Taken 2-Jan-16
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Balloons over Bagan

Balloons over Bagan

When the air is still Balloons take off in the early morning just before sunrise. At the present time 3 companies arrange flights which are normally fully booked days or weeks before hand.

Normally flights take place with baskets containing up to 16 people. I have observed 21 balloons in the air at one time.

To get this shot I had to climb a stupa before dawn. I thought I was entirely on my own as I immerged from the dark tunnel leading upwards to a small platform. I glanced upward and in the darkness could just make out the shapes of 14 young people who had climbed up even earlier than myself. Lightweight tripod GH4 with 600mm lens (35mm equivalent) wide open.