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Before Sossusvlei


Before Sossusvlei
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Copyright: Aivar Mikko (metcher) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 510 W: 12 N: 989] (4284)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-16
Categories: Desert
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF 17-40mm f4L, Hoya HMC Pro1 Cir. Polarizer
Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Landscapes., Landscapes of Southern Africa [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-19 11:04
Viewed: 5599
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Namib Naukluft Park is one of the largest national parks in Africa, covering much of the central Namib Desert and the Naukluft Mountains. It is home to some of the rarest and weirdest plant and animal species in the world, including the Welwitschia Mirabilis, large lichen fields and Hartmann's Mountain Zebra. The park's main attractions are Sossusvlei, Sandwich Harbour and the Naukluft hiking and four wheel drive trails.
The park is a combination of the Namib Desert Park and the Naukluft Mountain Zebra Park as well as sections of the Diamond Area the area of the park is just under 50 000 square kilometers.
Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert is the one attraction that should not be missed while you are in Namibia, the dunes are amazing and even though this is a popular tourist destination it is still easy to gain a sense of solitude while climbing one of the dunes or walking to dead or hidden vlei.
The Namib Desert section of the Namib-Naukluft park includes the Swakop and Kuiseb River canyons. For people wanting to experience a sense of Namibia's vastness a few nights at one of the camp site at Kuiseb Bridge, Homeb, Mirabib, Bloedkoppie, Ganab, Vogelfederberg or Kriess-se-Rus should prove to be very exhilarating. All of these camp sites offer very basic facilities, and as they do not have receptions or shops (or even game wardens) they must be booked in advance.
Source: http://www.namibian.org/travel/namibia/namib-naukluft.htm
ISO 200, Monopod

marjan, Lycaon, ramthakur, whjb, vanderschelden, pablominto, taba, marhowie, Juyona, blakitan, scottevers7, Alex99, RAP, jcoowanitwong, mikou, jrubiocasado has marked this note useful
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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 465 W: 14 N: 366] (2686)
  • [2006-11-19 11:06]

hi aivar, wonderful shot form beautiful place. I lčioke a motive and your kind of this shot.
Marjan

great clear pic, TFS Ori

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  • whjb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 51 W: 26 N: 172] (683)
  • [2006-11-19 12:53]

Hi Aivar,

Beautifully done. I can only state the obvious. Africa does provide excellent opportunities for photographers, but you still have to handle the camera. You did that better than most.

TFS
Willem

Hi Aivar,
Nice desert-scape oe Nami desertscape...
Can't see any vignetting...probably a good lens.
Good work again..
TFS
Annick

Hello Aivar,
The sand dunes display some amazing lines!
You do very well on textures here, the sand is pleasantly reproduced...
Nice framing and a composition making well use of the qualities of the situation!
Greetings,
Pablo -

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 472 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2006-11-19 15:16]

Hi Aivar
Everything here is really great:
DOF, POV, sharpness, colours...
and the composition is fantastic too.

well done.
Taba

Very nice Aivar.
I think the time of day/light is perfect. Excellent colors, textures, patterns, and depth..A pleasing and interesting composition. Thank you mf.
Have a Great Day!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1542 W: 5 N: 2238] (12630)
  • [2006-11-19 17:55]

Bonne photo,la prise de vue maximise l'endroit et valorise les différent tons de couleurs.

Félicitations et merci pour le partage.
Joseph

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-11-19 18:11]

Realmente bello, este duro habitat...buen pov y excelente composición... perfecto, saludos Aivar

Hi Aivar,
Very scenic landscape, very pleasant to view but should not be easy to live in this kind of climate. Sand dunes are lovely. Superbly captured.
Excellent shot.

Ben Lakitan

I really like this scene and your composition. There are always such interesting dunes there. This is well exposed and has nice sharpness and color.

TFS

Evelynn : )

Great!
I'm never tired of your African Landscapes!!!
Exposure and composition are great!
I like the "micro dunes" on the sand in the foreground!
TFS, enrico.

Hi Aivar,
A beautiful landscape composition. The desert is a harsh, barren, and yet amazing place. More life that there first appears to be. Nice quality sunlight and a spot on exposure. Excellent work.
Scott

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4343 W: 135 N: 7077] (23689)
  • [2006-11-20 9:12]

Hi Aivar.
POV selected by your is really outstanding. The view of tremendous beauty opens before our eyes. The combination of lights and shadow are perfect too as well as the colour palette and contrast. I like how you managed to reflect the texture of sends and the volume of picture. Great work. My best wishes and TFS.
Alexei.

Aren't those shapely curves on the sand dunes world famous already, Aivar?
I admire your perspective. The landscape is a beautiful composition and I particularly like the slanting shadows in the foreground.
Thanks for sharing this beautiful picture.
Ram

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-11-20 13:18]

Lovely, there is something unreal about this shot (in a good way). The textures and colours are wonderful. I could look at the shapes in the sand all day. Wonderful composition.

TFS

Karan

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-21 13:00]

Estético paisaje Aivar con intensos colores, gran definición y detalles (incluyendo las suaves ondulaciones) con excelente foco, POV y elección del encuadre.
Las sombras y un sobrio recuadro completan una bella presentación.
Gracias y un gran saludo... Ricardo

Aesthetic landscape Aivar with intense colors, great definition and details (including the soft waves) with excellent focus, POV and election of the framing.
The shades and a sober frame complete a beautiful presentation.
Thank you and best greetings... Ricardo

Hello Aivar,
Wonderful landscape shot. Composition, pov, dof, exposure, and sharpness are great. This picture remind me movies with desert scenes. Regards,
JC

This is a fantastic post, well done on the composition and the clarity. Wow!!

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-11-22 13:59]

Hi Aivar.
Another your splendid composition amazing landscapes.I like fine gathers on dune forward respectively sharp edge to the curve as border lights and shadow on high dune on background.Beautiful colours and very nice cleanness details.Great work.
Thanks you for sharing.
Greetings Milos

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-11-26 22:47]

Hello Aivar

A wonderful landscape shot.So much sand.Excellent DOF and POV.The shot is crystal clear.The colours are well saturated with so many tones of brown.I like the various drifts and dunes of the sand.TFS

Rob

Hi Aivar,

A fantastic landscape that you have taken here, very good composition. Very well done.

Jan-Hendrik

Hola Aivar.
La verdad es que el sitio que nos muestras es muy bonito, y evidentemente una buena foto,
Saludos.
Jorge

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