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Serengeti Balloon Safari

Serengeti Balloon Safari
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Copyright: Kath Featherstone (feather) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7646 W: 399 N: 14391] (51130)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-22
Categories: Nature, Transportation, Decisive Moment
Camera: Nikon D200, AF Nikkor 70-300 ED, RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Tanzanian Safaris & Zanzibar R&R
Theme(s): Daniel's Favorites Feb 27, 2008 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-25 0:00
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Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 186
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I’m back after a few weeks break. We went to Tanzania and Zanzibar and then I processed a selection of photos for my website before returning.

I’m starting with a photo of our balloon safari. We were up at 5:30am to be collected in jeeps and transported to the launch site. Two balloons fly every morning at 6:30am when the sun rises. Each balloon basket holds 16 people. We actually didn’t see many animals during the flight, except some gazelles, a hyena and a male lion stalking some giraffes just after taking off, but too far away for a photo. I wonder what the outcome of that was. It was, however, a memorable experience, especially when we saw the eruption of the volcano Oldoinyo Lengai. You can see the smoke on the horizon (left)

At 2879m Oldoinyo Lengai is in the East Africa Rift Valley in the Ngorongoro Conservation area. It is the only volcano still active in Tanzania and the only active carbonatite lava volcano in the world. It is sacred to the Maasai, the name meaning “Mountain of God”. There are treks to climb to the crater rim. Rather them than me! Edit Pat found this amazing website about the volcano. Thanks Pat.

The flight was for an hour, after which we drank champagne and had a cooked breakfast out in the bush served by waiters dressed traditionally. The green wellies spoilt the effect though. ;D

I should have changed the ISO and the aperture but the previous shot needed the high ISO and in my excitement I didn’t change it. I don’t think it detracts too much.

There is a complementary image in the WS

ISO 400, FL 300mm

I wasn't sure which region to place this in. According to the websites I checked most of the Serengeti is in the Mara region. That implies some of it is in a different region, but I can't find where the region borders are. This was around the Seronera area of the Serengeti so if I've got it wrong maybe one of you will let me know.

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  • TopGeo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4033 W: 93 N: 8299] (38220)
  • [2008-02-25 0:07]

Hi Kath! Good picture from a safari with Balloon and a chromatic beauty the background good gold colours and perfect composition and idea!

Ciao Kath
what a impressive picture, so well composed and with a stunnig light, all my compliments!!

... and, yes I'm back... :o))

Have a nice day,

Wonderful image! I liked the composition, light, colors and POV. Well done. Carme.

Hi Kath. Great photo. There is a nice symmetry between the balloon and the ash cloud. Wonderful dawn colours lend their warmth to this shot also. Thanks for sharing.
Cheers, Paul.

Bonjour Kath
Très joli cliché avec ce ballon qui s'élève dans un ciel aux magnifiques couleurs alors que le jour se lève et que la terre est encore dans les brumes matinales. C'est l'Afrique telle que j'ai eu le plaisir de la découvrir.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.

Hi Kath!

Welcome back! What a great way to begin your series with this tremendous shot, coupling a balloon and the volcano fume, that are echoing each other visually. Great balance achieved with these two elements in your composition. The sunset is gorgeous with all these golden hues.



Hi Kath,
A great way to have a break!
And splendid morning for a balloon flight. It's good that there's two of them so you could include the other one on your shot. I like the warm morning light. You got the balloon and volcano perfectly placed, and you needed some luck on that too, as there was no way to choose your PoV!
I didn't know about the volcano. I guess it doesn't erupt very often as I don't remember it from numerous nature documents from that region.

hi kath,
i'd strongly stick to the "decisive moment" category in this case (you marked the tag, of course...:-)
it's one of those moments that do not repeat TOO OFTEN, isnt it?...
fabulous african scape here...
best wishes, j.

Hello Kath,
Nice to see a new post from you after a few weeks...And what an image...very rare as a moment with the Balloon basket and the very nice lighting all over the scene.Fascinating for sure!

Have a nice week,

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  • alainh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3770 W: 143 N: 6587] (33209)
  • [2008-02-25 0:34]

hello Kath
what a famous place for a ballon safari. one of the last great animal site of our earth. very nice picture, good timing.
have a nice day Kath

Welcome home Featherstone!
A dream shot from a dream place!
Or a nightmare share with an eruption detail?

No matter what it is, i know that your adventure takes place in all the "100 things to do before getting old" books. I envy!

The balloon + smoke duo is an amazing compo, what a are moment full of luck!

I envy more!

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  • vincz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2604 W: 77 N: 5252] (19113)
  • [2008-02-25 0:40]

Great to see you back, And with such a dreamy picture. Wide landscape, very nice cloud formation, I love this early morning quiet atmosphere. i enjoyed balloons ride here and there in the world, looks like this place is a great one as well to enjoy immensity.

Glad you're back... And with such quality picture :o)
Amazing tones, balanced compo, a great one, I 'm waiting for your next posts from Africa !

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14271 W: 1034 N: 28588] (135918)
  • [2008-02-25 0:56]

Hi Kath & good to see you back!

A marvellous sunset, with warm orange colours, & superb silhouettes & graphism of the hot air balloon. Good sharpness also. Tfs!

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9146 W: 57 N: 15351] (56892)
  • [2008-02-25 1:04]

Hi Kath,
Welcome back, good to see you again. Your first photo is really wonderful, I hope you had a nice trip to Tanzania and Zanzibar. You caught a beautiful morning atmosphere with a great light on the clouds. Good inclusion of the balloon and I like that the volcanic smoke has about the same shape. Thanks a lot for sharing!

Really a fantastic pov capture and perfectly combined the strange clouds on the left, it looks like the baloon, isn't it. If you less the brighness a little bit maybe you can get the darker picture. Nevertheless it really a great picture Kath, i like it.


Hello Kath,
and welcome back. The foreground with the different layers and those charateristic lonely trees is beautiful, the clouds in the background with that light shining is splendid, good timing for this beautiful image. I think it will be nicer for those lucky people from the balloon.
Kind Regards.

Hi Kath, wow, definitely Tanzania/Zanzibar is one of the places I'd like to go, so looking forward to your shots :) Good you've caught that balloon there, to illustrate this experience, I like how it goes with the other large vertical element in the compo, that "tornado"-like cloud, somehow "echoing" the balloon in the distance... I believe this shot would have been very successful even without the balloon... emphasizing the sight of these African plains at this special time of the day... TFS! Daniel

Hello Kath,
An amazing composition, where the balloon in some strange way is balanced by the cloud formation!
Lovely colours in the early morning light, a great feeling of depth in the wonderful landscape...
Pablo -

Hello Kath,
A wonderful picture to return with! A lovely well balanced composition with superb tones and clarity.

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  • Gerrit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5832 W: 95 N: 9345] (52961)
  • [2008-02-25 1:39]

Hi Kath,
welcome back! You haver visited a place with a magical name. Must be great to see this area from above. Beautiful colours and composition, excellent work.
Regards, GErrit

Hi Kath,
I like this atmospheri, light and POV.
The contrast and colors are very beautiful.
Have a nice week.

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  • Paolo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 144 N: 8842] (41250)
  • [2008-02-25 1:46]

Hi kath, welcome back.
a wonderufl one from you last travel, and a great one!
excellent colours on that fantastic african sky!
thanks, ciao

Stunning shot Kath,
I just cancel a trip to Kenya, due to political problems. I will go in South Africa at the end of Mars, so it's a real pleasure to see your shot before travelling Africa.
I really like the colours of this one, the placement of the balloon and the smoke of the volcano.

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  • zelo (209)
  • [2008-02-25 2:14]

That's very nice photo...
Colours of the sky perfect...
Well done Kath..

Hi Kath,
Welcome back, hope you had a great trip!
Noise is not annoying in this image, and the shape of the hot air ballon stands out in the sky, you even have a balance with this volcano smoke rising in the distance. What is also nice to see are the tree silhouettes at ground level, not hitting the eye at first glance though. Yeah, champagne for breakfast, sounds good ;-))

Hi Kath
Your balloon experience followed by the champagne breakfast sounds similar to ours in the Australian outback although the waiters weren't traditionnally dressed and the scenery wasn't as pretty as yours. You were so lucky having a volcano erupt as it really gives lots of interest to your photo. The other balloon is so well placed too.

Love this dramatic view of evening sky with the balloon and the eruption. Mindblowing shot !! TFS !!

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  • cbrman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3098 W: 263 N: 4835] (21675)
  • [2008-02-25 3:19]

Hello Kath,

Une superbe mise en paralèlle de cette montgolfière et de ce nuage de fumée au loin ! Une image sublime ! Tu as su capter deux événements en même temps et tu les as parfaitement cadrés !
Bravo !


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  • fryz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 29 N: 251] (1735)
  • [2008-02-25 3:23]

original ce parallélisme
Bien vu Kath

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  • barni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1758 W: 87 N: 1981] (15751)
  • [2008-02-25 3:27]

Hello Kath
Comme c'est beau... je te félicite pour cette image grandiose.
Have a nice day

Nice to see you back, Kath, and I guess you must have had a great time in Serengeti... what a beautiful picture, a balloon and a volcano smoke against the morning sky! excellent...


Hi Kath,
Wonderfull capture. Perfect pov and nice compo. Amazing colors and very good notes. A perfect TE job done !
TFS an
Best regards

Hi Kath ,
Amazing composition and colours you captured on this great image.

hi kath
I was drawn into this one by the thumbnail and title, and wasn't disappointed: it's an unusual, cleverly taken photo packed with beautiful colors and strong composition.

best regards

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  • CMJC Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 754 W: 138 N: 427] (4080)
  • [2008-02-25 4:33]

great the coold like the ballon; and a nice light

Hello Kath! They just showed Out of Africa last night on TV but as I always end up in tears I saved it for another round when I want to suffer just a little :) What a treat instead with your wonderful photo and what a way to travel, I mean the Champagne part is really something and I have to come back to Robert Redford and Meryll Streep when they had a picknick in the bush. Wonderful composition how the balloon moves away and the space left for plenty of room to breath. Very very nice indeed. I love it. Barbara.

salut kath
I am very glad to find you after a long absence, which led you in a beautiful country that I had the chance to visit when I climbed the kili, this balloon in a sky of raising day is brilliant, the chimney of dust points out good memories to me, you begin with this beautiful area of Masaï-Mara great extent of steppe, the continuation can be only superb

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  • stego Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4422 W: 612 N: 7301] (24132)
  • [2008-02-25 6:22]

Hi Kath,
The magic of Africa... Stunning colours and compo. There is much more to appreciate in it, but I like specially the layered compo and the way that the smoke of the volcano balances the balloon.
Regards, José.

Hi Kath,
Lovely great picture and good framing of the balloon..!
Wonderful colours of the beautiful sky....Good shot...!
Well done,

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  • coco Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5177 W: 140 N: 6388] (30439)
  • [2008-02-25 6:46]

Hi Kath and welcome again.

This one is simply amazing and the WS also deserves be seen in TE.
The photo and the note are great and I love your story with that volcan... but overall that marvelous light.

Thanks for sharing.

Good morning Kath -

When Jo and I saw this one yesterday morning we were both in awe of the scene and the composition. We both wondered what the smoke/steam was on the horizon - now we know. So the ISO is off and maybe the aperture could be better you still produced an image that will make you remember this morning for the rest of your life. We think it is a spot on image. And, judging from the comments others think so also.

Thank you for sharing. OBTW, what are the "green wellies? Duh, Wellingtons on the waiters feet!

John and Joanne

nice to have you back Kath,
a marvelous one, great shot, good atmosphere, fantastic quality photo a pleasure for the eyes, good photojob, have a nice evening.
gr. jaap

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  • JCG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5328 W: 737 N: 9440] (35153)
  • [2008-02-25 9:10]
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Hi Kath,

Welcome back. Very beautiful photograph which begins a series on this area from Africa from which I am in a hurry to see the continuation. Splendid sunrise, the colors are sublimes and I like much the atmosphere. Quickly others!!! Thank you Kath.

With all my friendships and a very good evening,


Hi Kath,
Welcome back! This photo is a great one to start your African safari with. The composition is excellent, especially with the way that you balanced out the column of smoke on the left with the balloon on the right. I am really looking forward to your exciting travelogue! Well done!

Hello Kath
Having viewed the pics on your website, I know that you have some real treats lined up for us. And this is indeed one of them. The colours in the sky are just magnificent, but this is so much more than just a sunrise pic - the positioning of the balloon is marvellous, the smoke from the volcano is such a bonus. An excellent shot.
Best wishes

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15450 W: 159 N: 27003] (141836)
  • [2008-02-25 10:20]

Bonsoir Kath,
un joli voyage que vous avez fait,a en voir déjà dans cette image de jolies scénes sous un ciel de lumiére attirante, une belle présentation ainsi le WS qui montre le ballon plus en détails, compliment
Have a nice evening for you

Hi Kath, Lovely to see you posting again, this is a wonderful shot to start with after your break, the early morning light is so beautiful &, the amazing soft golden colours in the sky are gorgeous, brilliantly composed with the balloon to the top right &, the trees add nice scale, really very good, kind regards Wilson.

Gorgeous golden colours in the sky and very well composed with the balloon giving interest in one corner and the smoke plume/trees in the other.

Hi Kath,
Thought you must be away - missed seeing your fine images. This one is impressive - I really like thge hot air balloon feature and the late day colors are stunning. Fine work and TFS. Gerald

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  • plimrn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3999 W: 226 N: 6734] (21344)
  • [2008-02-25 12:37]
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Hi Kath,
Your photo gives a real sense of this magical morning, floating in the glowing light. As many comment, the smoke balances the baloon. Interesting how it almost echos the shape of the balloon. I loved the pictures on your website but missed your fascinating notes so I will have a great time following your trip. , s I had to know more about this fascinating volcano; I expect you found this website
HLJ, Pat

Hello kath,
back with a great composition. I love the colours of begining of the day. The vertical smokes and balloon really balance the picture.
Kind regards

great to see you back kath... tanzania and zanzibar sound so cool... i have a student from zanzibar, he keeps inviting me to his honeland so may be zanzibar would be one of my future destinations... breathtaking view with the smoke(?) coming out of the volcano, mimicking the shape of the baloon... good job as always...


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  • crckt Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 70 N: 1324] (7222)
  • [2008-02-25 14:45]

Hi Kath,
Welcome back! Started off with a beauty. Love the soft light and the warm colors here. The balloon is so beautifully positioned in your frame! Well done.

Bonsoir, chère Kath,
Je suis très heureux de revoir vos photographies. Vous avez fait très fort à travers cette prise de vue. La qualité générale (sujet, couleurs, définition, ...) est remarquable à tous points de vue.
Est-ce à dire qu'il faut aller si loin pour saisir ce magnifique instant.

You're lucky to have such a beuatiful flight. An interesting view and perspective, good composition too. Well done.
Best wishes,

Hi Kath
very beautifull scenery. The cloud and the bloon work well together. And the colors in the sky are amazing.

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13704 W: 295 N: 27294] (109611)
  • [2008-02-26 5:23]

Hello Kath,
welcome back from from your trip in Tanzania and Zanzibar.I hope to spent your time splendid.Marvellous this scene from your fly Safari with the hot air balloons.Excellent the record of the earth as the colours of the sunrise in the background.Informative your note too.


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  • OLF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 642 W: 111 N: 920] (4017)
  • [2008-02-26 12:32]

Hi KAth,
What an amaing come-back. That photograph is wonderfull. The sunset colors are beautifull on that african landscape, and the against the light balloon is really well positionned on the picture.
I like the natural cloud (?) in background wich look like another balloon...
Very good work!

Hi, Kath. Nice to see you back. It must be an exciting experience to fly in a hot air balloon over that kind of region. What I like very much here is the balanced composition with the balloon on the right side and the smoke cloud on the other, both being linked by an imaginary diagonal line. The light is also very good and creates the impression of early morning very well.

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  • Dyerco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 1748 W: 46 N: 2392] (10185)
  • [2008-02-26 20:57]

Hi Kath
the balloon is nicely complimented by the rising cloud on the left. Hey but where are all the giraffs??? Nicely done.

Hi Kath
An absolute stunner. Simply amazing how the volcano plume almost mimics the shape of the balloon. The sky is majestic in pastel shades. The ISO 400 has no visible noises here. Wonderful picture!
Awesome shots in your website. You have tried totally different 'genres' of photography there, Tanzania being more wildlife & Zanzibar, of daily life. Excellent portraits as well as the landscape shots..bravo for all of them! But if these represent a small selection, I can only image that you really had a blast of a trip.

Olá Kath, in your web site I couldn't understand that smoke was from a volcano. Pretty impressive. The balloon is fantastic against the background and from here, seems like a perfect spot to enjoy the dreamy scenery. Love the effect of that orange/yellow stripe - the top part of the picture seems like a sea, which makes this a surreal world. Great start of your travelogue.

Hi Kath,
Beautiful composition with perfect light.Well this is absolutely superb, wonderful warm sky, beuatifully balanced and well focused image.

welcome back to TE and your kick off with the highly anticipated african moments! I certainly will fulfill my own dreams of going to Tanzania through your shots.
The image is perfect. I love to see the multitude horizontal layers in pastel colors been broken by two vertical elements - the balloon and the mushroom-like cloud in the far background.

Hello Kath,
Welcome back! The picture is phantastic with all those beautiful colors. It must be a great experience to make a ballon safari! I look forward to see the rest.

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  • imrek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1165 W: 62 N: 1264] (4)
  • [2008-02-27 8:51]

welcome back Kath!
the colors palette is really pleasant and scene is nicely balanced! It's smoke in the background? In web size is quality very good @ ISO400!



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  • Emile Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4365 W: 152 N: 5590] (20352)
  • [2008-02-27 9:59]

Hola Kath.
Welcome back from your trip.
Wonderful photo with beautiful sunrise colors in the sky and the presence of the balloon and the smoke from the volcano producing a good balance to your shot. Your WS is also an excellent picture. Good work.
Well done.

Hello Kath!

It must be very impressive trip! Great colours and light excellent framing with very good placement of the baloon. Well done!


Hi, Kath -

Welcome back! And a nice way to start off your return, too! Great match between the balloon and the balloon-shaped cloud. The colors are as I remember them, too.

"Mara" as far as I recall is used to describe the part of the Serengeti that is in Kenya, usually "Maasai Mara". Anyway, these terms are not exact.


Hi Kath,

Good to see you returned safely and if this picture is a herald of the photographical results of your trip we can expect some new highlights and maybe even a new quality standard for TE.

Groet Rob

Hi Kath, your photos are aways great. Just excellent photo with perfect composition and colors.

TFS and regards,

Hi Kath. Nice documentary shot. Beautiful perspective. Informative note. Your adventure -- our learning experience. Regards.

Wow Kath
It must have been a wonderful way of traveling over Serengeti!
Great mood and even with an erupting volcano in it.

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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8687 W: 4463 N: 15271] (61475)
  • [2008-02-28 6:57]

Hi Kath
Very nice come back with this beautifull stormy composition and a nice sky on fire.
I'll be glad to see your new collection of pictures.
The picture on the WS should be posted as a main image.

Hello Kath:
Its been a while since I last looked at your gallery.
What a wonderful view. Great view of the horizon with beautiful succession of horizontal lines,
a real amazing shot.

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  • vbl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 454 W: 31 N: 200] (1421)
  • [2008-03-01 7:01]

Hi Kath:
nice picture
Good compo and beautiful colors of sky.
regards, vanessa

Hello Kath,

How nice to see you back after a prolonged absence. But if you will keep treating us to such gems, all is forgiven! This is a spectacular shot of the hot air balloon, the Serengeti below, and the eruption of the volcano in the horizon. A first class shot, and a surpassing note.
Warm regards,

A master between the masters!
Excellent, pure photo!
Great tones, exposure and its mood.
U created a very pleasant atmosphere Kath!!!!


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  • xlgo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 62 W: 0 N: 118] (562)
  • [2008-03-01 13:42]

Hi Kath
Nice to see you back and posting again - it must have been a magical moment to capture such a truly gorgeous photo. Colours are amazing with a beautiful sunrise.

I hope that there will be many more such shots to come in the next few weeks.


As ever, wonderful image, Kath. The early morning light is wonderful out there, isn't it? You've captured the view excellently. The smoke plume also mirrors the shape of the balloon very well.
Kind regards, Paul.

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  • danyy Gold Star Critiquer [C: 8943 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-02 4:31]

Hello Kath,
il reste encore des volcans en activité, et pour des dizaines de millions d'années encore. Mais outre ce volcan, il y a autre chsoe qui est de feu, c' superbe ciel qui est beau et plus vaste encore, vu à partir d'une mongolfière.
Astucieusement cadrée avec des points d'intérêts aux quatre coins de la photo.
Amitié de LIège.


Hello Kath,
Welcome back Kath! Very nice composition with the the balloon and I like much these orange colors, thanks.
Best regards

Hello Kath,
welcome after your trip for Africa.
Your first photo is very good, your POV from the balloon is favoured and offers us a great sight, the incorporation of another balloon in the setting gives a good graphism, and the light and the colors of the sunrise add a great beauty to the image.
In addition, the smoke of the eruption of the volcano is a good complement that you will remind always, for being lucky to be able to immortalize this moment.
A beautiful work.
Friendly regards,

This is something I missed to do in Tanzania when I went to climb the Kilimanjaro mountain. This is an epic shot Kath, it has the emotion and the capacity to brings you inside the scene. Congratulations.

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  • hdl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1402 W: 14 N: 1577] (7035)
  • [2008-03-11 4:59]

Great shot! Must be stunning to be there in the balloon over the prairie. Excellent framing of the balloon and pleasant, soft colours. Great work!

I have no words that can transmit the sensation I'm sure I'll feel if I were in a baloon over Africa, where I lived so many years.
Thank you for sharing...
A SUPERB IMAGE.. .a fav.

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  • Stepan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4529 W: 89 N: 3989] (27210)
  • [2008-03-14 0:27]

The symmetry between the balloon and the cloud is simply amazing and lovely... Excellent compo, in a perfectly managed light.

hello kath
excellent photo with perfect composition and colors. well done

Hi Kath, I am sure this safari was a great experience! The view from up there is amazing! My son always asks, when are we planning to go for a safari like this. He loves very much wild life.
Although the ISO was set at 400 it has no noise (Nikon D200!!) and the light management is very good. The shape of the smoke in the depth looks like a balloon, too!
Take care,

Hi Kath

what a stunning shot, love the misty morning and the shape of the cloud that in a way replicated the shape of the balloon, and just wonderful colours.


Hi, nice photo, beautiful colours.

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  • fotka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 496 W: 9 N: 1189] (5665)
  • [2010-04-28 10:54]

Hello Kath,
It's a beautiful sunrise above Africa.
The balloon is perfectly composed on the morning gorgeous sky.
Lovely colors and light.
Tfs and best regards,

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