air Ballons from Inside, Hot air Balloning - Vols en Montgolfière, Abstraction, Transports of Delight [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-11-15 5:25