Making sense of my photography hobby in retirement


One of the things that some say one must do before you die is to go hot-air ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey. So it was that on a crisp, clear, windless morning in 2007 that we were picked up from our hotel at 4.30 am to travel to the launch site by bus.  Dawn was just breaking when we arrived to observe much frantic activity as the balloon crews were readying some 20 hot-air balloons for the morning’s flights.  When all was ready we climbed aboard, the anchor ropes were released, and we started our accent.  The roar of the burners overhead took the chill off the morning air as we slowly rose over the fairy landscape that makes this part of Cappadocia so famous.

This image was captured during take-off and is one of my favourites from the photographs taken that morning.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7 1/100sec, F4.0, ISO 80


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