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Chott el Djerid

Chott el Djerid
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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-10
Categories: Desert
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC, Cokin P121M
Exposure: f/11, 3 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-16 0:33
Viewed: 4239
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi again :)

Back to another landscape shot today and, very much alike most photos i took on this Tunisian trip, it's a simple composition with very little elements in it...a desert composition :)

However, what you see here is not a desert, but the remnants of a dried out large salt lake called Chott el Djerid.

It is the largest salt pan of the Sahara with a surface area of over 7,000 kmē (some sources state 5,000 kmē). Due to the extreme climate with annual rainfall of only 100 mm and temperatures reaching 50° C, water evaporates from the lake. In summer Chott el Djerid is almost entirely dried up, and numerous fata morganas occur.
Chott el Djerid was used as a filming location for the Star Wars series, among others.

This photo was taken at sunrise, while on a two day trip to visiting the Sahara and all sorts of other interesting sights in Tunisia.

I also managed to upload a first part of my shots from Tunisia on my website...if you want to see them before i upload them here ;)

Thanks for visiting :)

EXIF data :
Camera: Canon 400D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro
Filters: Hoya 72mm HMC Circ. Pol. + Cokin P121M ND Grad
Focal Length: 17mm
Shutter Speed: 2.5 sec.
Metering Mode: Evaluative metering
Exposure Bias: 0
F-Stop: f/11
ISO: 100
Flash: No
Support: tripod
TOD: about 6 AM
Weather conditions: clear

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Extrem de interesanta aceasta ramasita a unei mari ce scalda cu milioane de ani in urma Sahara.
Cred ca ar trebui sa ne daruiesti cateva macro cu cristalele de sare din Chott.
Provocare:incearca sa surprinzi efectul de "fata morgana" din desert.
Calatorie si capturi superbe in continuare.
PS. Culorile par ireale!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-08-16 1:59]

Hello Horia,
Great and very beautiful photo of this salt lake. Excellent matching soft colours in a harmonious composition. Good DOF.

Have I missed your shots, Horia or did you stop posting?
Will check, bro!
For now, this shot reminds me of barrenness, yes, despite the water, the closest I can come to is comparing it to a woman who cannot bear a child...MOther Earth, without her children.
Love this shot, bro!
Take care!

Hi Horia!

A very unique subject you presented us this time. Sharp but smooth image achieved by good timing in the sunrise. Nice job, TFS!

Best regards,

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-08-16 11:10]

What a fantastic landscape, Horia, the more you denude your scenes, the better composed they seem to get. It is perfect in every sense, the colours are soft and pastel, beautiful. I like the different layers of colours and textures going from the foreground to the end of the world... I mean, to the end of the frame with the blue moutains in the back. I can understand Star Wars used this as an out of this world planet.


Hi Horia,

I LOVE the soft colors in this image! I can see this as a poster in a doctor's office. It is so calming. Just lovely. I really like the meandering curves of the immediate foreground, the sweeping curve in the mid ground and the horizontals in the distance. Nice work.

I have a 17-85 Canon lens and at the wide end I always get a bit of lens distortion....about the same curve I see in those horizontal lines in your photo. Could that have caused the curvature or were they actually curved?

Evelynn : )

I just visited your website. Some of those Tunisia shots are spectacular. WOW! They are very powerful.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2009-08-16 12:22]
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Hi Horia

I remember this well - and crossed it in similar conditions. I really like the way you have captured the scene - it shows the space really well.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-08-21 9:35]

Hello Horia,
A very beautiful and interesting landscape captured in beautiful light. I love your composition too. Tunisia must be beautiful - I'll check your website!
TFS and have a nice weekend, Ulla

Hi Horia,
The light and emptyness gave this photo a very serene feel. I like it how you used the salt crust as a FG element. Is made the photo special. The pastel colors of the sand and sky match perfectly. The your use of the CP filter cut down the reflection nicely which creates an even better setting in the composition. The distortion has been mentioned and you know how to fix it.

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