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This is the second of a few pieces I’ll be uploading that were captured from a hot air balloon, drifting over Cappadocia, Turkey.

A ride in one of these balloons has been on my ‘things to do before I die’ list for a long time. I really can’t think of a better place to experience it than Cappadocia. The volcanic land forms are unique and almost alien to this planet. Staying here for a few days was one of the many highlights of my recent trip to Europe.

Drifting overland at dawn, we saw what looked like 100 other balloons taking off in the distance and crossed paths with them over the flights duration.

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These two images shown below, were shot at different times during the flight. I blended them with textures from – free use stock, as well as some of my own. More balloons added and endless manipulating all completed in Photoshop CS4.

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Original images:

Canon 50D
18 – 55, 58mm

Edited 11pm


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Andrew is a Melbourne born, independent photographic artist who has exhibited and sold works globally.

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  • Angela King-Jones
    Angela King-Jonesover 3 years ago

    Instant Parmi classic! Instant Ang fav! brilliant!

  • Haha, thanks a lot Ang! Glad you like this one, I had fun putting it together :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenover 3 years ago

    Fantastic image Andrew…….looks awesome !!

  • Thank you very much Sean! Thrilled to hear that mate!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Glenn Stephenson
    Glenn Stephensonover 3 years ago

    Incredible work Andrew, well done:)

  • Thanks a lot Glenn, appreciate that mate! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Andrew Simoni
    Andrew Simoniover 3 years ago

    Wow so awesome! Cross this off your list and get some shots from in one of those balloons!

  • One massive cross for this one, such a great experience mate, I’d recommend it to anyone, especially with a camera in hand! Thanks very much, Andrew!!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Andrew Simoni
    Andrew Simoniover 3 years ago

    Wow so awesome! Cross this off your list and get some shots from in one of those balloons!

  • Ahh de ja vu.. hahaha ;)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • EvaAn68
    EvaAn68over 3 years ago

    Can’t say much else then…. WOOOOOOOOOW!!! ;D

  • Well, I can’t ask for much more than that Eva! Thanks a million, mate! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Trish Woodford
    Trish Woodfordover 3 years ago

    What an incredible experience, being up in the air amongst all those balloons – definite bucket list moment!! Fantastic image and postwork here Andrew :)

  • Thanks so much, Trish!! Can’t even describe what I felt up there, it was a life changing experience, that’s for sure!! I’d definitely do it again, just need to find another great country to do it in. Really glad I could share this one with you, mate :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Silvia Ganora
    Silvia Ganoraover 3 years ago

    Awesome work Andrew! Must have been a fantastic experience. I’m afraid of flying but this is so tempting! :)

  • Thanks very much, Silvia! Ah, I can reassure you it’s the smoothest sensation, you don’t feel the movement of the balloon at all, even at take off and landing. It drifts with the wind, so there’s nothing to shake it. I hope one day you get to do it!! It’s a great experience :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Melanie Simmonds
    Melanie Simmondsover 3 years ago

    I’ve done this very trip in Cappadocia so this brings back memories! Such a beautiful way to start the day :o)
    What a wonderfully finished image :o)

  • Ah, I’m really happy to hear that, Melanie! It’s an incredible part of the planet, would go back for sure. Glad this one brought back memories for you, thank you very much! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Sonia de Macedo-Stewart
    Sonia de Maced...over 3 years ago

    Amazing Andrew, what an experience that must have been, I can’t begin to picture the thrill in your guts and your eyes and your camera ;-) gorgeous post, really enhances the mood and vibe, another wow!

  • So happy to hear you like this one Sonia! Thank you so much, mate :) It was an awe inspiring experience, one that will stay with me for the rest of my time. Pleasuring being able to share these with you :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

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