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Apricot Dunes

Apricot Dunes
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-16
Categories: Desert
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 24-70 mm f 2,8 L-USM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dunes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-18 8:11
Viewed: 5111
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this shot not long after sunrise driving inland from Dubai City. I really liked the colour of these dunes.

The pinkish sky is caused by very fine particles of sand.

A dune is a hill of sand built by aeolian (wind) processes. Dunes are subject to different forms and sizes based on their interaction with the wind. Most kinds of dune are longer on the windward side where the sand is pushed up the dune, and a shorter "slip face" in the lee of the wind. The "valley" or trough between dunes is called a slack. A "dune field" is an area covered by extensive sand dunes. Large dune fields are known as ergs.

Some coastal areas have one or more sets of dunes running parallel to the shoreline directly inland from the beach. In most cases the dunes are important in protecting the land against potential ravages by storm waves from the sea. Although the most widely distributed dunes are those associated with coastal regions, the largest complexes of dunes are found inland in dry regions and associated with ancient lake or sea beds.

Dunes also form under the action of water flow (alluvial processes), on sand or gravel beds of rivers, estuaries and the sea-bed.

The modern word "dune" came into English from French circa 1790 but it's an old Indo-European word that's found in most of the Slavic languages as well as the Germanic and Latin languages. In ancient times words cognate to "dune" probably had the meaning of a citadel or built-up hill fortification
Dune habitats provide niches for highly specialized plants and animals, including numerous rare and endangered species. Due to human population expansion dunes face destruction through recreation and land development, as well as alteration to prevent encroachment on inhabited areas. Some countries, notably the U.S., New Zealand, Great Britain, Australia, Canada and the Netherlands have developed extensive programs of dune protection. In the UK, a Biodiversity Action Plan has been developed to assess dunes loss and prevent future dunes destruction.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-06-18 8:20]

Superb landscape shot James. Perfect! TFS. Regards,

Hello James, wonderful capture of these desert dunes. Many thanks for sharing. Regards,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-18 8:43]

Hi James,

The color of this sand dune is amazing. I love the patterns in the sand. A wonderful pov to show this off so very well. Simplicity at its best and very beautiful.


Hi James,
interesting desert landscape, great contrast, colours and composition. Interesting place.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-06-18 9:00]

Hi James,
POV, composition, light, colors and contrast look so nice. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-18 9:50]

Hi James,
Beautiful landscape.Well seen,framed and composed.Large DOF,exposure and visual impact are excellent.
Thanks for posting.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-18 10:38]

Hi James. A good name for this picture of the Dunes . Unusual colours in the sand an sky. The wind has left some amazing paterns. The dune on the left looks like skin !!TFS interesting notes to go with the picture.

Hello James,

What a very nice landscape with an beautiful composition and colours.


You have such a sensitive eye for details and patterns, then after that you look inside of the image to see the emotion...it is almost as if a philosopher were projecting thoughts in colours....amazing work James!
As always

Hi my dear friend James,
A perfect shot of these dunes with super details and great composition. I love the apricot colour! Superb my friend!


Wonderful image James, excellent POV and comp.
The colortones, textures, curves, and form presenting here are simply fabulous :)

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-06-18 19:53]

Hola James.
Excellent photo James. Lovely colors of sand.

Hello James,
Magnificient colour of the dunes with good light and shadows displayed!
well done and TFS

Hi James,

What a wonderful landscape, or should I say Sandscape, the colours are beautiful, the detail is excellent, and up against that blue sky just wonderful, my wife and I are travelling to Egypt in November so I hope to see and capture some sights like this, really nice work, all the best,

Cheers Rick :)

Hi James!

You present us a traditional, yet very pleasant picture of dunes. I like the ripples and the shapes very much and it's always a pleasure to look at the wonderful colours of these sanddunes.

Kind regards


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-19 2:09]

Hello James,
Lovely colours and lighting in this early morning dune shot, the low-sun shadows adding to the attraction of the composition.
TFS both this fine image and the interesting note.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-19 3:28]

Hello James, beautiful design and perfect landscape picture.Well done and TFS Ganesh

Hi James, perfect landscape capture of a desert dunes. TFS. Regards,

hello James

WOW ! what a beaitful image of the dunes of desert,
very fine POV, wonderful luminosity and colours of the dunes,
and in the same time beautiful softness of the dunes
of the background, and great sharpness and details
of the patterns of the foreground dunes, TFS


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-19 21:05]

Hello James

A lovely visual impact shot.
The colours are vivid.
I like the diagonal look.
Great lighting.


Hello James,
A photographer's paradise these dunes. Very good lighting and well composed.

The nomenclature you choose make my mouth waer, James!
I do wonder how you manage to travel so much....!Bravo!

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