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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
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 18-50 3.5-5.6 DC, ScanDisk UltraII 8GB, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/16, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: My Africa adventure
Date Submitted: 2010-03-09 0:39
Viewed: 3672
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

This tree at the foot of Dune 45 at the Sossusvlei in Namibia. It was thrilling hot, about 45 degree Celsius (over 100 F). Anyway just an impression from the desert, I still can feel the heat.

PP work, not much, shot in Raw, minor adjustment of brightness and contrast, converted to jpeg, small crop to get the border of the hill against the sky into the right upper corner. Resized sharpened using USM, add frame.

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lovely graphic shot, strong colours and good general composition, Hans. Really has impact on the viewer, very strong. My only thought would be a slightly different angle to have more of the tree breaking through the line of sand and sky? But a lovely image and could easily see this framed and on the wall.

Oh, and great title - the shot FEELS hot!

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2010-03-09 0:57]

Hi Hans,
A nice graphical composition with a good play with this digonal wall structure!
A marvellous tree being the focal point adorned with magnificent light.
Nice contrasting blue and brown colors.
A very sharp presentation.
Well seen and neatly presented.
My best regards,

Francis Xavier

Hello Hans,

I love this for its beautiful simplicity of subject, its classical, diagonal composition and its fine saturation.
It's the type of shot that one sees in photography textbooks!

Hope you're having a great time ... including the heat!
We have just been promised the possibility of a double figure temperature by the end of the week!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Bom dia Hans,
Warm and raw colors convey a sense of heat which is increased by the strict diagonal composition. The image is unforgettable for its beauty and artistic quality.
Great one, cheers,

hallo Hans,
waouw, dat zijn nogal kleuren!! ongeloofelijk de lijn met de hemel en die duinen!



I know this view :-) and a great photo of it - plenty of saturation, strong contrast and well composed...

I tell ya Hans - winter was nice there, just a little frosty at night....


hai great work...
just amazing.. wow
if u have time have a look of mine. thank you.

hi hans
great divide between sky and land,amazing combination of colours,love the sole tree amazing it survives in such heat.

Needless to say it looks real 'hot'.. I like the combination of the warm brown and cool blue here, diagonal hill top finishes it off beautifully, thanks Hans.


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2010-03-09 2:42]

Hi Hans

Snowing here as I type this, so good to see some warm red colours of the hot sand. I like the graphism of the gaunt, dark tree, too. Tfs!

Bonjour Hans.
Belle prise de vue avec une transversale bien contrôlée qui donne une superbe perspective à cette magnifique image.
Les couleurs chaudes sont aussi parfaites.
Bonne journée.

Fantastic graphic shot Hans, with the strong diagonal division of the shot, with the two bold colors, and only the tree breaking the line. well seen, and very well taken.

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2010-03-09 7:07]

merhaba dear Hans...
sıcaklığın büyüleyici etkisi, harika bir çekim ve paylaşım, güzel renk ve detaylar...

Hello Hans

I like the abstract line created by the dune. An awesome capture here. nice work


Bonjour Hans

Photo incroyable!!!
La dune aux couleurs typiques de la Namibie a une pente vertigineuse!!Et le contraste sur ce ciel si bleu est fantastique!!
J'aime cet arbre rachitique qui rompt cette géométrie naturelle!!
Bravo et TFS.

  • Ejtaan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 898 W: 10 N: 98] (475)
  • [2010-03-09 10:32]
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Sterke compo Hans... mooie plaat met bijzondere kleuren en prachtige details, vooral de kleine takjes van de boom.


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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2010-03-09 11:18]

Hi Hans,
Well made on the organization and the sharpness. The composition is excellent one.
Best regards.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 47 N: 1333] (7051)
  • [2010-03-09 11:58]

Hello Hans!
Beautiful, original composition with the abstract dune.
Great idea and excellent realization!
Lovely scene with the solitary tree and perfect exotic atmosphere! Excellent sharpness and splendid warm colours. TFS.
Ciao! Vanda
P.S.: Many thanks for your visit and comment :-)

I like the triangles formed by the clear blue sky and the dune with the tree seemingly 'printed' in it , a most photograqphed tree at the foot of the non less famous dune ,anyway not one shot is the same , i appreciate this one as much for its clarity , i bet you had the time of your life there shooting around the sand in 45c temperature , ouffff , good job Hans,
Tfs ,

Hi Hans..nice shot...well composed. Nice tones. Well done.


100F?? ahhh we do that every day in the summer here Hansie! Sometimes with 80% humidity! It's a killer. People die here without AC! This is wonderful, my feeling is that I want to place that diagonal line corner to corner, but it can't be done without cutting the tree! Ahh so it is lovely as it is! Wonderful shot!

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2010-03-09 20:54]

Hi Hans,
Very artisitic image with a strong composition and a very good rendering of colors! The contrast between warm ochred dune and blue sky is so vibrant. Thirst literally reads on this tortured tree. Very good rendering of the hot atmosphere! Annie

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2010-03-09 23:56]

Hi Hans...
Beautiful shot with so nice colors, composition...
Beautiful details...

Hi Hans,

The image is indeed hot artistically and weather wise. I love the graphism, colors, and sharpness. A joy to view this. Regards.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2010-03-10 4:13]

Hello Hans! That's a cleverly composed shot, beautiful and technically strong. It could be published in the best photo magazines, well done!


WoW beautiful colored photos.Very good details and composition.I like this photos.
Regards Zoran

Hi Hans

Photography at its best. What can one add....very beautiful
and a pure pleasure to the eye. Actually it is incredible that a
tree could grow in such a harsh environment. TFS


Hi Hans,
Wonderful fotografie,
Wonderful composition,
Harika bir kompozisyon ve fotoğraf.

Hello dear Hans!

WOW! Lovely shot with the giant dune. Great contrasts and lovely details with beautiful composition. The sand dune touching the top right corner is looking very attractive.

TFS, indeed a wonderful shot!

Best Regards,

Cool nice photo
I've a similar on trekearth.
Good geometrical photo.
Ciao Francesco

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