Modern day hot air balloon baskets are normally divided into sections similar to large wine crates to prevent passengers wandering around. Can you imagine what would happen if everyone present ended up gravitating to the same side of the basket!!!
However, it does restrict photographic opportunities because the sun may be facing in your direction, or you are on the wrong side of the basket.
That was the case with the photo above. The sun was shining straight into my face so I literally pointed the camera, tried to avoid other people in the basket, and trusted to 'pot luck'. Not a perfect photo but our home just about makes it into the edge of the picture - X marks the spot.
Following a comment from "Parnassus" here is an extra photo of the basket which clearly shows the divisions. Our basket was made by Cameron, the largest manufacturer of hot air balloons in the world. The company is just down the road from us in Bristol. It was a Cameron balloon that made the longest flight, to date, when Per Lindstrand and Richard Branson flew from Japan to Northern Canada.
Bristol has held a 4 day Balloon Festival for almost 40 years
Look how long the balloon is when it is laid out on the ground. Initially it is filled with air by a large wind fan, which eventually lifts the balloon over the basket.
View inside one of the standing areas. Hold on to a pair of rope handles for takeoff, back rested firmly against the padded side of the basket, knees bent - within seconds, relax, and surprisingly there you are, way up in the sky and high above the treetops. The same procedure applies when landing.
Can you see the sheep in the meadow? - the balloonist explained that they have a quiet gas burner for use when flying above livestock to help prevent frightening them.
The same balloon that we flew in photographed above our garden last year.
The flight lasted nearly 1½ hours - would I take a balloon flight again? Emphatically, the answer is yes.