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Naukluft Berge

Naukluft Berge
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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: 2008-12-07
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon 5D, 70-200f2.8L IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Namibia, a photographer's dream
Theme(s): Vanderschelden's Africa, Silpa's "Unforgettable" Favourites !!! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-04 10:37
Viewed: 5338
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I visited Sossusvlei and especially Deadvlei as a final destination and afterwards I had to drive back to the east and out of Sossusvlei and Namib desert.
Then I saw this huge screen. As if I was in a theatre.
You couldn't see anything behind that dark screen but to the left and the right there was bright light, blue sky with white clouds, etc. Everything open. Pretty weird.
There was also spectacular lightning going on...
This is taken a bit later..
My altitude 1055 m
Coordinates S24 00.264 E15 57.549
Road: gravelroad M36/C19.
Approx. every 300m you had to drive through water.
Summer in December= sometimes rain= washed away gravel roads.
I guess what you see here are the northern part of the Naukluftberge.
We are close to the Tsondab river and the big town Solitaire. Solitaire is more or less a petrol station and a lodge. They have delicious apple pie. And as we all know, there's always room for apple pie...

Thank for looking..

nglen, Heaven, jaycee, valy67, PaulH, jeanpaul, Evelynn, smitha, anilnediyara, horia, uleko, iris, anel has marked this note useful
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  • Great 
  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-04 10:43]

Hi Annick. This is one of the most dramatic picture i have seen on TN. This looks straight out of a film set. The light is sureal once in a life time picture and you have captured it perfectly . very well done TFS.


hello Annick
amazing wath a beautiful photo

i like the light and dark very mutch
great picture
greeting lou

  • Great 
  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-01-04 12:08]

Hi Annick!

You present us a delightful picture! I like it so much. The ambience is superb, captivating and exciting. There's much power in the picture and the colour tones are fabulous. A great landscape picture!

Kind regards


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-04 12:20]

Hi Annick,

The only word for this scene is spectacular. You have captured the drama perfectly. The colors are outstanding - the effect is dynamic. The picture is so well balanced - a wonderful work of art.


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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-01-04 12:48]

Hello Annick !
Wow, splendid moment you have captured here - I love the contrast between the warm light on the right side, and the dark clouds on the left side. It's really a dramatic scene, it must have ben great to watch it - you're so lucky ! :-) Very well done !

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-01-04 12:49]

Hi Annick,
an awesome and evocative landscape, showing nature at it's primitive best. Very well composed with excellent exposure...all this talk of apple pie is making me hungry :o)

Hi Annick,
Very beautiful landscape, like you say it is a scene directly from a movie screen, very unreal. Great POV, composition, DOF, very beautiful colours and lighting.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-01-04 14:57]

Hi Annick,i haven't words to comment a fanatstic pic like that!!Just my great compliments,2 points are not enough,have a nice week,luciano

  • jeanpaul Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2097 W: 99 N: 3518] (14962)
  • [2009-01-04 15:44]

Bonjour Annick
Cette photo est trés jolie, j'aime beaucoup la composition et les couleurs de ce magnifique paysage qui annonce une belle tempêtre.. Belle profondeur de champ, avec un joli fond qui met bien le cette scêne en valeur. De bons détails également. Bien joué et bravo...JP
( Les sourires demain )

What an amazing scene and photo record of it. It is just wonderful... the light, the silhouetted shapes, the yellow in the foreground that ties with the yellows in the sky, the light! Was there any lightning associated with these downpours?
I really like the poster-like presentations you have been using.

Evelynn : )

I've never associated Namibia with apple pie. TN is so informative!!

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2009-01-04 17:19]

Hello Annick,
what a great timing you had for this picture ... congratulations and TFS

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2009-01-04 18:50]

Hello Annick,
Beautiful landscape shot. The scene looks magnificent.No wonder you felt like you were in a theater. one can easily imagine camera panning to focus on the hero riding on the horseback.;) Really, beautiful place and you have captured it with excellent eye.Thanks for the share,

Olá Annick

Maravilha esta fotografia...cores excepcionais, um trabalho simplismente fantástico.

  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 103 W: 39 N: 11] (54)
  • [2009-01-04 19:03]

hello Annick

For once, I would not mind the dark tone.

Simply amazing moment of nature that inspires even the least appreciative people.

Now who can say this is less nature than a wildlife or flower or insect?

Excellent work.

tfs, bill

Hi Annick,
This is a great moment captured by you. Dramatic mood, just like you mentioned in notes Theatric is the scene. TFS and waiting to see more such beauties from you.

Hello Annick

Amazing POV and timing.
The big screen analogy is perfect.
A wonderful moment captured.
Excellent clarity and lighting.
Well done.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-01-05 0:05]

Hi Annick,
Another spectacular image from your trip, great mood and character. Fine image showing the fury and beauty of the 'Nature'. tfs.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-01-05 0:40]

Hi Annick

Another very unique presentation from you, my friend!
This Namibian trip of yours seem to have been completely different than the KNP one...you have some much more of these closed-in landscapes which i'm sure can make amazing prints or calendars (not that your animals shots can't...but there are a bit rarer i think).
This, too, is a magnificent phenomenon captured here, framed superbly and exposed perfectly.
The dynamic range here is amazing, too - reaching from those VERY dark clouds to those light blues - without having to overexpose any of them.
Very good work with the colors and perspective, as well.

Bravo and TFS

What an impression. I was in Sept 08 here in the Naukluft - only sun ...

Best wishes and a Happy New Year 2009,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-05 10:18]
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Hallo Annick,
Wat een schitterende en indrukwekkende foto. Fantastische kleuren. Het bovenste deel van de foto met de rolwolken is helemaal indrukwekkend. Was dit geen zandstorm? Wij zijn daar toen door zo'n storm gereden. Van het ene op het andere moment was het zicht volledig weg, tot we er doorheen waren, want toen was de lucht weer helemaal blauw.
Jij hebt het in elk geval perfect op de foto staan.

Quality, Quality, Quality !!!!
A masterword in your work !

  • Great 
  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-01-05 12:28]

Very impressive shot!
The atmosphere is fantastic.
Excellent sharpness.
Great composition.

Very well done, Annick!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-06 2:06]

Hello Annick,
What an incredible and dramatic moment you've caught here. This must have been rather frightening! Fantastic colours and very well composed. Brilliant work!!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-01-06 2:44]
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Indeed there is always room for an apple pie...but before Solitaire, there was another delicious thing waiting...Naukluftberge...And thank you for sharing this amazing scene Annick...theatrical, magical, ethereal, call it what you may...this was one timed up just so that you may capture it in the most magnificent PoV and compelling composition.The layers of lighting and hues unfolding in the atmosphere, the dark sky and looming clouds as if heaven almost came down and the stretch of land ahead...each element works fantastically ...
This is truly an "unforgettable" image and i would love to add this to my theme "unforgettable".I look forward to your scape photography in 2009 as much as your wildlife works.
Wish you and family a peaceful and healthy 2009

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-01-06 5:06]

Bonjour Annick,
Impressionnant paysage, comme un rideau ouvert sur une scène irréelle. Magnifique et magique moment, très bien capté par ton objectif. Tu es aussi un "paysagiste" de grand talent!
Un grand merci et mes meilleurs voeux pour 2009

You were at the right place, at the right time! Great job with this very effective shot!


Hi Annick,
I have missed many of your last posts. This outstanding! You did great by capturing the scene as I imagined it was in real! Colors and breathtaking and you chose perfect exposure. I understand that Namibia could be a photographer's dream!

  • Great 
  • livius Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 300 W: 0 N: 391] (1525)
  • [2009-01-28 23:22]

Hello Annick
it seems nearly that the sky is in order to fall down pulling down itself on the earth burned from the sun. Very beautiful the dark tonalities that contrast with the blue of the sky on the background.
Great capture

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