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Previously I posted a photograph of Angkor Wat that I took from a hot air balloon .

This is a photograph of the balloon itself. Actually, the balloon was exactly 1 kilometre away from Angkor Wat, so that it could get a good vantage point of the Wat and surrounding areas.

It was an expensive ride and pretty much exclusive to foreigners who had the cash to pay for the 15 minute ride (straight up and straight down).

My friends and I decided to walk to the balloon so that we had an opportunity to photograph it. This is a shot I got from a short distance. The sky was cloudy, but still quite blue when I took this photo. So, I'm quite happy with the composition on a whole.

By the way, this isn't a typical hot air balloon. It's only capable of going up and down on it's vertical guide wire. Also, it doesn't have a basket, rather a large cylindrical cage capable of fitting 20 or 25 people. That means there's a big hole in the middle and the cage itself resembles a big donut! I was able to walk around and take panoramic shots of the entire Siam Reip area. I might post a few of those later once I've had a chance to play with the panorama stitching programs I have.

PP. I have added the usual contrast and saturation to take out the gray haze that is common in digital cameras. I also removed the guide wire for the balloon using the photoshop cloning stamp. I think the photo looks better without that line that suggests the balloon is only capable of vertical movement.

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