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Dead Vlei

Dead Vlei
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Copyright: Saskia van Diesen (svdiesen) Silver Note Writer [C: 9 W: 3 N: 21] (204)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-08-14
Categories: Desert
Camera: SONY DSC-S75
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Namibia
Date Submitted: 2005-01-17 19:11
Viewed: 8170
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 45
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dead Vlei is a dried out patch in the middle of the famous dunes of Sossusvlei. The trees have been standing like this for 800 years !

If you want to climb a dune, try "Big daddy", which you see in the back instead of the too crouded Dune 45. We were told it's the highest one, at 300 m and we climbed it at around 11 o'clock - it was a bit warm allright. But the view is magnificent and the "running" down is exillerating as well !

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Spectacular composition. The constrast of sky and sand, light and shadow, flat and curvilinear is wonderful. Beautiful.

Very nice photo with great color, interesting subjects and a great note too. Amazing that the wood has not rotten in 800 years! Here in the Pacific Northwest of USA we get so much rain wood can rot within just 5 years. Large logs take much longer, but pressure treated fence posts rot quite readily. I am sure the lack of moisture in this scene has contributed to the longevity of the dead trees.

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  • azulu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 75] (374)
  • [2005-01-17 21:11]

Very nice composition Saskia. Very beautiful colours. I love the composition. Congratulation.

Beautiful landscape, I love your compositon with strong contrasts and vivid colors.

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-01-18 1:24]

Really striking! One of the few occasions where the focus in the middle makes sense - good thing are not tied down by "rules". Sharp contrasty colours adds to the mood. Good quality and sharpness. I like it.

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ****
Color: ****
DOF: ****
POV: ****

Great composition.
Very well done.

Namibia is perhaps one of the very few places that surpasses american southwest desert in desolation, nevertheless they are teeming with life hard to observe by the untrained eye ... Outstanding composition ! Is it Kalahari ?

How have I missed seeing your images saskia they all look very god this one for me stood out, this is a clasic Namib desert shot, I think it would of been my 1st guess of place.
A beautifully clear almost minimalist scene you have captured, so simple in it's lines would make a great poster. TFS

A beautiful image, well composed even with the tree in the middle. Contrasting colours are so vivid, I love. Nice note to.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-22 13:13]

This is a wonderful landscape shot Saskia. The tones complement each other and the trees are a nice touch.

Very well done and thanks for posting.

Great shot of Deadvlei - I got there in the end but was too exhausted to make much of the place. Photographs just don't give the full story of what has to be done to caprture the image. Excellent shot.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-01-23 19:07]

Saskia, very, very beautiful colors we have here. Stunning contrast, nice composition, great POV, and sharpness. It looks like a picture, it's pleasant, it's perfect.


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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-01-29 8:39]

What a beautifull image, wonderfull sky, contrast and vivid colours,sharpness is perfect thank you for sharing,

You did a great photo Saskia,

Wow !! It´s vry beatiful !! Congatulations !!!

Everything is perfect in this image. As a desert lover this is a favorite. Excellent post. Thanks for sharing.

This is clearly one of the best images in this web site. I like the colors - it is classic colors for this type of picture.

Nice work

BTW - I have workshoped this picture

Hi, Saskia--
Very nice shot. What a beautifully arid, yet colorful landscape. Well done.

Magnificent photo.
Beautiful colours, clarity and depth. Excellent composition.
Very well done.

Hello Saskia,
I am speechless in front of your photos. Superb gallery, too bad not enough time for me to write to all of your images. This one, in particular, captivates me now... the composition, the sharpness of the image, your artful eye... congratulations!!!

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  • lukdm Silver Star Critiquer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 7] (165)
  • [2005-08-24 5:38]

gewoon schitterend.

Hi Saskia:

Very well composed with great and amazing colors definition. Nice DOF and also the note (unbelivable tree !!)


Hi there,

I´ve got the same tree...from another point of view...look at TrekEarth!

Cheers, Michael

Awesome composition. So simple and unclutterd.

Nice shot. You have captured the feeling of desolation and lonelines very well.

The tree is a tad to centred.

Well done and TFS

wonderful namibia

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