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A Lot of Sand...

A Lot of Sand...
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Copyright: David Jessop (WhiteKnight) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1199 W: 130 N: 2138] (12018)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-14
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D200 Digital SLR, Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/750 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-03-13 2:06
Viewed: 2984
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A shot from last year's trip to Namibia (thanks for reminding me Hans with your shots, almost forgot these CF cards sitting in my cupboard). A view of the mighty dunes of the 'Namib Desert' of the Sossusvlei area.

These things are BIG! The bushes at the base are actually full size trees...
A simple composition, slight increase in contrast and that was it really from the original RAW file..

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Hello David,

This is so wonderfully abstract, so sharp, so amazing - I just love it. Photographers see what many others never register!
For me, the sharp lines, the contrasting hues and the composition are perfect. The negative space has as much importance as the positive.
Well done!

Have a great w/e,
Bev :-)

Hello dear David!

OMG! So huge dune! Never seen such a mountain like look in the sand dune... :)
Lovely shot in great tones and lovely sharpness and focus.

TFS, indeed a nice POV!

Best Regards,

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  • Adri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 520 W: 26 N: 1877] (12221)
  • [2010-03-13 3:35]

Excellent capture, David!
Great composition, colors and lighting!
Greetings from Netherlands,

Love the composition and contrasts here.
The huge sand bulk shape is terrific, the brown saturated colour makes it look wet somehow.
The rear hill in the right helps compensating the composition, ballancing it and giving 'weight' support.
I love the edge (border) between sunlighted and shaded sand.


It could be built a huge sand castle there with a bit of patience ;)

Hi David,
As if I was there yesterday! Literary a great picture! You captured the stunning landscape of Dune 45 perfectly. The huge contrast creates a dramatic picture. Excellent post my friend.

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  • ablok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 188 W: 87 N: 15] (491)
  • [2010-03-13 4:46]

Impressionant!! :)

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2010-03-13 4:56]

Hi David,
A great geometrical composition with a nice play with light and shadows.
Marvellous contrast and sharp focusing.
Very neat presentation.
Composition is just fabulous and largness comparision can be seen easily.
Great capture from an interesting POV.
My best regards,

Francis Xavier

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2010-03-13 5:39]

Hi David,

This looks so surreal, almost like a painting. I like how you framed the shot, and the trees provide a sense of scale to show us the magnitude of these dunes. It reminds me of the salt dunes at the Port of Baltimore before winter kicked in. Just replace the trees with dump trucks!


Hi DAvid,

Another feather into your crown! You have certain standards in the way you photograph and choose your subjects and I respect that one should have some. This one is no exception, taken from a perfect POV and with a very professional way.

I like the play between the light and shadows here. Marvelous work, as always! The trees in the FG give great idea of scale of this huge sand dune...simply marvelous.

I have never been to Namibia but have seen several times in Bollywood films :)

my best regards,

Amazing shot - the sheer scale and the unlikely positioning of that massive dune is so striking and the consistency of colour, lit and shadowed sides, is fantastic.
Well composed - great subject!

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2010-03-13 22:28]

wow, love this superb compo !

Beautiful lighting amd shadows. Can't say anything that hasn't been said. Nicely done!

Hi David,

The trees at the base of the triangular dune provide good scale and I can only imagine the vastness of this majestic setting. Can't complain on the composition and cam settings. The interplay of light and shadow is a highlight. A great posting.


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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2010-03-15 4:56]

One of the best pictures ive seen of you the shadow is razor,razor sharp and the trees in front giving a perfect impression of the size.
Well done mate,this looks like calender work!.


Hi David

Stunningly beautiful, your choice of pov puts everything in perspective, we can appreciate awesome size of the dune. Excellent presentation, happy you were reminded to post it.


Quite a site David , i am particularly fond of the diminutive trees dwarfed as they appear there at the base of this gigantic , dune , at the same time they appear so fragile , so vulnerable , that is a lot of sans indeed , i am concerned about the sand burying them some day .An outstanding shot , good light , crisp and clear , thanks my friend for sharing this great view ,

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