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Balloon at Sunrise

By Tracey_McGovern
This was taken a couple of years ago on a trip to Egypt. I would really appreciate some critique and feedback on this, I'm thinking of entering it into a salon under the travel section and was wondering how you think it will fair.
(The picture was taken usiing the Canon 400D, Kit Lens EF-S 18-55 f3.5/5.6, taken at f7.1, 1/125, ISO 200)
I look forward to hearing from you.
Best Wishes

Tags: Landscape Travel Sunrise Balloon Egypt Landscape and travel

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19 Feb 2012 5:05PM
The light is amazing. The sky, the sun is amazing. A brilliant shot.
Regards, Oleg.

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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3881 Canada
19 Feb 2012 5:22PM
Its a really nice shot. I would, - if you can, move the balloon in further, increase contrast as in the mod.


pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2012 6:04PM
Were you in another balloon when you shot this, Tracey? I did this myself (my partner chickened out) and it was amazing.
My first thought was about moving the balloon over, so I agree with Willie there.
Go ahead and enter it.
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2012 6:50PM
I love this it's so peaceful.
19 Feb 2012 8:23PM
Hi Willie

Thank you for your mod, it didn't even enter my head to move the balloon, not because it didn't need to be but because I didn't know how to. I've had a go with mine and have managed to move the balloon, however, I'm now left with a big black hole where the balloon used to be. I've tried various methods: cloning, healing, selecting and copying and pasting other bits of the sky to cover it up but all I've managed to do is make a big mess. How have you successfully move your balloon, yet make the sky look flawless?

Thank you to everyone else for their comments, they are very much appreciated.

Best Wishes
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3881 Canada
19 Feb 2012 9:55PM
I used the lasso tool with a few pixels feather to select the balloon. The Copy (control c) and Paster (control v). This places a copy on top of the balloon. The I used the move tool to re position the new balloon. You now have two ballons. You could, if you wanted, leave two, - but they are identical, so it looks odd.

So now use your Marquee selection tool; select a square of sky that will match as close as possible to the sky where the balloon is , and the size of the balloon (I used the sky to the left of the balloon; copy and paste again, and drag the sky patch over the original balloon. Then you can edit - transform - scale and make the patch larger, stretch it until it looks reasonably good, then flatten. Use a clone brush with about 59% flow and 59% opacity to clone over the edges of the patch to blend them in if theyre too obvious.


Pete Plus
17 18.8k 97 England
19 Feb 2012 10:41PM
That's a great reposition on the mod Willie..nice work. Hope you can understand how to do it Tracey Smile
19 Feb 2012 11:04PM
Thank you Willie, I'll give that a go - thanks again.

Tracey Smile
paulbroad 10 123 1244 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2012 3:36PM
I like your original and I like the tonal correction in Willies mod. I wouldn't move the baloon as far as in the mod - about half way between yours and Willies. A nice image with a lot of impact. Salons are difficult to rate - you have no idea what the judges are looking for, but advertising there country is a fair bet and this should be OK.

20 Feb 2012 9:23PM
Thanks everyone, especially Willie. I tried what you said and it worked a treat, I'm really pleased with the result, although as Paul suggested, I've not moved the balloon over as much.

Best Wishes
Peter23 9 23 2
20 Feb 2012 9:27PM
The mod has got it right for me! I'd take note from that to get those few things righted!

2 Mar 2012 9:32PM
Thank you all for your comments. I have uploaded a modification of my original image, taking on board your comments.

Thank You

kel55 5 8 United Kingdom
26 May 2013 8:20PM
I think this shot is perfect , i,m no expert by a long shot but what more can you do with this shot , not going to bore you with the technical details why this works , its just stunning , love it , Kel

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