Finding the Perfect Composition When All Seems Lost

Here's a 20-minute video in which Serge Ramelli shows how he captured some beautiful fine-art photos of hot air balloons at a festival, even though the photo opportunities were initially looking bleak. Faced with a poor foreground full of spectators and bright yellow buses, Ramelli had to think outside the box.

Photos of White Balloons Invading Everyday Scenes

"Invasions" is a quirky photo project by French photographer Charles Pétillon, who used huge clouds of white balloons as a metaphor for various things in life. The images may look like they use CGI renderings of white orbs, but there's no digital manipulation involved: Pétillon actually introduced physical balloons to shoot each shot.

Immersive Hot Air Balloon Fiesta Time-Lapse Puts You in the Middle of the Action

The 9-day Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the largest hot air balloon event in the world, and as such it's also one of the most photographed events in the world. Because of this, Albuquerque native and photographer Knate Myers knew he had to capture something special if his time-lapse of the event was to stand out.

"A whole lot of work (and very little sleep)," later he had achieved his goal in spades, creating this Technicolor dream of a time-lapse that gives you every angle you might hope to have on the event.

Liquid Jewels: Photos of Paint-Covered Balloons Milliseconds After They Pop

Back in March, we shared Swiss photographer Fabian Oefner's Black Holes series of photographs showing paint being flung outwards by a spinning drill. We told you then that Oefner's stated goal was to "harness elemental forms of natural phenomena and capture them in the most stunning way possible."

His most recent project takes another stab at that goal, this time using paint and modeling balloons to create a series of photographs he's calling Liquid Jewels.

Shooting iPhone 4 HD Video at 1000 Feet

A few guys in Los Angeles recently convinced their friend to let them borrow his new iPhone 4 (that he waited 4.5 in line for), and got onto a rooftop with the help of another friend. Using some large helium balloons, they attached the iPhone and started recording 720p video of downtown LA as it rose up to 1000 feet into the air on the end of a kite string. They also made a fun behind-the-scenes video of their project.