First of all, happy new year to everyone! I hope you’ve all recovered 😉
With this new year comes a new project. I’m going to attempt to keep a photo diary to share what I’m up to, assignments I’ve been shooting and the experiences I’ve had along the way. I’m unsure how often I’m going to be able to post stories here, but I hope to get at least a couple up every month. I’ve also got some from last year that I’ll throw in along the way. So without further ado.
It was an early start waking up at 5:30am to get to La Garrotxa (Girona, Spain) before sunrise. I like early mornings but the reason to be up at this time in the middle of winter had better be good. It was, I was going up in a hot-air balloon and above the Volcanic Natural Park of La Garrotxa to photograph both the volcanoes and the preparations of the ride itself.
The area is one I have visited a few times and become very fond of. The dramatic horizon looks even better at this time of day and the roads were completely empty. I was hoping to that there would be some mist around to cover some of the lower ground to add a little extra atmosphere to my images.
Observing the preparations soon dawned on me that there are actually very few controls to a hot-air balloon and our final destination was unknown, it simply depends on how strong the wind is and which way it is blowing. What a romantic way to travel.
The take off was slightly nerve racking, as I’m not a lover of heights, but everything was so calm and seemed to move in slow motion. Soon the views and light caught my attention and I was away. The whole experience was very peaceful, I was lucky to have great light, great scenery and even a little mist – what more could a photographer ask for?
Preparing the lines. Shot on a Sony a6000, 1/60, f3.5. ISO2000.
Pulling out the balloon as it is being inflated. Shot on a Sony a6000, 1/90, f3.5. ISO2000.
Heating the air. Shot on a Sony a6000, 1/500, f3.5. ISO2000.
Looking out across the landscape Shot on a Canon 5D MKII, 1/500, f9. ISO400.
A hot-air balloon floats above the volcanoes. Shot on a Shot on a Canon 5D MKII, 1/1250, f8. ISO640.
Looking down before landing. Shot on a Sony a6000, 1/60, f8. ISO160.