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good luck or bad luck

good luck or bad luck
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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-03-30
Categories: Desert
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5000, 28-105 mm, @ ISO 100
Exposure: f/4, 1/2000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-16 12:48
Viewed: 6618
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my TN friends,
Today I've dug deep in photo archives, reaching my first months with a digital camera. That days I had an opportunity to test it (not only in terms of photography but also endurance) on Sahara, and speaking more exactly on its northern border in Tunisia. Actually I was spending some days in Tunis attending a conference but right after, with my colleagues, we rented a car and explored some interior.

Our destination was Nefta - a place where the sand desert (erg) begins, but on the way we had an excellent chance to see other types of semideserts and deserts, not counting the old Roman and Berberian settlements (see one of them here).

And you can call it a bad luck or a good luck... That was my first time on a true desert, and you know what... it started to rain. Ironic, isn't it!? What a bad luck. But on the other side it was a good luck as the whole desert bloomed. I wouldn't expect so many kinds of flowers and insect. I couldn't honestly call this place a "true desert". However, in fact that was only a very short period in its life. Few weeks after the desert was dried and remained as such until the next spring.

This panorama (consisting just of two shots taken with the same parameters) was taken on the Tunisian/Algerian border, on the road from Moulares to Chebika oasis. The mountains you see are a south-east margin of the Atlas Range, called Aures Mountains.

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  • lee Silver Star Critiquer [C: 38 W: 0 N: 23] (84)
  • [2007-04-16 12:57]

Hi Michal, a nice landscape here. Some good depth created from the foreground to the background to the sky. Clouds give it a moody feel. Nice colors and tone to the picture. I like the lines. Good composition. Well done, thanks.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-04-16 14:08]

Hi Michal,
Lovely landscape shot. The cloudy skyline and the rough mountain range prefectly contrasts to a soothing presentation. Very neat and sharp. The foreground rock gives so much depth to the shot. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-04-16 14:48]

Hi Michal.
Very impressive view on this harsh landscape and on beautiful clouds on sky.Great DOF,very good details and amazing colors tones on mountains in background.Well done,TFS.
Best greetings Milos.

I didn't expect a landscape shot from you. This desert area looks a lot like our state of Utah. Nice natural color and good depth of focus.

Evelynn : )

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-17 4:35]

Hi Michal

This was one truly successful test!!!
Not only did you manage a superb landscape here, but you also were ingenuous enough to stitch two photos together to create this amazing panorama. (i only found the pleasure of stitching photos about 1 year after i started going digital).
The exposure here is really fantastic and the balance created between the ground and the sky is outstanding.
The fact that there is little water in those regions surely gave you an impressive perspective, without too much blue haze in the horizon.
All the details are terrific, all the colors are magnificent and well saturated and the composition is very beautiful.

Bravo and TFS

Hello Michal,
You have covered almost your entire trip to Tunisia through your heavily "illustrated" note :-).
I like this landscape image of the Tunisian desert. The land features depicted in it are very interesting. The overcast sky looks incongruous but creates a wonderful juxtaposition with the land features.

March and April are days of thunderstorms in the Saudi Arabian desert too. The disturbances end with normally heavy showers of rain and bring down tempratures. I guess it was a similar weather occurance during your visit there.

Coolpix series, in my opinion, has been one of the best products in the digital camera market and you have done a great job with your 5000 at shutter speed 1/2000! The depth of view and details couldn't be better than that.

No super fotka! Szeroki kat, swietne kolory i interesujace miejsce! Naprawde swietna kompozycja :)

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-04-17 13:30]

What a wonderful experience to watch the desert bloom. Lovely landscape, the clouds are a bonus giving you interest to the sky. Nice light, composition and colours.



Hi Michal, wonderful landscape with splendid light and colors, great composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

Awesome stuff! This is a really fantastic scenic shot, I'm very impressed with the dramatic lighting on both sky and land. Very nice work Michal. :)

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2007-04-19 16:45]

I like it a lot. It looks like a scene from the Southwest of the US. I like the clouds especially, although they are a little bit noisy. The POV & DOF are very good. TFS!


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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-04-20 17:46]

Hi Michal!
Amazing landscape, great POV, photo quality,and composition!Great work!

You note made me laugh out loud! This is ironic indeed :-) Like you said, somehow this was a good luck as this picture is very interesting with this arid environment and little touch of green vegetation. I like those colors a lot, details and exposure. This sky looks amazing with great clouds formation and great lightning. Well done and TFS,

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-24 16:22]

Hi Michal,
I never been to Africa so this is quite interesting. Very well composed landscape, the POV shows of a great landscape. Great depth and very nice natural colors.

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  • TBW Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 28 N: 200] (846)
  • [2007-11-20 0:14]

What a landscape! The years of wind and water carve out these great rock formations. You are lucky to be travelling to such great places.


G’day Michal Beautiful image. Excellent exposure, focus, detail, and DOF. Well done!
As said I really like how the terrain and sky colours differenciate yet combine so well!!
TFS Paul

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