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Gourara 2

Gourara 2
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Copyright: Danielle Dupre (ddupre2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 457 W: 61 N: 215] (8136)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-01-12
Categories: Nature
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Marcher dans le sable d'Algérie
Date Submitted: 2011-01-19 7:52
Viewed: 3962
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
a mistake ! my camera was on tungstene light ! and there was too much sand to check settings, like american light...
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Superbe et inhabituel.
J'aime ce désert bleu. Excellente photo , très artistique.
J'aime ces ombres sur le sable. Les tiers sont impecs !
Bravo DanieLLe

I love the mood in this shot, Danielle!
Great contrast between the blue sky and the slightly golden deserts.
The play between the light and shadows make this work so special to enjoy.
The sharpness and POV are excellent.
Well taken!

Best regards,

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2953 W: 139 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2011-01-19 8:09]

Hi Danielle,
Another fine artistic presentation of this camel caravan and their master leading their way towards those marvelous trees. A very well balanced composition adorned with delightful back lighting. Great play with shadows. The mistake has turned into a marvelous mood!
Excellent presentation! This surely goes into my favorites!
Well done, Danielle.

Francis Xavier

the way the shadows and the camel outlines form a shape which mimics and remebers the shape of the dunes is just stunning. An outstanding and breathtaking "mistake"

Awesome picture... tungstene is not bothering me..
thanks for sharing


Bonsoir Danielle ,
Alors là , décidément ... c'est au moins aussi réussi - même involontairement - que " Gourara 1 " . Bravo ! Ernest .

Here they come again! Wonderful, exotic shadowing & sand rippling. Were they aware of you, at all? It looks like they've come to a stop given the herder's body language.



Oh my, this is fantastic!! Those silhouetted camels and the man on the ridge, the fantastic long shadows, and the well placed tree ... all just excellent. Great shot.

Hi Danielle
fascinating Arabian mood.
perfect capture of desert scene.
the camels with their long shadows in an incredible image. the composition is artistic and the colors just perfect.

This is definitly a wonderful shot.

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 0 N: 886] (8448)
  • [2011-01-19 9:45]

Bonsoir Danielle,

Une superbe composition , tu t'est trompé de réglage tu dit.
Ici, c'est une merveille. J'aime les silhouettes des dromadaires sur le sable, un belle effet d'ombre et de lumière. Cadrage parfait, du très bon travail.
Merci pour le partage,

L'Algérie nous livre ses trésors ici , superbe vue de ce convoi sur la crête de la dune , beau placement et le jeu d'ombres est dramatique et le moment bien choisi .
En ouvrant l'image j'ai bien aussi remarqué la luminosité , le sable n'étant pas correctement rendu , le tungstène n'est pas l'idéal mais bon il est difficile de corriger , as-tu pensé au noir et blanc pour cette photo enfin on y voit moins l'effet du tungstene car il se transforme en tons de gris ,voir l'atelier , fort belle prise Danielle, j'en suis jaloux !
Merci du partage,

Your use of the WB here has created a terrific shot in terms of colour, but it's the composition and your excellent timing that have really made it work.

There's a certain magic in the way the humped camels are themselves crossing a hump, and the rounded line of their shadows mirrors it so perfectly.

The use of negative space in the foreground is perfect to make this a serene, captivating shot!


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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 47 N: 1333] (7051)
  • [2011-01-19 10:55]

Bonsoir Damielle!
A wonderful, original composition. The light, the
shadows and the blue tone give a great, suggestive atmosphere!
Very well presented.
ciao! Vanda

Hello Danielle,
great composition, superb colors and shades,
I allowed myself to take it to my favorites.

  • Ejtaan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 898 W: 10 N: 98] (475)
  • [2011-01-19 13:12]

Despite the mistake I must say this is a lovely shot Danielle!
I admitt the colors look a bit odd, or they rather look as if the shot was taking in the middle of the day, which is a very difficult time, specially in the desert, but I really do like the effect! The shadows are awesom and the composition is just wonderful.
I'd say you can make some more "mistakes" if you ask me.... ;-)

Greetzzz, Anneke

Mistake? It is beautiful. Wonderful shot!

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  • tcr Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 10 N: 59] (708)
  • [2011-01-19 14:49]

The tungstene light is not a problem to me.
The off center composition works very well.
And the colour is very harmonious and pleasing.

A very good mistake! I like it! The silhouettes and the shadows made the pictures. Great pov and dof with sharp details. Very nice colors. Well done, tfs.

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  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 779 W: 26 N: 808] (9490)
  • [2011-01-19 17:10]

Hi Danielle,
yesterday's shot was great, this one is amazing! this falls into the " I wish I had taken that one" category
well done

a mistake indeed, but who cares... the composition and timing are unbeatable!!
Outstanding and very cool!!!

  • CMJC Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 154 W: 193 N: 124] (1187)
  • [2011-01-20 0:24]

et bien voilà donc un réglage à explorer!

la compo de l'image est parfaitement calculée et cette lumière "tungsténée" lui donne un plus indéniable!
(le WS de Carol montre qu'un classique NB est déjà super mais sans le plus de cette couleur.....)

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2011-01-20 0:30]

I love this !


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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2011-01-20 0:49]

Hi Danielle...
beautiful shot with so nice scene...
Nice shadows...

Comme quoi certaines erreurs techniques n'en sont pas dans l'absolu, Danielle ;o).
La qualité de base de ton image réside bien sûr dans le timing et dans la composition épurée et percutante à la fois, avec le rôle prominent des ombres sur le sable.
Quant aux couleurs pour le moins inhabituelles, je trouve qu'elles renforcent plutôt l'ambiance de ton image: comme spectateur, on se croirait DANS un mirage - effet visuel tout a fait cohérent avec l'environnement désertique, et qui aurait été absent si les couleurs avaient été naturelles...
Merci du partage & amicalement,

Hello Dupre

Wow, and I say WOW again. A wonderful capture here. I like the pov and the subject really well. I always picture the blazing sun and sandstorms when I see these kind of images. Watched Too many movies I guess. I did a workshop too let you see what I see in this scene. Just a scene from my memory watching French Foreign Legion movies. hope you like the it.


  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2011-01-20 9:25]
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Hi Danielle,
Wonderful shot, but I feel there is something not right about the shadows. I wonder why the shadows of the camels and teh shadows of the tree are oriented in different directions. Also why is that shadow of the man in front of the camels is significantly smaller than the shadows of the camels?


Bonjour Danielle
Comme tout a été dit , je m'en tiens aux félicitations pour cette nouvelle réussite

Puis-je me permettre d'être jaloux.....!!
Jaloux de cette qualité de lumière et d'ombre....de cette précision d'image...et de cadrage...bref de ne pas avoir été là...en même temps que toi.....
Mille mercis pour cette série magnifique qui vaut le coup d'avoir du sable...plein son appareil...!!!
Bravo Danielle...

Hi there
Beautiful photo. Fantastic composition. Stunning use of the shadows. Well done and TFS!

Ah, this is so beautiful!
The play of light and shadow...
The dead trees and living camels.
Thank you for sharing this photo...

Hi Danielle , truly awesome capture here!
Thanks for sharing,


Hi Danielle,
Amazing and unique composition. I love the shadows of the camels, the lonely tree and the man that looks exhausted!

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