Balloons Over Bagan
Forty-five minutes after we lifted off, the sun had risen and we had landed. And in keeping with ballooning tradition, we enjoyed a glass of champagne to toast the ancient city of Bagan.
Balloons Over BaganA shot taken with the Leica M9 + Noctilux lens. The sandy shores of the Irrawaddy River can be seen in the distance.
Balloons Over BaganEven backlit, the balloons add a dramatic touch to an already spectacular scene.
Balloons Over BaganNikon’s 14-24mm lens was invaluable on the shoot. For a cool effect, consider including the top of your balloon in the frame.
Balloons Over BaganYou could almost reach out and touch the palms.
Balloons Over BaganIdeally, there will be enough light to illuminate the balloons around you. In this case, the sun’s offset plus some highlighting and color work in Adobe Photoshop was sufficient to allow the balloons to maintain color and detail.
Balloons Over BaganGliding serenely just above the temples.
Balloons Over BaganSmoke and mist add to the ethereal quality of the experience. The pervasive use of wood stoves creates quite a bit of smoke and haze throughout Myanmar.
Balloons Over BaganThe occasional roar of the flame is the only sound you hear while soaring.
Balloons Over BaganThe 1944 Chevrolet buses support a single balloon for take off.
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