Preparing To Fly by Sam Sneddon

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A few years ago, Mildura hosted the World Hot Air Balloon Championships. I headed up there for a few days to enjoy the event. Travelling with the competitors was great as I got to see how quickly they measured the weather conditions and set up their balloons. About 80 balloons were raised at about the same time, many of them side-by-side like this, in a rush to take advantage of the best wind conditions. Not only were they pushing against each other on the ground, but the balloons would also bump each other in the air, it was really an amazing sight.


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Passionate photographer who loves to shoot seascapes and discover unknown and unseen treasures along Victoria’s coastline. Innovate not Imitate is the philosophy I try to shoot by. Panoramic photography is my forte, but sometimes I have to force myself in to shooting other formats to best compliment the scene.

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  • Paul Louis Villani
    Paul Louis Vil...almost 7 years ago

    Just beautiful mate! :D

  • Deri Dority
    Deri Dorityalmost 7 years ago

    Such an amazing shot. The reflection, the colors, every thing is perfect here.

  • Lachlan Kent
    Lachlan Kentalmost 7 years ago

    Lovely colours and framing… I particularly like the dynamic feel of the balloons progressively getting higher (on the left-hand side)

  • phlbns
    phlbnsalmost 7 years ago

    Nice shot Sam…something that is on my list to witness..looks great fun as well.

  • AdamDonnelly
    AdamDonnellyalmost 7 years ago

    This is great. It’s like the balloons are part of a choreographed dance. Fantastic colours. Well captured.

  • abefleur
    abefleuralmost 7 years ago

    amazing – love the panoramic and the reflection wonderful

  • Lisa  Kenny
    Lisa Kennyalmost 7 years ago

    Brilliant Sam!

  • Mandy Fell
    Mandy Fellalmost 7 years ago

    another stunning image….great work

  • Fred Frank
    Fred Frankalmost 7 years ago

    Great colors and sharpness Sam. All lined up for take off.

  • Gisele Bedard
    Gisele Bedardalmost 7 years ago

    A wow factor Sam ,i love it.

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