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Sunrise in the desert

Sunrise in the desert
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2000-04-26
Categories: Desert
Camera: nikon f 50, AF Nikkor 70-210, Fuji Sensia 100
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-13 2:30
Viewed: 4455
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another photo from my archive.
A few times we made treks through Morocco. One of them was in April/May 2000. We started in Ouarzazate and made a trek trough the Atlas in the South East of Morocco.
The photo is made in the early morning when we waked up and opened our tent. This is what I saw at sunrise. It was near the Algerian border. As you can see we travelled with camels.

It was the pre-digital period. This photo is scanned from a slide.

Errachidia (or Er-rachidia) is a province located on the south east of Morocco, in the Meknès-Tafilalet region, and it is considered to be one of the most historically important regions of Morocco. Errachidia is bordered by the province of Figuig to the east, Beni Mellal and Azilal Khenifra to the west, Boulmane to the north and Algeria to the south.

Errachidia, whose former name is Ksar Souk, was named My Rachid, in tribute to one of the main founders of the Alaouite dynasty, the current Morrocan royal family.

Source: Wikipedia

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Ciao Peter, fascinating sunrise with fantastic light,lovely composition with palms in FG, great view of fantastic desert, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Peter,

Very nice picture of this desert landscape with good light.
Very well timing to capture the nice moment. well done & TFS.

Wonderful view. very nice angel of the sun and the sands.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-09-13 4:00]

Hello Peter,
beautiful landescape! Excellent lighting, splendid natural colors. Great depth.
Thanks for sharing

Hello Peter,
A very nice desert landscape, great lighting, very good composition and great natural colours, very well taken,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice afternoon,
Best Regards,

Hello Peter,
nice capture of this desert landscape with good light and a very well chosen POV. Natural colours and great depth. Well done.
Best wishes,

Bonjour Peter,
Fascinante vue avec ses différentes lumières et ses ombres.
Très bien fait.

One can imagine the changing pattern of light across the dunes as the sun rises and changes position. A wonderful sight and landscape. regards yiannis

Hi Peter, Wow what a amazing scene to wake-up to in the morning awesome view, Very well balanced image, nice soft focus, just one small gripe is the highlighted dunes are a little bright but does not detract from this strong composition, great effort Peter and well done,


hallo Peter
mooie foto met veel kleuren die prachtig zijn
super goed licht ,veel details te zien
bedankt groetjes lou

Hi Peter,
amazing photo of this desert. Unusual for me. It's true that Morocco is my dream.:)
Amazing composition, colours and light.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Peter,
Amazing shadows and lights on the sand....
Excellent composition with interesting colors and perfect focus.
Thanks for sharing!

Fantastic place and fantastic lighting Peter! Excellent photo .

not many can capture the essence and beauty of the dessert, yet you have...incredible

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-09-13 9:52]

Hi Peter,very interesting for me,i will be there in the last week of September and it's very useful a magnificent pic from Merzouga.Fantastic lights games and magnificent view too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2011-09-13 10:09]

Hello Peter,
I've never been in desert but this scene show very interesting colours and lights. It's good composition with palm tree in the FG.
Regards, Pawel

Hello Peter,
Very interesting when you show us photos from ypur archives like this. Great lights, interestings shadows, and awesome deep. Nice shot MF!.. Regards & TFS!

Hallo Peter,
a fantastic landscape, marvellous lighting and colours, excellent point of view and a very beautiful composition
Best regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-09-14 1:39]

Hello Peter,
I'm always attracted to landscape pictures..and you show us a special one taken from your archives. Mornings in the desert are something so special, I remember a dromedar-ride in the Tunesian desert, this was just magnificent with the big sundisk rising from behind the horizon.
Very nice play of shadows and lights and well chosen framing.
Kind regards

Hi Peter,
Very well composed and captured photo. Great color, details and light.Very well done

Hallo Peter,

enn mooie compositie maar jammer van de voetstappen.
Dat maakt het net eveen van het onherbergzame en eenzame naar toerisme.
Mooie kleuren.
Mooi plekej...


Impresionante paisaje Peter, sacándole un gran partido a la luz.
Una imagen con "gancho" que te transporta y te hace soñar con ese remoto lugar.
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi.

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2011-09-14 18:55]

Hello Peter,

Wow nice nostalgic treat, those mountains are like meringue! Perfect light, choice POV & a very pleasing composition overall. I still find those chrome colors very compelling ... unbelievable the turn photography has taken in the past decade or so.



Bonjour Peter,
Très bonne composition, malgré le cadrage trop serré sur la droite amputant la ramure du palmier, et excellente maîtrise de la lumière permettant d'apprécier de splendides couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Peter,
What a magical feeling it must have been to view the sand dunes bathed in the sun light. Beautiful light and fantastic and fascinating landscape. Thank you for sharing this wonderland with us.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-09-15 11:47]

Hallo Peter,
a very beautiful landscape, superb warm colours well saturated, excellent point of view with a very pleasant perspective.Best regards Siggi

Hi Peter, this is a very particular Landscape, personally I-ve seen not so oft picture with desert, lovely tones in your picture, congrats !

have a nice evening,

ciao, tino

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-09-15 17:42]

Hello Peter,
The lighting in this shot is awesome. Such an incredibly beautiful landscape. The colors are stunning and the composition couldn't be any finer. Outstanding!!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2011-09-17 7:21]

Hola Peter.
I guess it was such a wonderful trip to the Morocco desert lands. You did a great work here to digit this slide.
TFS My friend.

Hi Peter,
excellent capture! remembering good times
TFS Ferran

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  • thijs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 1 N: 104] (529)
  • [2011-09-21 8:02]

Prachtig landschap heb je hier vastgelegd zeg! Lijkt me heel gaaf om daar nog eens heen te mogen. Mooi hoe de schaduw en de zondelen elkaar afwisselen voor wat diepte. De dromedaris is een geweldige toevoeging.


Hello Peter

The 2 different color tones of the sand
are giving a beautiful effect to the image
and a great contrast from the sky's color, TFS


Hello Peter ,
very different approach. great PoV.
good DoF.
great colour and very well composed.
thanks and regards,

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