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Red sand dune

Red sand dune
Photo Information
Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2588 W: 74 N: 7469] (30441)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-07
Categories: Desert
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Namibia, a photographer's dream
Date Submitted: 2009-01-02 8:19
Viewed: 4620
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo is also captured in Sossusvlei, Namibia. My two previous uploads were also photographed in this area.
What you see in this picture is a red sand dune, captured in the morning light. The image is a slight crop; what I actually did, was cropping the sky area.

It took many millions of years to develop these huge dunes. Vast quantities of sand were deposited into the Atlantic Ocean through the Orange river.
The Benguela current moved the stuff northwards and eventually the sand was dumped back onto the land.
Finally the wind shifted these coastal dunes further and further inland. The wind also continiously reshapes their patterns.

Shooting Date/Time
7-12-2008 08:33:33
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EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM
Focal Length
400,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
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One-Shot AF

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5806 W: 89 N: 14918] (62539)
  • [2009-01-02 8:42]

Hi Annick,this is one of the pics that i dream to take one day,fantastic perspective and great colors,just my best compliments because this beauty no need others comments,have a great 2009,Luciano

Hi Annick,
I looooove this motive - I never had the chance to be so close to sanddunes - it's a fantastic motive, the light and shadows, the structure of the wind carved into the sand, it's wonderful - and with such warm colours.
Excellent shot, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-01-02 9:08]

merhaba Annick
wonderful capture and impressive atmosphere
composition, POV, DOF, light-shadows, colours and contrast are great

Hi Annick
Before I start my browsing from page 20 to page 40 in your gallery, I dont have to go far for my first 2 points this evening
I definitely have to put namibia on my list of future travels !!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2638 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2009-01-02 9:31]

Hi Annick!

Another fantastic portrait of desert, sand and dunes. Superb play of shadows and light, great saturated colours. Just beautifull.

So where were you... atop a giant sand dune or in the air? Sand dunes are a gift to a photographer with an artistic eye. What fun to look for abstract compositions. I like that meandering diagonal cutting across your image. The color and sharpness are wonderful!

Evelynn : )

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-02 10:36]

Hi Annick. Not a footstep in sight. What beautiful shapes and colours. So well done TFS.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-02 10:58]

Hi Annick,
An artistic capture.Well seen and composed.POV,framing,exposure and visual impact are perfect.
Thanks for posting.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 486 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2009-01-02 11:23]

Hi Annick
exellent image
very nice composition and color tone
very well done.

Hi Annick, wonderful light and colors on sand, fantastic perspective, splendid composition
I like a lot

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5084 W: 166 N: 13009] (48434)
  • [2009-01-02 12:06]

Hallo Annick,
In het ochtendlicht zijn deze duinen fantastisch. Je moet wel precies het juiste moment kiezen, want het licht verandert elke minuut. Jij hebt dat dus gedaan. Prachtig in kleurschakering en scherpte. Erg mooie compositie.

Hallo Annick,

een favoriete plek voor TNers.
Zou er ook wel eens willen maar een beetje te duur.
Mooie foto van deze hoge duinen.
Prachtige kleuren en compositie.


Hi Annick, a great landscape capture from the dunes from Namibia. Wonderful colours and shapes.
TFS and cheers MF!

Hi Annick!
Fantasctic composition of colours. Another beautiful picture of desertic country.
Well done!

Hi Annick,

Beautiful. My eye keep on looking to the top line of sand dune.Great compo.and nice morning light.TFS.


Hello Annick!
First of all I wish you and you family ALL THE BEST IN 2009! Only happy momnets and great time in new year :)

According to the picture - it is not a "very winter photo" ;> but I like panoramic view for this dune. Colours are amazing, so natural and vivid. For many people it is just a sand, but I really like such composition :)
Greetings from winter Lodz,

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3474] (15151)
  • [2009-01-03 6:57]

Hello Annick,
a well composed picture with good POV. Very nice colours and fine lighting.TFS.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2164 W: 225 N: 4748] (16656)
  • [2009-01-04 0:15]

Hi Annick

Another splendid "big focal landscape" from you, my friend! It seems you are mastering them already and the artistic images that you manage to produce are simply exceptional!
I thought about trying such close-ups, too from some time but couldn't really do much with my Sigma 70-300. However, i ahve a new toy now - Sigma 150mm macro - which had the same front thread (not by chance) with my Sigma 17-70 and therefore i can fit it with a polarizer and even a ND grad if i want...so i just hope to find something interesting :)
Anyway, back to yours, i think cropping out the sky was an excellent idea! I love the tight look of only this dune, with it's beautiful "S" shape, the great natural contrast and splendid colors. For a little texture bonus you have those small piles of grass and that's all you need in a frame like this.

Bravo, TFS and Happy New Year!

A work of art Annick, the composition excellent.
Also of great merit are the colortones, light, and sweeping lines/curves/contours running through..
As I said, a work of art :)

This is a very cool perspective! And again the colours are amazing,
very nicely done!


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