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Kruger Sunrise

Kruger Sunrise
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Copyright: Robin Du Bois (robindb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 127 W: 0 N: 378] (1420)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-31
Categories: Bushveld
Camera: Canon 7D, sigma 70-300 apo macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-03 0:54
Viewed: 5088
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On Sunday I went to the Kruger Park travelling 180 km before dawn to enter when the gate opened. On entering the sky to the east was covered in mist and I thought my trip would be in vain. After travelling about 15 km into the park I saw this scene. I stopped and the camera was out on the bean bag very quickly.
The vehicles behind me all stopped and the occupants busied themselves with their binoculars looking for the lion or leopard that I must have seen.
It is strange how the usual tourists all want to see a lion when nature's beauty is all around them if they would only look.

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Hallo Robin,

Dit is 'n fantastiese gesig, en ek wens so ek was nou daar. Kruger le ons na aan die hart. Ek hou baie van jou mooi komposisie.


great and romantic pic, TFS Ori


Well composed pic. The silhouette is good and combined with your POV, Lighting and colours, it makes a great pic. What memories!


Great photo that makes me long for the bush. Lucky you to be only 180 km away!! I would be there every week-end!

Hi Robin,

Great shot.I like the soft and contrast character of colour cause of the mist.Sun are well placed.I think you are the only tourist realise this beauty.Great eye.TFS.


Hi, Robin,

very nice sunrise and excellent composition. thanks a lot for sharing.

also, many thanks for your comments and pointers at my bee and other photos. your pointers are very useful. thanks!!

Man Yee

Stunning shot Robin!
You've certainly got some beauties in your recent archives. I must find time to have a good look soon.

Hello Robin,

Splendid sunrise in a beautiful composition. Excellent exposure. Wonderful colours.

Hello Robin,
Beautiful view of sunrise. Fantastic light and colours!

A great sunrise shot Robin. Your notes are so very true. Once, for my son's sake, early in the morning, I was standing in line outside at a strip mall waiting for the doors to open... they were running a big sale on electronic equipment a couple of weeks before Christmas. Everybody was either grumbling about the long line or the wait to get inside. I mentioned to the folks right in front of me... "yes, but look at that fantastic sunrise." It was gorgeous. They just looked at me with such disdain...no comment... probably thought I was a bit crazy. Not a soul but me was even looking in that direction so intent they were on making their purchase they fail to see the "real beauty" that is given to us free of charge and so much more spectacular. The real meaning of Christmas and giving, perhaps lost to them. Beautiful photo... thanks for sharing. :)


Hi Robin,
What a wonderfully shaped tree. I am sure that if the tree could speak he had many interesting stories to tell. His view is a spectacular one. Your luck on beeing at this spot with these weather conditions brought you this amazing sunset. I love the pale red color.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-03 11:01]

Hello Robin,
What a great note! Indeed, indeed! Most people only have interests in what almost everybody would like to see: big animals. The nature is more than that.
Great photo in a great composition. I've got photos of beautiful sunsets in Kruger. Maybe some day on TN...
Kind regards,

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-09-03 15:27]

Hi Robin

Excellent scenic sunrise with stunning colours and a splendid composition. I will miss the Kruger this year as I want to buy the Canon 450D and I cannot have jam and butter on both sides of my sandwich. The next best thing is to enjoy all the wonderful images of the park here on TrekNature. So, thanks for reminding me and giving me a glimpse of the awesome beauty of the place.

Your notes are so true. Rare and beautiful scenes or finds fly past so many tourists who only want to see the big stuff like lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and tigers. Yes, I kid you not, TIGERS.

Well done and TFS.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-09-03 20:25]

What a wonderful scene this is Robin.
The colours are awesome, but the silhouettes of the trees are just "so Africa" - well, what I think of as Africa.
Good on you for stopping

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-09-03 20:37]

Hello Robin,
Fantastic capture, this is a great POV. You composed very well
and the image is sharp and clean.. Well done!


Hello Robin,
Thank you for sharing such beautiful sunrise from your part of the world in Africa! truly beautiful and a quality presentation!
so calm and peaceful through the morning mist on the rising sun!
well done
take care and sincere regards from NZ

Hi Robin,

Excellent sunrise, the colours are simply stunning, if I'm not mistaken this is the first time I've scene your work, you have an amazing gallery, I'll be back to have another look at work at the moment, but this is beautiful, all the best,

Cheers Rick :)

Hallo Robin
A marvellous scenery, Looking at this one don't mind getting up early and driving 180km to be in time for a view like this. Then also the lions and other scarer animals are forgotten at the time. This is really beautiful. Spectacular view with awesome details and arrangement of colours. A really striking landscape captured and presented in a lovely manner. Impressive colours that highlight the beauty of the new day awakening. A very special photo. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards
The previous time we visited Kruger I have not yet been part of Trek Nature and at that stage never taken any photos of my own. Just maybe I'll have the oppertunity to capture a scene similar to yours when we visit the Kruger from the 9th - 18th October this year. I cannot wait.

Hi Robin

Nice colour you got BG, and the tree in thr first level is very good as weel.

Best regards


Hi Robin,
This is an excellent photo which is very romantic :)) TFS.
Best Regards,

Hi Robin

Lovey sunset/sunrise pic when there was a lots of mist. I like the colors in the pic and the photogenic tree form.

I would also miss this shot if I was there in the bush and looking for Lion or Leopard :-)

I wish I could travel to Africa to see the wild life specially but then i will take care not to miss other nature beauty :)


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-08-02 0:17]

Hi Robin,'
this is a superds presentation in its classical touch. The softness of the sky and the sharpness of the trees really give a wonder to this capture.
Well presented in excellent composition.


Hello Robin,
Very pleasent composition with a stunning colour, that came from good use of the mornng light.
I had a look at most of your photos taken in the Kruger, a very complete collection of wildlife
I envy your location, it's wonderful to live near the Kruger Park !
TFS all these photos
PS:we are planning a trip in RSA in October and will spend a week in the Kruger, we really forward to be there

Hi robindb,
Just awsome frame u captured. well managed position. the colours , clearity everything is perfect.It is a classik frame indeed. TFS.
Regards, M.rajan

Hello Robin.

Lovely photography from a tree in the sunset. You have catched it very well, and I see back in my eyes the landscapes that I have seen very often during my life in Africa.

Thank you for the sharing.

Hope to see you soon on treknature for other pictures;

All the best.


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