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Copyright: Andrea Piazza (elefantino) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1123 W: 115 N: 2184] (14406)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-17
Categories: Desert
Camera: Nikon D70s, 18-70 AF-S DX 3.5 - 4.5 Nikkor, (digital)
Exposure: f/22, 1/80 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-27 5:36
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dead Vlei

It's a small valley between high dunes (up to 200 mt) and one of the most photographed place in Namibia.
It's part of the Namib-Nauflukt National Park.

Dead Vlei is an old pan which has not had regular water since the river changed its course. Now it just has the skeletons of old acacias here, some of them well over 500 years old.

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Hi Andrea

Such beautiful landscapes you have seen on you trip. The colors are great and the sand dunes make a perfect BG for the photo. The pattern in the sand also dravs my attention. Very nice


Ciao Andrea!
Another beautiful landscape shot you brought back. I like three different layers of strong, saturated colors very much. However, I'd say that the tree is pushed a little bit too much into the corner. Not a big deal, though, and I still think you did a very good job. Congratulations,

HELLO Andera, excllent colors, Bg, POv DOF perfect details, excllent work, TFS Kyle

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-08-27 9:24]

Hi Andrea
Good composition again. Great POV, colours, light, shrpnes and DOF.
Well done Andrea


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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-08-27 11:23]

Hi Andrea,
Beautiful from bottom to top, with interesting texture in the foreground and nice saturated colours of sky and dunes.
Well done and TFS

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  • takos1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 261 W: 25 N: 208] (2607)
  • [2006-08-27 12:08]

Anche questa una bella foto Andrea!
La foto descrive molto bene il deserto....
Bellissimi i colori e bella la composizione!


Hi Andrea,
What a nice composition you did! I like those colors. Interesting note too about this strange place. Good POV and DOF! TFS,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-08-27 13:40]

Hi Andrea,
Strong three-color landscape. Acacia skeleton tells about better times respect to water! The shot is beautiful but a litte frightening when looking at it from a place with so hard temperatures and little rain like the south of Spain.
TFS, José M.

Hello Andrea,
this is a great landscape. Excellent POV, sharpness and colours. This is a great composition. Thank you for posting.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-08-27 14:50]

Bonjour Andrea, votre composition est trés reussie!! Great landscape with beautiful colors and a splendid POV. Ce viel arbre mort attire le regard!! Magnifique, Didier.

This part of Namibia has such a surreal look to it. The sharpness of your image really adds to the effect.
Thanks for sharing a special image.

Evelynn : )

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-08-27 23:15]

I love this shot, Andrea, for its composition and its colors.
I just love those colors together.
Very well done. TFS. : )

Hej Andrea!
Co za wspaniale wywazony kolorystycznie widok! WOW! WOW! WOW! Chcialoby siê go mieæ na scianie. Masz bardzo dobre oko! Brak mi slow.
Gratuluje - pozdrawiam serdecznie - Roma

Hi Andrea,
It looks like you had a really productive vacation in Africa. Are you going to create a traveloque for your photos? I like the details in the f/g and the overall colors. The composition is really good.

Hello Andrea,
The name tells all. Your picture depict this well. Bright sunshine, no clouds in sight, dead tree, everything bake dry. Excellent composition. Very well done and TFS.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-08-28 8:21]

I love the composition and colours here. Great shot. I'm out of points but will be back tomorrow.



I really like the foreground leading you up to the tree in this picture and can't help wanting the picture to be bigger and with a touch more space to the right of the tree (only a few mm).


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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-28 8:53]

Pequeño y maravilloso retrato Andrea, con gran sentido estético.
Fuertes colores y contrastes, excelente encuadre y nitidez, que permite apreciar las texturas del suelo tan árido.
Hermosa composición.
Saludos... Ricardo

Little and wonderful portrait Andrea, with great aesthetic sense.
Strong colors and contrasts, excellent framing and sharpness, that it allows to appreciate the textures of the so arid ground.
Beautiful composition.
Greetings... Ricardo

Hello Andrea,
Great composition and colour. TFS.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-08-28 21:54]

Hello Andrea!

Wonderful composition, my friend!!! I like the contrast between the so blue sky and the so arid ground! Colors here are great! Excellent pov also! The only thing maybe is that I would have put a little more space right to the tree (the branch is too near the frame).

Great picture and TFS,


A voir l'état de l'arbre, le climat doit être rude dans la région.
Bonne journée.

So Andrea, you have also been in Dead Vlei???
It's one of the most amazing places I know!!!
Very nice shot, love the composition!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-09-02 2:47]

Hi again, Andrea

I simply can't get enough of your Namibia pictures! I like them all very much!
This one is another splendor, with a splendid composition, very beautiful colors and light. The timing of the shot is also impecable, just like the exposure management.
Again, very well done, my friend!

I wish i could say some beautiful words for all your Namibia shot, but unfortunatelly there are limited points and there are other very nice posts i missed this last week from other great photographers that i have to attend to...but i really want you to know that i love all of yours :)

Bravo and TFS

Your Namibia, is just so "Namibia" exactly how I clichee it from the old explorers and National Geographic documentaries...

buona lo scatto e la compèosizione.

Caspita, scheletri di alberi di oltre 500 anni !!
I colori di questi scatti sono veramente eccezionali. Il senso di abbandono è estremo.
Anche questa, composizione e toni molto belli !!


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  • tinman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 7 N: 458] (2663)
  • [2006-09-12 11:13]

Lovely, it would have been even more powerful if you had posted a little larger, but still a wonderful shot

Very nice photo.
Excellent POV and DOF. I like this colours, contrast between sky, sand, dead acacias and foreground...
Well done

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