44 Hot Air Balloon Photographs To Take Your Creativity Up Up And Away


Alright, so after Jim won the Weekend Photography Challenge, I got thinking about hot air balloons. Beyond being a colorful synonym of freedom, hot air balloons are extremely photogenic with contrasting colors against a neutral sky.

Indeed, thinking about color can be amazingly creative. Impactful photographs are all about contrast, and this doesn't only occur with black and white, it can perfectly be achieved by using color as well.

So to get you thinking about color in composition, we have pulled together a bright selection of images depicting hot air balloons from all over the globe!

Aaron Burden
Ian Dooley
Joel Sparks
Faruk Melik Çevik
Sven Scheuermeier
Ricardo Rocha
Kyle Hinkson
Lode Lagrainge
sutirta budiman

Composing In Color Relies On Understanding The Color Wheel

The color wheel starts out with the prime colors. There are several color wheels out there, but since we are working with screens (on computers and cameras) you should keep things simple and just go for the RGB (red, green, blue) wheel.

DanPMK at English Wikipedia CC BY-SA 3.0  from Wikimedia Commons

When opposing colors meet in a single composition, contrast is achieved in the most magnificent ways. When adjacent colors – like an array of warm or cold tones are together without an opposing hue – low levels of contrast are achieved.

Creatively selecting color when composing your images will take them to the next level. It is definitely an advanced composition technique that you should work with.

Advanced Composition And Composing In Color

Getting photography composition right has always been the greatest challenge for the photographer. If you’d like to get better at photography composition and learn concepts that go beyond the basics, you should take a look at Kent DuFault’s guide to advanced composition.

In Kent Dufault's Advanced Composition, you'll discover advanced composition concepts such as:

  • Compression
  • Color Placement
  • Contrast Overlap
  • Rhythm
  • Color Wash
  • Texture
  • Stacking
  • Get it here today
Andrea Krug
 Austin Ban
Mar Cerdeira
Timothy Rhyne
Jaap Straydog
Stacey Cunningham
Candré Mandawe
Hendra Pontomudis
Will O
Markus Spiske

Advanced Composition – will ensure you create images that pop. You'll get more out of your photography and start taking images that will truly capture your creative vision. If you’d like to improve your composition skills and learn concepts that go beyond the ‘rule of thirds’, do take a look at Kent DuFault’s guide Advanced Composition

Alexandre Perotto
Randy Tarampi
Mark Smith
Kenny Luo
Manik Rathee
Thomas Kelley
Earl Richardson
Kenny Luo
Tilman Walter Neuhaus
Zola Zhou
 yonatan anugerah
Kenny Luo
Kenny Luo
Fabio Santaniello Bruun
Chinh Le Duc
Kenny Luo
Daniela Cuevas
Kenny Luo
Aykut Kaya
Catt Liu
Sharon Wahrmund
Tabitha Mort
Benjamin Lehman

Advanced Composition Will Give Your Photographs A Lift

If you are looking to improve your photography composition and learn concepts that go beyond the ‘rule of thirds’, do take a look at Kent DuFault’s guide Advanced Composition. With this guide, you will learn all about:

  • color
  • light
  • shadow
  • lines
  • curves
  • repetition
  • juxtaposition
  • anticipation
  • pre-visualization
  • timing

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About Author

Federico has a decade of experience in documentary photography, and is a University Professor in photography and research methodology. He's a scientist studying the social uses of photography in contemporary culture who writes about photography and develops documentary projects. Other activities Federico is involved in photography are curation, critique, education, mentoring, outreach and reviews. Get to know him better here.

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