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    Posted: 20 November 2018 at 23:03
A few days ago my grand-daughter was reading to me from her school library book about hot air ballooning. I thought she would be interested to see photos I took when my wife and I took a hot air ballon ride over the Yarra Valley outside of Melbourne, some 7 years ago.
I hadn't looked at the photos for some time, and realised I hadn't got around to sharing them here.

So after a long delay, here they are. All a700 with CZ 16-80mm Vario-Sonnar. C&C most welcome, as always.

1. About to lift off, pre-dawn.
Hot air balloon at lift-off by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

2. Ours was one of a pair of balloons that took off together and flew in tandem to our landing site.
Drifting over the misty Yarra Valley by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

3. This was the one image I posted at the time, my entry into a photo contest on the theme "Tranquility" or something similar.
Ballooning over the Yarra Valley at dawn by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

4. The Yarra Valley is one of Australia's (and the world's) premium wine growing districts.
Patchwork of wineries, Yarra Valley by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

5.
Thriving wineries, Yarra Valley by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

6.
Fogging the vines, Yarra Valley by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

7.
Balloon over Yarra Valley by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

8.
Yarra Valley winery by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

9.
Farmlands around Yarra Glen, Yarra Valley by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

10.
Ballooning over cattle, Yarra Valley by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 November 2018 at 23:10
Following straight on:

11. Our flight was just after some huge rainstorms that had caused some local flooding.
Approaching Yarra Glen by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

12.
After recent rains, Yarra Glen by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

13.
Historic Yerring Station by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

14.
Sunrise over Yarra Glen by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

15.
Herefords from a balloon, Yarra Valley by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

17.
Descending towards landing site by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

18. Our intrepid pilot looking for the perfect landing site.
Controlled descent by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

19. This photo take with a Canon Powershot by the folks in the ground crew from Global Ballooning.
Almost down by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

20. Down on the trailer - perfect landing.
On the ground by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

21. Last look up before the deflation.
Looking up into the mantle by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

22. Another Canon Powershot photo by the ground crew - me in the blue check shirt.
Folding away the mantle by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

Thanks for looking.

Edited by Jozioau - 21 November 2018 at 04:01
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Post Options Post Options   Quote clk230 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 November 2018 at 06:29
Very nice images Joe. It sounds like a good time was had by all and judging by final images the landing was suitably uneventful. Favourites for me are 5, 6 and 17. The A700/16-80mm is a nice combination.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 November 2018 at 17:16
Lots of spectacular images, Joe - you must have wonderful memories of that event!

Of course, I immediately had some favorites in the series:
#3 has this grand view of a dawning landscape. Those single lights on the ground make it even more mysterious; It's easy to imagine this to be dusk and you flying into the night!

#5: I love those green stripes - or the deeply green hues in general that dominate the image. Those little ponds that are distributed over the whole landscapes are also very special, mirrors of the sky.

#12: This is quite similar as to the water that mirrors the sky, but these surfaces are intersected by rectangular panels that come in different colors changing from a light brown to a dark green. A very serene mood IMO dominates the scene.

#14: I think the addition of a passenger looking at the scene (and maybe impressed by its sublimity) gives the viewer a nice instruction how to read the image.

#17: The sun, the fog, the staggered rows of trees and low riddges makes this for me the absolute highlight in the series. Again, there is a serene mood, now carried by the wonderful light in the image.

Glad, you showed us these images. Would have been a shame to let them collect mildew on your harddrive!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote francis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 November 2018 at 17:46
Very nice images Joe.
I find you in great shape
17 fog sun trees excellent light
excellent photo

3, 5, 15 excellent
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fred_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 November 2018 at 19:57
Nice series Joe. Most votes go to #3, but I like #2 just a bit better and concur whith votes for #15.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Stuggie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 November 2018 at 21:49
Another vote for #2

Also #6, #12 and #17.

Great set
Stu.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 November 2018 at 02:31
Thanks everyone for the comments. As mentioned in the preamble, it's all thanks to my grand-daughter reading me her book about hot-air ballooning.
No doubt I've got lots of yet to be posted but worthy images in my libraries, so I guess it's worthwhile every now and then to go revisit them.
The balloon ride took place at a time when I was not very big on posting to Flickr, having enthusiastically joined the now defunct "Photo Art Gallery", an Australian site that had lofty aspirations but fell away.
I subsequently got active with Flickr mainly as a vehicle for posting images to Dyxum, and as they say, the rest is history.

And yes, the landing, and the whole flight, went very smoothly and uneventfully thank goodness. In more recent times there have been occasional news reports of hot-air balloon flights that went badly, and even tragically.

We even enjoyed the traditional post-flight flute of sparkling methode-champenoise at a well known Yarra Valley winery.
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