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Shadows on Dune 45

Shadows on Dune 45
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Copyright: Aivar Mikko (metcher) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 510 W: 12 N: 990] (4284)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-16
Categories: Desert
Camera: Canon 300D, Canon EF 17-40mm f4L, Hoya HMC Pro1 Cir. Polarizer
Exposure: 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Landscapes of Southern Africa, Landscapes. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-12 3:15
Viewed: 5738
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 42
[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.
Monopod, ISO 200

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Hello Aivar,
Very eye-catching colours!
The dunes are contarsting the blue sky very well, and the lines in the composition are very attractive...
The trees add life to the somewhat hostile landscape!
Pablo -

Hi Aivar,
lovely shot of this beautiful landscape,
well saturated colours,
nice pov, good dof,
well composed shot,
very well done,
tfs & regards

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2271 W: 64 N: 4205] (13964)
  • [2006-12-12 4:07]

Hi Aivar,
Great composition, colors, sharpness, contrast, POV and DOF. Overall a great photo! Bravo!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2164 W: 225 N: 4748] (16656)
  • [2006-12-12 4:08]

Hi Aivar

What a spectacular view over this dune. The position of those tree is rather interesting (at least to me :) ) but the angle of the light here is just magnificently captured!
The perspective is excellent, the DOF great and the exposure spot-on. Due to that and the terrific use of the polarizer, all the colors and tones here are wonderful and very well saturated.
Excellent work!
Bravo and TFS

A very stunning photo of a beautiful landscape.


love the contrast in the image,
well captured,
pov, dof, details all very well done,


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3474] (15151)
  • [2006-12-12 6:43]

Impressive shot,Aivar!
Colors,sharpness and details are great!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-12-12 7:33]

Hello Aivar,
great scenry with beautiful colors and texture. I like the trees and the way the shadow falls agaist the dunes. POV, details and composition are wonderful.

Brilliant colours and very well composed. A gem of a photograph.


Hi Aivar,
Very good image indeed.
I like the compo especially with the shadow play.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-12 14:46]

Hi Airvar.
I am in delight from your landscape and skill with what it was photographed. Perfect colour palette: wonderful rich blue sky harmonize with nice yellow tomes of the dune and ground amazedly. Clearness of the light and colour impress at high level. BRAVO. I have got a large pleaser. TFS and my best regards.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-12-13 5:40]

Excellente qualité et superbe éclairage,lombre des arbre crèe un effet fantastique très agréable à regarder.Bravo pour l'éclairage chaud et la netteté.

Merci Aivar!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-13 7:46]

Composición técnica y estéticamente perfecta Aivar con el exacto punto de vista para captar la escena incluyendo las bellas sombras.
Me encantan los colores captados como así también la definición y agudeza obtenidos.
El encuadre me parece también el más adecuado por el porcentaje que le asignas al suelo, los médanos y el cielo.
Una gran presentación, sin dudas.

Perfect composition technical and aesthetically Aivar with the exact point of view to capture the scene including the beautiful shades.
I love colors captured as likewise the obtained definition and sharpness.
I also find the framing the most appropriate for the percentage that you assign to the ground, the dunes and the sky.
A great presentation, without doubts.

Hi Aviar.
I just stopped by to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas & Happy Holiday season.
Striking image/colors :)

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-12-15 17:18]

Well seen, the shadows look great, excellent colours and nice composition



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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-17 11:56]

Hello Aivar,
Wonderful landscape.Well seen and composed.POV,colors,lighting and framing are also excellent.

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 462 W: 14 N: 366] (2689)
  • [2007-01-07 14:51]

hi aivar, excelent shot, I like ths POV and this desert coloures,

Hi Aviar,

I like this landscape. Very nice composition. No nits. Very well done.


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-01-16 15:27]

hello Aivar
here is really wonderful desert photo with successful using of light and polarizer. i like point of view, vivid colours, shadows and details in your photo

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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2007-02-18 9:58]

Hello Aivar,
This is a very beautiful landscape. Great the placment of the trees and contrasted colors. Wonderful shadows play.
Well done & TFS

Hi Aivar,
Lovely shot of this beautiful landscape,
well saturated colours.


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