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Sunset at Sesriem

Sunset at Sesriem
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Copyright: Hans Spruijt (GreenBaron) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3009 W: 919 N: 12213] (52777)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-27
Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment, Mood
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 18-50 3.5-5.6 DC, ScanDisk UltraII 8GB, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/11, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: My Africa adventure
Date Submitted: 2010-02-16 0:44
Viewed: 3046
Points: 42
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Sunset at Sesriem

While the sun had set behind the desert horizon of Namibia, the helmeted guinea fowl seek shelter in the camel thorn tree. An awesome peaceful view. Sunset in de desert is one of the most tranquilizing experiences I had during my Africa trip.

PP work: Shot in Raw, adjusted contrast and brightness. Converted to jpeg, adjusted levels and curves (minor) increased saturtion with 15%, used USM to sharpen, resized and add frame.

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Hello Hans! Excellent sunset. Fantastic tree. Joshua's Tree? Wonderful light and shadow. Very good colours. Superb contrast. Splendid effect. Good luck!

Bonjour Hans.
L’heure propice pour un coucher de soleil a donné cette belle image en ombre chinoise.
Les deux oiseaux donnent de la vie à cette belle image.
Superbe capture.
Bonne journée.

Hi Hans

Always a winning combination the silhouette of a lone tree against a beautiful sky.
Good composition with the placement of the tree and capture of that graduated sky.
I think the sky would benefit from some noise reduction as it is quite visible in some parts but does not detract too much from this shot.

Regards Derek

hi hans
great shot,lovely muti-coloured sky,excellent sillouette,very good detail in the tree.

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  • OWO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 156 W: 70 N: 330] (2387)
  • [2010-02-16 1:41]

Hi Hans,

Beautiful colours in a pleasing composition. Very nice shot indeed. Namibia...would love to go there again.



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  • sela Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 11 N: 1379] (8213)
  • [2010-02-16 3:19]

HI Hans, what a wonderful mood you cvaptured and the the composition is perfectly done.
Viele Grüsse Rose

Hello Hans - Beautifully iconic African sunset with a good choice of silhouettes.

Hello Hans,
Wonderful sun set with amazing tonal effect in horizon,beautiful silhouettes of the tree with birds resting after all day struggling,subtle mood is captured in this elegant sun set shot,well captured and beautiful presentation.well done.


What magnificent colors of this sunset! The silhouette of the trees is well defined against the oranges, yellow, and purple of the sky.

Thanks for sharing this photo as I will most likely never get to Namibia. Lisa

Hi Hans, bonjour,
Very nice capture of this lovely sunset with birds in the tree,
Great silhouettes of the tree and wanderful warm colors,
very well done...Chapeau..

so romantic

  • Ejtaan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 898 W: 10 N: 98] (475)
  • [2010-02-16 10:52]

Een beetje ruis in de lucht, maar buiten dat een prachtige opname.. en wat een bijzondere kleuren in die lucht zeg!
Echt mooi..

Gr., Anneke

Ohhhhhhh how nice Hansie! I love this, very beautiful! This would also look fabulous processed in Tungsten. Not sure if I can do a WS..I think you have to go from RAW...but I'll try! What a lovely sight, was it HOT there? Beautiful!

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2010-02-16 12:30]

Hi Hans,
strong silhouettes,backed by that warm colourful night sky,makes for one vibrant image.Was it by chance or choice that the guinea fowl entered the scene,they cetainly add to the images mood.

Boa noite Hans
A sunset in Africa is an amazing experience: very well composed with great light, details, shadows a wonderful mood.
So beautiful!!!
Um abraço

Great sunset , nice cilorsa and silhouets.
Regards Zoran

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2010-02-16 23:03]

Ohhh, what a wonderfully romantic sky !
Great silhouette, great shot


hi Hans, a typical African evening landscape.

Nice colour & light gradient in the sky.
Good sharpness in the tree.
Clever composition using the hill as base and the tree in the left.
Simple nice frame, not disturbing the image at all.


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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2010-02-17 8:01]

merhaba dear Hans...
ne kadar güzel bir renk ve konpozisyon...
ne güzel bir çalışma...

stunning simple composition but so perfect, wonderful silloutte and colors,

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2010-02-21 13:19]

Persoonlijk had ik nog ietje beter positie gezocht on de pauw precies tussen de bomen te krijgen,maar ala ik ben een zeikert want met zon beauty kan je nie stuk man!


Hello dear Hans!

Very lovely moment and shot of the sunset. Nice tones and beautiful silhouettes. Only that is little noisy sky and would look great if the tree had been more to left.

TFS, indeed nice shot!

Best Regards,

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  • ramon Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 294 W: 39 N: 824] (4058)
  • [2010-02-24 9:12]

Hi Hans,

Simple and striking composition.
Beautiful sillouttes and golden tones.


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