Photographer captures magical images of Cappadocia’s famous hot air balloons

A photographer has shared a series of images highlighting the vibrant beauty of the famous hot air balloons commonly seen in Cappadocia, Turkey.

The images were taken by Kristina Makeeva, a 29-year old photographer from Moscow, and show the balloons flying over the picturesque landscapes and valleys of the region. Known as one of the most popular places in the world for balloon rides, attracting enthusiasts and travellers year round for the experience, Cappadocia features spectacular surrealistic landscapes and breath-taking views, making it a dream destination for photographers. “When my team and I first visited Cappadocia, we were shocked by the beauty of this place. The unique rock formations and underground cities in conjunction with the balloons turn the area into a fairy tale land. Shooting there is really not difficult, it is enough to just set the focus and press the shutter button on the camera,” Kristina told Lonely Planet Travel News.

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Beautiful Travel Photos

Beautiful Travel Photos
Nat Geo Travel editors picked their favorite travel photos published in 2016. See majestic images from around the world that struck our experts.

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Alaska
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California
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India
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New Hampshire
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Faroe Islands
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Finding the inspiration within you

Finding the inspiration within you
by Ralph Nordstrom

ralphnordstrom02aNature and art are what I grew up with and what I love.

ralphnordstrom02bMy casual approach to photography became more focused when I took my first workshop in 2006. From that time on I have been on a journey – a journey of personal discovery. Because, as my photography evolves, as it improves, I learn more about myself. I’ve gained a lot of technical skills along the way, both in the field and in the darkroom (don’t worry, I shoot digital but I still call it the darkroom because it does the same thing and people don’t freak out like they sometimes do when I say « Photoshop »).

ralphnordstrom02cBut the technical skills are just a means to creative expression which is what I really focus on. They are what I call the Creative Vocabulary that allows me to communicate what it is I have to say about the world.

ralphnordstrom02dAnd discovering new things in the world, in nature, and expressing them through my photographs is where I am on my journey today. The journey will never end; the destination is not clear and changes as I change. But then, isn’t it the journey and not the destination that’s important?

ralphnordstrom02eFinding the inspiration within you
by Ralph Nordstrom

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What We Can Learn from Trees

What We Can Learn from Trees
They inspire us, comfort us, and remind us how life moves on.

trees02aBristlecone Pines | Inyo National Forest, California
Photograph by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel
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trees02bThe Child-Giving Ginkgo | Tokyo, Japan
Photograph by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel
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trees02cBoaB Tree | Derby, Australia
Photograph by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel
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trees02dNeem Tree | Varanasi, India
Photograph by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel
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trees02eJuniper Tree | Hallelujah Junction, California
Photograph by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel
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Trees tell stories, capture our imaginations, and remind us that life always moves on.
more at National Geographic

Finding Myself in the Stars

Finding Myself in the Stars
by Don Whitebread

California, USA – I spent the summers of my youth wherever my father’s work as a geologist took us, usually camped deep in a desert mountain range.  Watching the slow change of light and weather during the day, and the flow of stars across the night sky was my best entertainment. This background fueled my interest in photography, and has drawn me to remote locations throughout my life. I chose to photograph this series using only natural light, and rarely moonlight, to show that faint, diffuse starlight that few people really see any more.

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Finding Myself in the Stars
by Don Whitebread

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Pierre Pellegrini | Aller sur l’Evre

La nature nous offre tant de possibilités de compositions. La difficulté est de choisir la composition qui est extraordinairement nouvelle. Cette série est une recherche esthétique et graphique de la nature, où tout semble avoir trouvé sa juste place, où le sens de l’ordre semble si bien équilibré et proportionné qu’il devient difficile de distinguer la limite (s’il y en a une) de l’intervention humaine. Tout comme la chorégraphie d’un ballet ou d’une composition musicale, tout semble en harmonie et nous donne une profonde sensation de paix et de tranquillité. L’ordre et l’équilibre de la nature, mêlés à l’imperfection et à l’imprévisibilité des supports photographiques, nous font le don d’un tableau qui s’éloigne de la réalité.

pierrepellegrini01a pierrepellegrini01b pierrepellegrini01c pierrepellegrini01d pierrepellegrini01eParfois, je ne peux même pas m’expliquer quels sont les mécanismes que j’utilise pour choisir un sujet plutot qu’un autre. Je sens que je dois m’arrêter pour immortaliser ce que mes yeux voient. Dans un premier temps, c’est la transcription d’une certaine valeur très personnelle, où l’image est l’expression de ce que je ressens. Une sorte de paysage intérieur. Un moment magique que je souhaite retenir dans ma mémoire et dans mes pensées, mais en même temps que je veux partager à travers une image.
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Pierre Pellegrini | Aller sur l’Evre
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Valérie Belin: All Star

Edwynn Houk Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of Valérie Belin’s newest series, All Star.  The exhibition of eleven large-scale color photographs will be on view 19 January – 4 March, 2017.

valeriebelin01a valeriebelin01b valeriebelin01c valeriebelin01d valeriebelin01eFor this series, Belin utilizes the fantastical world of vintage comic books as the inspiration for multilayered portraits that are both visually and psychologically complex.  To create the works, Belin first styles and photographs her models in dramatic lighting reminiscent of film noir.  Then, selecting from an extensive collection of vintage comics, she overlays the image with the chosen comic cover before further abstracting the pictorial surface with her own graphic patterns.  Bursting in from the background, the worlds of the comics interweave with the texture of the portraits to create a sophisticated composition in which variations of movement, line, depth of field and scale are all combined within one surface.

Valérie Belin: All Star
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