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Namib desert

Namib desert
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-06
Categories: Desert
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Namibia, a photographer's dream
Date Submitted: 2008-12-26 5:28
Viewed: 5224
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photograph is captured at Le Mirage Desert Lodge. The lodge is situated close to Sesriem on the C27. We’re looking to the west here. Altitude 736m. Coordinates S24 40.969 E15 48.884. wikimapia and if you zoom out a bit you’ll get this.

Yes, the sun was setting in the west that particular day. Very strange:-).
Apparently these mountains in the background have no name. I checked this on the map and also through Garmin’s Mapsource with a T4A GPS Namibia map installed. No name… anyway we’re approx. 110 km away from the Coast Line. The only problem getting to the South Atlantic, is that you’re walking straight into one of the oldest deserts on earth, the Namib desert. Believe me…
You’ll never make it. The desert is harsh. I experienced that the next day when I did a 2km hike to Deadvlei (Sossusvlei). If you do this(don’t do it)…do this hike at sunrise when the temperature and the sun are still under control. Never ever again for this dude…
About the photo…
Sunset images aren’t really my cup of tea as the colors are often too random. It’s a bit too easy in terms of photography. Nevertheless I posted this photo ‘cause of a few reasons:
Sun isn’t visible.
Secondly it was quite an awesome experience and that’s an understatement. But this is no argument in terms of photography but…
(and lastly) I did my best to paint the original atmosphere through editing and slight adjustments in Adobe.
Anyway I hope you enjoy it and please don’t hesitate to share your negative critique(s) as well.
Thanks for looking…

Image Stabilizer.

Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
6-12-2008 19:38:10
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM
Focal Length
400,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
White Balance
AF mode
One-Shot AF

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hallo annick,
beautiful capture, the layers look great here, i liked the tones and the way you have framed this shot, very aesthetically done,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-12-26 6:03]

Hi Annick,
One more beautiful landscape from Namib, simple composition and some great colors. I liked that deep purple of the hills and brilliant colors in the sky. Excellent capture. tfs.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-26 6:05]

Hi Annick,
Lovely landscape.POV,lighting,exposure,DOF and composition are excellent.Artistic work!
Thanks for posting.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2008-12-26 8:12]

Beautiful colors and lovely simple forms. Well done!



The simplicity of the composition, the soft colors, and the wonderful layers make this a very effective image.
Lovely work.

Evelynn : )

Hello Annick
good hand of lights and shadows and beautiful contrast between mounts and the sky. The soft tonalities optimally balanced render this desert landscape nearly unreal.
Happy new year

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-26 10:22]

Hi Annick. This is one of the best pictures i have seen of a desert on TN. This looks like a water colour painting . I would be happy to hang this on my office wall for all to see. It has a calming efect in the pastle colours. very wel ldone TFS.

PS it going in to my favorites.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-12-26 10:26]

Hello Annick,
Beautiful mountain silhouette, great light.. Well done


Hi Annick,
Beautiful landscape.Very good POV & light, artistic composition
TFS. Regards.

Hello Annick.
A wonderful landscape!
Excellent perpective and chromatism.
Spectacular depth of field.
Thanks for sharing this beauty!
José Roberto

Hello Annick

The simple composition is wonderful.
Excellent pastel colours,you handled the light well.
Absolutely beautiful.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-12-27 6:33]

Annick, lovely shot and what a landscape. Superb layers and lovely color tones. Ganesh

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-12-27 8:47]

Hi Annick

This is a splendid sunset!
I have absolutely no negative criticism to give this shot! Honestly.
I love the tones and the colors everywhere and how well the contrast with each other - the warmer FG and the sky against the cooler tones of the far away hills.
The perspective is also excellent and the simplicity of the composition and its elements is exactly what makes this work so well.
Very nice framing and pp, too!

BRAVO, TFS and Happy holidays mt friend!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-27 10:05]

Hello Annick,
Simple image that has great appeal: the composition and colours are great and the there is almost a 3-D effect with the different layers of the hills. I agree with you about sunsets and this is a good way of emphasising the effects rather than taking the direct setting sun.
Well done and TFS!

Hi Annick, another superb landscape shot from Namibia desert. Colours and composition are great.
TFS this MF.

Hoi Annick,
Dit is wel een erg mooie foto. het zachte licht en de zachte pastel kleuren zijn echt super. Een erg mooie compositie en het effect van de telelens maakt het lage perspectief alleen maar mooier. Een foto die direct naar mij fav's gaat.

I really like this shot, it is so clean and smooth. Nice colours too,


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-28 17:37]

Hello Annick,
Incredibly wonderful image Annick, the composition and colors are so soothing. The image reminds me of a painting my friend, thank you and seasons greetings.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-29 14:33]

Hi Annick,
an amazing scene!
The light is really nice.
Great atmosphere.
Excellent composition.

I think this is the best landscape shot I've ever seen which was taken with a 400mm lens :-D

Very well done,

Beautiful picture with real soft and subtle colours. You've really managed to capture an atmosphere here.

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