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Footprints



Nature illustrating the dynamic lines of the sossussvlei desert beneath your feet. Magic!

Nature illustrating the dynamic lines of the sossussvlei desert beneath your feet. Magic!
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35 Comments | Report
cevert
 
cevert August 22, 2013
Fabulous image!
iceman2
 
iceman2 August 22, 2013
Excellent capture that show great texture!
jahangiri
 
jahangiri September 06, 2013
nic
Timbo
 
Timbo September 14, 2013
Wow, just brilliant.....
Lloyd_Abrenica
 
Lloyd_Abrenica October 28, 2013
amazing shot.
brentmorris PRO+
 
brentmorris January 02, 2014
Exceptional
stuartjamieson PRO+
 
stuartjamieson January 03, 2014
Magnificent
AnthonyAlpha PRO
 
AnthonyAlpha January 03, 2014
Beautiful! Award well deserved.
SteveFlint
 
SteveFlint January 03, 2014
simply great!
BrianpSlade
 
BrianpSlade January 03, 2014
Simply superb!...Well done and congrats!....Brian
FrankSomma PRO+
 
FrankSomma January 03, 2014
Outstanding MS!
melissafarelli PRO
 
melissafarelli January 03, 2014
Masterpiece.
Joey_Howard
 
Joey_Howard January 05, 2014
Simply wonderful shot!! The person in the shot shows how amazingly huge the sand dune is.
Jacc
 
Jacc January 05, 2014
Great shot
Grateful PRO+
 
Grateful January 07, 2014
Congratulations - perfect capture
jojoxena
 
jojoxena January 07, 2014
Congrats,awesome shot!
sachinus2010 PRO+
 
sachinus2010 January 14, 2015
No words can be enough to appreciate this shot ! Amazing .. Congrats !
MuscularSaint PRO+
 
MuscularSaint January 17, 2015
What great image so pristine one suggestion I'd crop just a little more of the blue sky I think it would make this image pop more
AlejandroFerrand PRO+
 
AlejandroFerrand January 21, 2015
Amazing shot! Incredbile depth!
Pjerry PRO+
 
Pjerry January 21, 2015
Haha, ik dacht hem al te herkennen van FotoVideo.nu....
Mooie foto's in je gallery....
marizzza
 
marizzza February 08, 2015
special!
Salmalakhani
 
Salmalakhani February 11, 2015
Great captivity!
Salmalakhani
 
Salmalakhani February 11, 2015
Great captivity!
saptakjoy
 
saptakjoy February 12, 2015
Awesome composition.........
Very unique capture......
Peterbaureiss
 
Peterbaureiss February 22, 2015
Original composition. great colour too.
Kottibugs
 
Kottibugs February 27, 2015
One of the best amazing photos ever !!!
Unoeilsurlavie
 
Unoeilsurlavie March 03, 2015
magnificent
Mike_MacKinven
 
Mike_MacKinven March 16, 2015
Love this! Simplicity with a story :)
BrunoHeeb PRO
 
BrunoHeeb April 24, 2015
amazing shot ,love your style
DrCheema
 
DrCheema November 07, 2015
Love this one. well done.
Workshopphotos
 
Workshopphotos May 31, 2016
Unique and fabulous
Workshopphotos
 
Workshopphotos May 31, 2016
Unique and fabulous
saleemshahid1051952
 
saleemshahid1051952 July 18, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
saleemshahid1051952
 
saleemshahid1051952 July 18, 2016
Fantastic shot love the composition!!!
mikeduquet
 
mikeduquet Mar 16
I love the contrast, magnificent!!

Behind The Lens

Location
This image was taken on one of the most stunning sand dunes in the impressive Namib desert. A colossal towering dune. Well worth a climb!
Time
We set of bitterly early from our campsite outside of the park and reached the beauty of a dune at about 6AM. The sun was just about reaching the golden sands. We set of for the climb, at this stage the sand was still cool to the touch. An hour later as we neared the summit the sand burned under our feet!
Lighting
The sun's rays were gentle at first but gradually increased in strength across the sands. One side of the dune was caught in the shadows which created a stunning effect on the virgin sands.
Equipment
This image was taken with a Canon Eos 50D, 17-85mm lens. It was shot hand-held.
Inspiration
The patterns! Just look at the dynamic lines in the sand. Mesmerizing. I couldnt wait to get a picture of it but I wanted a focal point in the image and that was my girlfriend. This dune may never have been trodden on before. Pure magic!
Editing
Normally there is always some touch up of the levels and some contrast adjustments but I try to keep it too a minimal because I truly try to reflect what the reality was. Thats important for me.
In my camera bag
I took this image with an Eos 50D but since I took that swimming with me in the oceans of south america (no, I didnt do that on purpose - a freak wave lifted me off my feet and mashed me against a cliff) I have now traded that in for a Eos 5D Mark II which is an absolute beast of a camera! Beyond that a telephoto lens is always part of my kit so I drag around the ridiculous weight of the 100-400mm. My favourite lens currently however is the 17-40mm. The landscapes I can capture with that little beaut is fantastic!
Feedback
Much of photography comes down to opportunity and sacrifice. There are amazing images out there waiting to be taken, not just by professional photographers, but you have got to be willing to sacrifice something for it. Whether that means getting up at ridiculous o'clock to catch that first ray of sun or hunkering down in a sleeping in the snow at -10 degrees celsius waiting for that snow leopard to appear (who never will). You got to recognise an opportunity and go for it. It will pay off eventually!

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