The graphic shapes you see in the foreground are called fairy chimneys, but I think a more appropriate name would be rock asparagus. Or I could come up with something worse. ;-)
These giant conical shapes are caused by centuries of erosion and have turned the landscape into one of the most surreal I have ever visited.
Each morning we would rise early with our group to photograph sunrise at one of the many bizarre locations. One of the great things about this area is that there hardly is any wind, which makes it the perfect place for hot air balloons - and there are many of those each morning.
For this shot I wanted to make the fairy chimneys look even bigger than they already are by contrasting their size to that of one of the balloons. There were around 50 balloons in the air at the time, but I focused my attention on one single balloon that was drifting towards my composition. The balloon captains try to come close to the fairy chimneys, so I knew I had a good chance of getting it at the right spot.
The next morning we all went up with a balloon ourselves to photograph the spectacular landscape from the air.
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