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This is Dead Vlei which has long been cut off from the Tsauchab River by a large sand dune. The result: a large amount of dead camelthorn trees, which have been...
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This is Dead Vlei which has long been cut off from the Tsauchab River by a large sand dune. The result: a large amount of dead camelthorn trees, which have been conserved by the extremely dry climate which prohibits the trees to decay. Whilst you can't see the trees in this shot (they are behind the left hand sand dune) climbing to the top of this dune meant we had amazing views of the sunset and the golden sand dunes of Namibia
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Witmar
 
Witmar July 11, 2017
good picture
prashanwilfred
 
prashanwilfred July 25, 2017
Amazing Technique !!!
PetalFairy
 
PetalFairy October 13, 2017
extraordinary capture !
Pjerry PRO+
 
Pjerry October 29, 2017
Wonderful. Voted curves in nature
felicebellini PRO
 
felicebellini November 30, 2017
Wonder capture
marcbaechtold
 
marcbaechtold May 14, 2018
cool photograph with nice details and good contrasts, keep shooting!
Nostroboy PRO
 
Nostroboy July 08, 2018
Exceptional comp ! Love the atmosphere
axnjax
 
axnjax November 02, 2018
Incredible composition.
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xavieRomeo April 19, 2019
Suberb!
MRueffer
 
MRueffer Mar 12
The person walking sure makes this shot, excellent
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Darrenp Mar 12
Thanks

Behind The Lens

Location
This is Dead Vlei which has long been cut off from the Tsauchab River by a large sand dune. The result: a large amount of dead camelthorn trees, which have been conserved by the extremely dry climate which prohibits the trees to decay. Whilst you can't see the trees in this shot (they are behind the left hand sand dune) climbing to the top of this dune meant we had amazing views of the sunset and the golden sand dunes of Namibia
Time
After a long drive we'd arrived too late to get to Sossusvlei so decided to explore Dead Vlei which is closer to the campsite. This meant that we were there in the late afternoon and through to sunset. This photo was probably taken about an hour before sunset so you can start to see the shadows of the dunes and the the ripples in the sand.
Lighting
Unlike a lot of my current photos which are blended bracketed shots this is single image that has been processed to bring out the shadows and add depth to the scene.
Equipment
This is quite an old photo and was taken on my first DSLR, a Canon 300D with the 18-55 EF-S kit lens which I loved and missed once I upgraded to a full frame body.
Inspiration
I'd hiked to the top of a very steep dune which left me totally out of breath, but once I'd turned around and saw the view, the clear leading line of my footprints heading towards my wife, and the sheer scale of the desert dunes and their shadows from the setting sun, it just screamed out to be captured.
Editing
This has just had a some colour balance and exposure adjustments (the sky darkened), other than that it was straight out of the camera.
In my camera bag
I've upgraded from the 300D and now have a Canon 5D mk3 and a 6D (which I prefer to the 5d). As landscapes are my main focus now I've a range of zoom lenses with my favourite being the Canon 16-35 f4L which I use most of the time. I've a Benro tripod but I tend to use one of two Suiri tripods that are more compact and lighter for when I travel which I combine with one of two ball heads. I use Nisi ND filters for my seascapes and waterfalls as I've found they are value for money whilst still being good quality. These are are all in an f-stop bag which is great for protecting my gear but also being comfortable when you have to hike to locations.
Feedback
Namibia is a photographers dream and I'd highly recommend it. The deserts, the wildlife, the people were amazing on our trip. We bought a car in South Africa and self drove around Southern Africa for three months camping every night in a small two person tent and loved every minute of it. The Namib Desert was a major highlight for us - go see it for yourself.

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