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Balloon Over The Nile At Dawn

Balloon Over The Nile At Dawn

Year: 2011, Month: November

Egypt > Qina > Luxor

Sometimes photographs are pleasing for their very simplicity, and this image fits that category exactly. It shows a single red hot-air balloon, drifting through the sky at dawn above a section of the River Nile near to the city of Luxor and the famous 'Valley of the Kings', where Tutankhamun and other notable Egyptian pharaohs were buried.

The image contains very little of detail: a solitary mono-colored sphere that is the hot-air balloon, a slight line that we identify as the horizon, a fading graduation of shade that identifies the receeding plain, and the snaking silver curve of the River Nile. Not much to look at, really, but all the important elements of a good composition are there: the strong point of interest from the balloon, the static and level horizon to add strength and stability, the curving track of the river that, luckily, leads the eye to its end and then launches it into the sky to lock on to the only point that we could possibly end at: the red envelope of the balloon. An uncluttered, un-hurried photograph, relaxing to look at, full of the daydream-like possibilities of conjecture. In these days of rush and the rapidity of modern life, we all need some space to float in.

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