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Copyright: Hans Spruijt (GreenBaron) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3009 W: 919 N: 12213] (52777)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-28
Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment, Mood
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 18-50 3.5-5.6 DC, ScanDisk UltraII 8GB, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/16, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: My Africa adventure
Date Submitted: 2010-03-15 9:34
Viewed: 8195
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

While having a hike through the sossusvlei in the scorching sun, desperate looking for shadow (without success) I observed two lunatics descending the top of a dune. For sure they must have been lost. No one with more brains than a mosquito would take such a trip in this heat.

Anyway it shows the emptiness of this place (which the desert in fact isn't :-)

Not much PP work, shot in Raw, adjusted levels and curves after converting to jpeg, small crop, resized and sharpened, add frame.

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hi bro.
that definitely ain't me on that ridge. fat guys shouldn't be out in that sort of heat.

you have caught the mood very nicely. the burning sand is emphasised by the blueness of the sky.
well spotted.

OHHHHHHHH not only is it killer hot, just standing still, if you try and walk in SAND it's even worse! Oh yes, people could die real quick out in this! Beautiful shot Hansie! Love the ridge here, it's super nice and sharp!

Nice pic Hans - it was hot enough in the winter in Sossusvlei during daylight, so summer must be a belter... I bet they're English - you know the saying "mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun" :-)

Great colour, really like the harsh look to the place.. Great view of the Namib!!


Hallo Hans,

De twee gekken zijn wel goed voor de maatvoering, de foto is mooi scherp, de kleuren zijn mooi.
De schaarse begroeiing leid je de foto in.
Je lens is trouwens ook niet verkeerd!

groeten Mark

Bonjour Hans
Magnifique image de ce désert.
Les couleurs sont superbes.
J'espère que ses deux personnes en haut de la dune ne sont pas perdu.

WooooW beautiful photos.Great colors light .... everything is great.I like this photos.
Regards Zoran

Haha great shot! I love it! What a place. I can imagine you, laden with camera gear, determinedly tackling everything this arid land threw at you ... despite the heat.

Great sense of scale thanks to the figures on top of the dune, good composition and a solid demonstration in the effective use of aperture.


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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2010-03-15 12:12]
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Hello Hans,
So--- I hope you were in a vehicle?? This is a beauty. Excellent color tones/contrasting blue sky and nice strong details. Well done ! TFS Julie

Hoi Hans,

What an effective composition from a perfect POV!

I love the color tones reflected by these well shaped dunes. Very well balanced light usage! Perfect sharpness and well shown natural colors. Marvelous job!

best regards,

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2010-03-15 13:41]

Hi Hans,
A nice desert shot with marvellous sand dunes adorned with fabulous warm lighting. Nice play with shadows and beautiful color tones.
Nice contrast with the blue sky. The presence of the human element makes us compare the vastness of this desert.
A very sharp image, neatly presented.

Francis Xavier

Nice one, the dunes are always eyecatching and the sand saturated colour looks great under the blue sky.

The small bushes in foreground add a nice touch and the two 'mosquitos' on top of the dune are necessary to understand the scale.

Good DOF thru the f/16


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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2010-03-15 16:07]

Hi Hans,
great lines & colours,I'm amazed that their is plant life in the foreground,hardy vegatation for sure.

Hello Hans!
Very beautiful picture from the desert!
Good light, beautiful colours, lovely perspective!
Best regards!

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  • HienVy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 369 W: 18 N: 697] (4273)
  • [2010-03-15 21:13]

Hi Hans
Excellent lighting and colors. Beautiful POV.
Best regards

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  • KBE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 571 W: 132 N: 805] (3839)
  • [2010-03-15 22:07]

Hi Hans
Nice use of sunny 16, i like the composition its strong and effective.

The inclusion of figures at the top right give a good sense of scale.

Nice colors and clarity. One of beautiful Dune shot :)


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  • lavan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 710 W: 2 N: 153] (4208)
  • [2010-03-15 23:11]

nice DOF
good colors
nice composition
good one

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2010-03-15 23:39]

wow, superb moody picture !
Love it !!!


Hello Hans ,
WOooooow....Amazing composition,wonderful site with lovely warm colors and accurate exposure makes it one of your best shots!!the saturated colors and steeping sand slides looks so fabulous here,the 50/50 framing works here with deep blue sky in BG which adds in its beauty,well captured and well done.
Best Wishes

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2010-03-16 6:30]

Hello Hans, beautiful shot my friend, the colors are just awesome! The presence of the lunatics is a big plus to show the scale. Very well done, thanks!


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2010-03-17 11:14]

Hallo Hans

This one jumped out at me in your recent gallery. Striking warm cold color contrasts, with good sharpness & framing. Tfs!

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