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!

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.

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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
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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

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 the author

Federico Alegria

Federico is a one of our staff writers and has 10 years of experience in making documentary photography, he is currently working in long-term photo essays and you can see more of his work here. He is also a professor at a design-focused University, and is currently pursuing his PhD (and of course, his thesis is around Photography). His work has been featured in museums, newspapers and magazines. He is currently based in El Salvador.

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