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Hot air balloons seek safety below the rim of the canyon as a thunderstorm approaches.

Hot air balloons seek safety below the rim of the canyon as a thunderstorm approaches.
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21 Comments |
Karine
 
Karine December 01, 2013
breathtaking photo!
jefflaidlaw
 
jefflaidlaw December 03, 2013
Wonderful image. Where is this ?
nystylist79
 
nystylist79 December 03, 2013
great sho
CarolePallier
 
CarolePallier December 03, 2013
incredible shot!!! the balloons look so vibrant against a neutral background.
mihaileu
 
mihaileu December 17, 2014
Gorgeous!
donnarenzulli Ultimate
 
donnarenzulli December 18, 2014
Magical image. Great composition and colors.
blueberrydragon
 
blueberrydragon December 18, 2014
I love this!Congrats on being a finalist!
blueberrydragon
 
blueberrydragon December 18, 2014
This couldn't be the Grand Canyon is it?I'm guessing maybe Utah?I'm baffledLove it regardless anyhow lol
viewbug_georgem
 
viewbug_georgem January 03, 2015
Fantastic!
rmr731 Platinum
 
rmr731 January 14, 2015
Congrats on being a finalist! Awesome snap!
rjchipelo
 
rjchipelo January 15, 2015
Incredible shot! voted in Dramatic shots!
Stretton
 
Stretton January 31, 2015
Love the light on everything, great capture
Geesdigital
 
Geesdigital February 01, 2015
Awesome!
valeriemurchie-stolpe
 
valeriemurchie-stolpe September 11, 2015
Wonderful!
texaaronpueschel Platinum
 
texaaronpueschel September 23, 2015
This one gets it! So many award winning elements are.
ConnieFresn Platinum
 
ConnieFresn October 16, 2015
Wow!
Vi_Ponomarova
 
Vi_Ponomarova November 19, 2015
Amazing shot! I am excited! It looks like another planet))
allanloose
 
allanloose June 11, 2016
Wow
Hiking_the_Golden_State
 
Hiking_the_Golden_State July 22, 2016
Incredible image!
oldgal
 
oldgal December 18, 2016
Delightful work !!!
West_H PRO+
 
West_H May 08, 2018
The rock’s color cast doesn’t match the lighting that would be produced by a stormy sky such as this. Also your mask is to sharp along the tops of the mountains. The balloons almost look natural.
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Behind The Lens

Location

Arches National Park.

Time

It was taken in late afternoon when the sun was beginning to approach the horizon. It gave the shadows to highlight the ruggedness of the terrain.

Lighting

The intensity of the sun lowering in a late afternoon landscape is essential to dramatic shadows and depth perception.

Equipment

Sony A350. It was hand held.

Inspiration

Every aviator whether fixed wing, rotary wing, balloon, etc. has or will face the challenge of approaching adverse weather, lowering ceiling above and rough terrain below. This picture brings that challenge into focus. I depicted two hot air balloons in a deep valley with a storm just over the rim. The balloonists guiding their machines will have to make a decision. Do we land here or continue on?

Editing

Yes. The land was tinted from its original red-brown and the sky was darkened to depict the potential onset of turbulent air.

In my camera bag

When I carry my bag I usually have 4 lenses: Sigma 20mm, 50mm, 105mm macro and a 70-200mm zoom.

Feedback

I most cases those who have experience in a particular field have a much more emotional reaction to a photo in that field. Airplanes are most exciting, but capturing them in flight is tremendously exciting. I have some flying experience. So it was easy to appreciate the emotions these pilots of these balloons would feel in that situation.

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