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Photographer captures magical images of Cappadocia’s famous hot air balloons

A photographer has shared a series of images highlighting the vibrant beauty of the famous hot air balloons commonly seen in Cappadocia, Turkey.

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Cappadocia has become world famous for its hot air balloon rides. Image by Kristina Makeeva
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Kristina’s series features models set against the gigantic balloons. Image by Kristina Makeeva
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An image looking down at the ground from a balloon. Image by Kristina Makeeva
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Kristina’s photographs use creative angles and framing to showcase each destination she visits. Image by Kristina Makeeva

The images were taken by Kristina Makeeva, a 29-year old photographer from Moscow, and show the balloons flying over the picturesque landscapes and valleys of the region. Known as one of the most popular places in the world for balloon rides, attracting enthusiasts and travellers year round for the experience, Cappadocia features spectacular surrealistic landscapes and breath-taking views, making it a dream destination for photographers. “When my team and I first visited Cappadocia, we were shocked by the beauty of this place. The unique rock formations and underground cities in conjunction with the balloons turn the area into a fairy tale land. Shooting there is really not difficult, it is enough to just set the focus and press the shutter button on the camera,” Kristina told Lonely Planet Travel News.

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A model poses in front of dozens of balloons in Cappadocia, Turkey. Image by Kristina Makeeva
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Five balloons seen in the pink sky. Image by Kristina Makeevag
Hot air balloons seen over a snowy landscape.
Hot air balloons seen over a snowy landscape. Image by Kristina Makeeva
A model in a colourful dress and hat watches the balloons.
A model in a colourful dress and hat watches the balloons. Image by Kristina Makeeva

Kristina has returned to Cappadocia three times since her first visit, capturing a range of stylistic images each time. Her series features models dressed in eye-catching outfits, posed and set against the massive scale of the balloons. Some shots show the balloons off in the distance, while some are taken from on-board the vessels. Many companies in Cappadocia offer packages for those wishing to experience hot air balloon rides, catering for day tour activities and private flights, with one company even offering a deluxe package that includes a champagne breakfast upon landing.

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A model in an elaborate, colourful outfit poses against the balloons. Image by Kristina Makeeva
Kristina said that Cappadocia is a photographer's dream to travel to.
Kristina said that Cappadocia is a photographer’s dream to travel to. Image by Kristina Makeeva
Many companies in Cappadocia offer packages for those wishing to experience hot air balloon rides.
Many companies in Cappadocia offer packages for those wishing to experience hot air balloon rides. Image by Kristina Makeeva
Kristina has journeyed to the area four times to capture imagery.
Kristina has journeyed to the area four times to capture imagery.

Kristina’s work has proven to be extremely popular, with her Instagram account having amassed over 200,000 followers to date. She recently shared breath-taking imagery depicting the haunting beauty of Moscow in winter. More of her work is available on her Instagram account as well as on her website.  

 
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