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Star Dunes

Star Dunes
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-16
Categories: Desert
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 24-70 mm f 2,8 L-USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Namibia
Theme(s): Earth from Above, Dunes, TN Favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-09 3:15
Viewed: 14652
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have not been posting for a little while - my mother died unexpectedly ten days ago. The funeral took place on friday and I did the eulogy. She died very quickly of a massive heart attack which is good as she suffered little if any pain.

I have not dedicated this to her - she wasn't a great fan of photography - apart from family and people. Her constant refrain was 'why aren't there any pictures of you'?

This is a picture I took recently on my trip to Namibia. It shows some Star Dunes, which are quite rare. To form they need winds of equal strength blowing in consistently at 90 degrees to each other at different times of year, to produce a good 'star'.

Star dunes grow upward rather than laterally. They dominate certain areas of the Grand Erg Oriental (Great Eastern Sand Desert) of the Sahara. In other deserts, they occur around the margins of the sand seas, particularly near topographic barriers. In the southeast Badain Jaran Desert of China, the star dunes are up to 500 meters tall and may be the tallest dunes on Earth.

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Hi Bro James. Welcome back! Your shot is excellent as you always done. TFS.
I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I give my deepest condolences to you and your family. My thoughts are with you.
Take care!


Hello James,
My sincere condolences, James.
I guess the wind did his work here, producing the 'stars'.
I do like the light play in your well composed work.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-11-09 5:05]

Hello James, My sincere condelences to you and your family.
Thanks and regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5084 W: 166 N: 13009] (48434)
  • [2008-11-09 7:10]

Hello James,
My well-meant condolences to you and your family.
Excellent photo in very beautiful saturated colours. Fantastic composition.
In my archive I got a few photos from the same dunes, taken from a little airoplane. But that are scanned slides, not the quality of this one. But maybe some day....
All the best,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-09 7:39]

Hello James ,Sincere condolences to you and you family . Its good to have you back my friend. This as always an interesting picture of the Dunes . Amazing colours and shapes . TFS. Thinking of you.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-11-09 8:27]

Hello James, my sympathy to you for this unexpected departure of your mother. And this is a beautiful picture of those stunning dunes, the colour is fantastic. Maybe you make pictures without people or yourself, but at the same time, it is you ;-) I wish you well,


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-09 11:02]

Hi, dear James.
You have bring a very sad news. My sincere condolences. Stand firm, my friend.
However, shot is amazing, its subject, details, POV are impressive at highest range. My kind regards and TFS.

Hi James.
It is nice to have you back. I'm sure the eulogy was a more effective dedication than a photo. How special of you to do it; and I'm sure it was greatly appreciated.

I love the sharp lines along the crests of these star dunes. What a fascinating area and the color is so rich and unusual... at least to me.

Evelynn : )

Ciao James,
bellissimo paesaggio, eccellenti POV e composizione con scelta della luce laterale radente che crea bellissime linee d'ombra e aumenta l'effetto grafico di queste splendide dune, ottima la definizione, bellissimi i colori ricchi di sfumature.

My sympathies to you. You are a product of a good loving family maternally and even if she didn't appreciate photos...we know you and she survived a common bond as only mother and son can do.....Take solace....in photography...let your light shine through!

Aha...Dunes...without plural also an interesting movie....I remember back when Anwar Sadat crashed in this desert in a helicopter and he was the only survivor...I can't imagine but I can see....The colours are amazing...That my friend is a true wilderness..

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  • gondox Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 356 W: 65 N: 342] (1585)
  • [2008-11-09 16:23]

Hi James!

Sad to hear that of your mother. Although not liking photography so much she must have been very proud you I'm sure: you're knowledge of the world is very wide and sophisticated as shown here with this subject too.
As for the picture, the perspective brings out the essence of the subject, showing it in a beautiful way. TFS

All my best wishes for these hard times!
Best regards,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-11-09 17:59]

Hello James,
I am sorry for your lose my friend, may peace be with you. Your image here is magnificent once one reads your notes and realizes just how big these are, and how they are formed. The scene is one of emptiness in a way with the news of your Moms passing.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-11-09 23:24]

Hi James!

My sincere condolences. With the help of this marvellous picture I let my thoughts wander to your mother...

Kind regards


Hi James
Just one word "wonderful" landscape and photo
Well done and TFS this beauty
PS: I feel bad for you, my sincere condolences to you and your family

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2164 W: 225 N: 4748] (16656)
  • [2008-11-10 3:26]

Hi James

I'm really sorry for your loss :( My sincere condolences.
My mother (and she's not the only one, actually) is always asking me the same question, too :)...so i understand why you didn't dedicate this to yours.

In many popular believes around the world, it is thought that when somebody dies, their spirit goes up in the sky and a new star is shines for them. I don't know if you thought about things like this when you chose this photo and even if it's not a star up in the sky, the idea i think its very nice.
Beyond that, this is a very beautiful shot from you again.
The shape of these dunes is amazing and the photo does well to show the perpendicular lines of each of the 4 sides of the "star". Excellent educational note to go with it, again, my friend!

Bravo, TFS and once more, my condolences.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2008-11-10 4:08]

Hello James,
Sorry to hear about. Stunning shot. Excellent clarity. Superb landscape Ganesh

Hi James,
amazing natural exibition with
excellent play of light and darkness for
a wonderful geometrical composition
my condolences for your loss

tfs sERGIO

Hello James

The diversity of shots in your gallery such as this one is astonishing.
You could release a photo CD of world shots all on your own.
The colours are wonderful,with lovely lighting.
Excellent detail.
Great job.


A beautiful shot of a spectacular landscape. The colors of the dunes together with their unusual shape make for a stunning photograph. Really very nicely done.

James Parker, I can't figure out how to reach you other than by posting this comment (do you have an official website? I've added you as a friend on Facebook). W.H. Freeman publishers would like to reprint this photo in an upcoming textbook. Will you please contact me so I can send you our official permission request letter? [email protected]

All my best,

Tyler Thompson
Permissions Specialist
Creative Compliance
c/o Carus Publishing
70 E Lake St, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60601
(p) 312.701.1720
(f) 312.701.1728

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