Landscapes - Pervez Photography

I probably enjoy landscape photography more than any other kind. Whereas city photography is a way to illustrate how we live with each other, landscape photography reminds us how we live with nature. We often move too quickly through life to take the time and see the beauty around us, and this style of photography is one way to remind us of that. On a personal level, it is pretty spectacular to be able to absorb these scenes before taking a shot - as noted elsewhere, I really like to spend time thinking about the image I want to produce, and that ends up being a real treat when I am looking at some of these incredible landscapes. This type of photography also serves another purpose: to encourage us to preserve the natural beauty on this planet. So many of these incredible places I've shot are in, luckily, in relatively good condition, but that is mostly because they are far away from heavy tourism. Environmental degradation wreaks havoc on many landscapes that are not so lucky to be very isolated, and I hope that the incredible landscapes I've been fortunate to photograph remind people that we all need to do our part to help preserve the natural beauty on this planet.

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Early morning balloon ride in Cappadocia. I was up and on the road by 4:40 am the morning of my balloon ride. Its a pretty surreal feeling to be up in the air above this incredible landscape at sunrise with (possibly) hundreds of other balloons as well. I managed to grab a spot at the edge of my balloon, which made for better shots. However, it was also at the edge of my balloon, so I was extra cautious lest I not fall out! It ended up being a great day for the ride for photography, as there were dark clouds in the sky with the sun occasionally peeking out. This didn't make for the best balloon ride, mind you (it was also windy, and we ended up riding to the side of the breathtaking landscape), but it was perfect for taking shots. This is the best photo I took in the air, as I captured the sun breaking free and hitting some of the landscape while the clouds engulf the sky.