Frans Gunterus  

Cappadocia Balloon by Frans Gunterus

June 2020 - Cappadocia Balloon

June 2020 - Frans Gunterus


About the Image(s)

Canon 6D, 1/80 sec at f/8.0, ISO 640, EF 70-200 f/4 L IS USM at 200 mm.

Every morning, more than 100 balloons fly in Cappadocia - Turkey. This is the only place in the world where hundreds of balloons fly nearly every single morning, giving over 2000 visitors a day experience of a lifetime. I have to squeeze among 40 people in the hot air balloon giant basket to take pictures. They charged around US $ 145—250/person. Look at the original image. That was the real lighting condition for the cost. Most of my travel friends complain and discarded their photos. They are expecting to get pictures out of their camera like those they saw in the internet. They don’t believe when I said all photos in the internet are mostly been edited until I showed this ‘before’ and ‘after’ images.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
11 comments posted

Richard White   Richard White
(Groups 36 & 46)
Frans, this is a great shot. However, I thought you might have adjusted a littlebit more to make it an outstanding photo to show your friends what a little adjustment can do. I used curves and color adjustment to bring out the color of the ballon and to bring out the interesting landscape. On my next trip to Turkey, I will take the flight. Hope you don't mind I worked on your photo, just too good a photo.   Posted: 06/02/2020 15:25:24
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Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Hi Rich, thanks for your editing. Definitely, it looks much more stunning. Would you share with us how you tweak your curve and color adjustment? I would much appreciate that.   Posted: 06/04/2020 21:05:12

Lamar Nix   Lamar Nix
This is a really fine image. Congratulations. My sense is that this was early morning when the light is very fragile. Your adjusted version creates that impression, whereas your initial image does not. I prefer your version to Richard's, which to my eye creates enough background detail to take emphasis away from the balloon.

As a suggestion, if you use spot metering rather than matrix metering on your EOS 6D, you will tend to get your desired result out of the camera, in my experience.   Posted: 06/09/2020 14:41:11
Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
I normally use spot metering. In this case it does not matter what metering we are using the real situation was quiet hazy. Thanks for your comments Nik.   Posted: 06/11/2020 03:33:16

Judy Murphy   Judy Murphy
Lovely image. I might suggest working on tweaking the light and shadows on the diagonal ridge line to enhance their shapes and tones; add a bit more depth and scale.   Posted: 06/12/2020 17:51:29

San Yuan   San Yuan

Visiting Cappadocia on a hot air balloon is definitely on my bucket list. You have processed the image very well focusing our attention on the ballon that is sidelit by the rising sun. There is lots of depth to this image, which is often hard to convey shooting from above.   Posted: 06/17/2020 01:13:20
Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Hi San, thanks for your comments. This image gives me a lot of lessons to learn. The RAW file that was almost discarded brought me six accepted points from different Photo Circuits.   Posted: 06/17/2020 06:54:46

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Very nice treatment of the initial pict + nice suggestions from Richard. I love the contrasty colors from the mountainous background.   Posted: 06/19/2020 18:13:49
Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Thanks Pierre.   Posted: 06/20/2020 00:15:34

Todd Paige   Todd Paige
Hi Frans,

I really like the perspective of looking down on the balloon and landscape. Also, the light and color tone on the balloon. My only suggestion would be to consider a slightly tighter crop. In this case I just applied an 8.5x11 aspect ratio.

Todd   Posted: 06/24/2020 16:58:29
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Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Hi Todd. Thanks for your comments.   Posted: 06/24/2020 20:58:51