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Red dunes Sossusvlei

Red dunes Sossusvlei
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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: Desert
Camera: Canon 5D, 70-200f2.8L IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Namibia, a photographer's dream
Date Submitted: 2009-01-07 9:15
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Thanks for your critiques and comments concerning my previous post and I hope you enjoy this one...
These ancient dunes near Sossusvlei are photographed in the relatively frequently visited center of the national park, accessible by road from Sesriem. You can find more info about Sossusvlei in my Namibia collection..
Sossusvlei is situated in the Namib-Naukluft National Park.

From wikipedia
Namib-Naukluft National Park is an ecological preserve in the Namib Desert in southwest Africa, thought to be Earth’s oldest desert. The park is the largest game park in Africa, and a surprising collection of creatures survives in the hyper-arid region, including snakes, geckos, unusual insects, hyenas, gemsboks and jackals. More moisture comes in as a fog off the Atlantic Ocean than falls as rain, with the average 106 millimeters of rainfall per year concentrated in the months of February and April.

The winds that bring in the fog are also responsible for creating the park’s towering sand dunes, whose burnt orange color is a sign of their age. The orange color develops over time as iron in the sand is oxidized, like rusty metal; the older the dune, the brighter the color.

These dunes are the tallest in the world, in places rising more than 300 meters (almost 1000 feet) above the desert floor. The dunes taper off near the coast, and lagoons, wetlands, and mudflats located along the shore attract hundreds of thousands of birds.

‘Namib’ means open space and the Namib Desert gave its name to form Namibia – “land of open spaces”. The park was established in 1907 when the German Colonial Administration proclaimed the area between the Swakop River and the Kuiseb River a game reserve. The park's present boundaries were established in 1978 by the merging of the Namib Desert Park, the Naukluft Mountain Zebra Park and parts of Diamond Area 1 and some other bits of surrounding government land.

The park has some of the most unusual wildlife and nature reserves in the world, and covers an area of 49,768 km² (19,215 square miles). It's an area far larger than Switzerland, roughly the size of the US states New Hampshire and Vermont combined. The region is characterised by high, isolated inselbergs and kopjes (the Afrikaans term for rocky outcrops), made up of dramatic blood red granites, rich in feldspars and sandstone. The easternmost part of the park covers the Naukluft Mountains.

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Very nice composition in many different layers and beautiful colours. The depth is stunning.
Best wishes,

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-01-07 9:27]

Hello Annick!

Another work of art made by sand and light. Very calm picture with rust-coloured shades and great shapes. It must be superb place to visit.

Again abeutiful shot of these dunes
I have to go !!!!

Hi Annick,
Not only you are a very good wild life photographer but now you have also proved as a very good landscape photographer. Here a lovely scenery of the desert. Very well composed and well seen. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-07 10:40]

Hi Annick. A very different sky in this picture of the dunes. Once the colours and shapes play a big part in the landscape. I like the flat square edges to the large dune in the forground. All in a nice well presented frame. TFS.

Someone with your innate eye for composition must have had a great time among the dunes. It is an interesting juxtaposition of the sharp angles and curve.

Evelynn : )

hello Annick

great picture
i like the shadow
and the colours
greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-01-07 11:24]

Hi Annick,simply fantastic,a very professional pic,ready for a great travel magazine! Just my great compliment,thanks to show us this beauty,Luciano

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2009-01-07 13:50]

Hi Annick
very nice image

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-07 18:09]

Hello Annick,
What a spendid landscape taken under some difficult lighting conditions which you have managed superbly. What a spectacular sight this must have been to see first hand. Great work my friend.

Salut Annick
Encore un remarquable cliché une fois de plus.
Les couleurs de ces dunes sont splendides et qu'elle netteté, la présentation est de toute beauté.
merci pour le partage et Bravo....JP

Hello Annick,

Beautiful desert scape image, I did see some sites like this in Egypt but not nearly as nice. Excellent d.o.f with stunning shadows on the dunes. Really well framed and composed, also nice to see the 5d being used, I take it was for the full frame image, just stunning.

Cheers Rick :)

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-01-08 0:00]

Hi Annick,
The elements are not in unison here, bit disappointing. But you did your best under these circumstances. tfs.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-01-08 1:03]

Hello Annick,
Very well composed, and the details, sharpness and lighting are excellent. TFS

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-08 9:40]

Beautiful Annick!
The composition and colours of this Namibian sand-dune image are wonderful and the effect of the cloud shadows produces a great effect of changing light and shade.
A fine shot of professional quality.

Hi Annick,
Excellent namibian dunes & sand series or collection, good POV & composition. TFS. Best regards. Ferran

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2009-01-09 11:52]

Hi Annick,
I hope you are fine.

Wonderful picture with interesting geometry. The sky is great/ I like colors too.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2009-01-09 17:18]

Annick, this looks like a painting. It is beautifully composed, and the lighting gives such deep colours to the sand
Well done

Hello Annick

A terrific landscape shot, very artistic and well composed.
The lines are lovely with different angles and horizons and such.
Excellent light and colours.
I could see this as a laminated print.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-10 3:54]

Hi Annick,
greeting and warm regards. Thanks for liking my millipedes shot.
this shot is really splendid in its graphical rendition. Well seen tones in superbd clarity and saturation of colours. the brownish sand really contrast to soft and pestel sky.
Brilliant capture and a very pleasant presentation.


Hi Annick,

I love this picture. Very good composition of the dunes. The lights and shadows is great, make a strong picture. Moreover, I like this new way to present your photos.


Great, one of my dreans, this year(july) I'll go back to Kenya (SAmburu, Lake Nakuru, Massai Mara, Amboseli and Tsavo), but my next has to be in Namíbia. Your landscaps are wonderfull, the lights, colours and composition, everything in a right place. Congratulations.

Best Regards


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-01-23 3:07]
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Ha Annick,

Neem aan dat je ook de beruchte klim op dune 45 erop hebt zitten,een tiental jaren geleden ook eens een poging ondernomen,een fraai uitzich met mooie schaduwlijnen,



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