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Sunrise at Dune 45

Sunrise at Dune 45
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Copyright: Edwin OWO (OWO) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 156 W: 70 N: 330] (2387)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12-12
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM, Sigma EX Multi-Coated UV 77mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Namibia 2005 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-23 3:53
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Shot taken just after sunrise at Dune 45 Sossusvlei.

At this stage in the morning you can climb the dune bearfoot. Try this a few hours later and you'll end up having to see a doctor with major blisters on your feet.

This, together with Dead Vlei, is by far the most beautiful place on earth I've ever visited.
For the people wanting to go and climb the dune: stay in the camping site as this is inside the gate of the national park. You'll have a headstart of 30 minutes to the people coming in from outside the gate. This way you'll see the dune in all it's virginity in the morning.

Shot in RAW
DPP processed
Converted o TIFF
PS CS3 processed. Clarity increased. Highlights adjusted.
Resized and framed.
Converted to JPEG

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Hi Edwin
Interesting composition by using light and shadow spaces.
I like those stripes giving a texture to the dune along with the foot prints on the edge...

Bonjour Edwin
Trs bonne prise de vue avec ce cadrage et ces deux parties sombres et claires.Le persoonage est merveilleusement cadr.
Bravo et bonne journe.

Hoi Edwin,
Helemaal goed man! Een perfecte opname, dat contrast: schaduw- en zonzijde, geweldig vastgelegd! Ook mooi om die (jou?) vrouw daar zo te hebben staan turend in de evrte met haar hand boven de ogen. Sprekende foto, excellent gepresenteerd in dat grote witte frame. Top inzending!


Overweldigend mooi - dit is DE landschapsfoto - zon waar je van droomt hem te kunnen maken!



excellent pov! nice capture and compo.... it became a play on lights and shades and shadows... tfs


a very exotic capture. the almost diagonal sand line and the lighted up figure contrasted against a shadowy BG works great

Hi Edwin,

fantastic tones. the beauty of the desert is easily seen here.

Really awesome curves and lines you have photographed. I love the color of the sand, as well as the details and lighting.
Great job!

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  • A-lex Gold Star Critiquer [C: 124 W: 54 N: 132] (1248)
  • [2008-01-23 7:52]

Nice work!
I always love these desert photo's
This is a photo were I would shout to the lady in the photo; 'He!!!! Get of the hill! You are ruining my photo'



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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2008-01-23 8:58]

Hello Edwin, great shot ! The composition is well done and the exposure is perfect. Great colors and textures, thanks !


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  • Adri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 520 W: 26 N: 1877] (12221)
  • [2008-01-23 9:38]

Hoi Edwin,
Gff man!! Die kleuren en dat spel van licht en schaduw... prachtig! En die vrouw staat precies op de juiste plaats. Top hoor.
Groet uit Schouwen,

hij is "gewoon" geweldig mooi,het nog ongerepte voor haar voeten.
de andere votstappen achterlatend

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2008-01-23 10:05]

Stunning composition with amazing details! This is truly fabulous!
The colours are grand here as well -- makes me wish I could see this myself!

Hi, Edwin,
What can I say but "It's amazing!!!!!"
A minimalistic but fantastic shot with a simple but impressive composition!

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2008-01-23 11:21]

Ongelofelijk mooi Edwin wat een kleur maar vooral contrast,een ware topper!

Hallo Edwin.
Dit is inderdaad een van de mooiste dessert foto's welke ik ooit gezien heb.
Moet er wel bij vertellen dat ik zonder fototoesel bij mij, ook zulke 'plaatjes' heb gezien, maar daar heb ik dan ook vele jaren voor in verschillende woestijnen doorgebracht.
Groeten van Jan

Hello Edwin!
Really lovely composition with great light and wonderful colours!
Very good poin tof view and clarity!
I like the frame, too!
Best regards!

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  • nova Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2441 W: 250 N: 873] (8693)
  • [2008-01-23 17:44]

Nice graphical image,well composed and attractive,tfs!

Hello Edwin
That's a WOW category picture, a jewel of photography. The color, the light and the shadows are marvelous and the composition artistic. The patterns created by the wind at night are very nice and the footmarks and a lovely contrast to the whose scenery.
Great photo

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  • Capra Silver Star Critiquer [C: 28 W: 0 N: 1] (319)
  • [2008-01-24 0:14]

veruy nice all.

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  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2008-01-24 0:31]

wow, what a beauty !

ps.I'll be back with points

excellent.. really!! not easy to see images like this!! my compliments.. intriguing landscape.. colours are amazing.. i like also lines.. forms are wonderful.. good compo and pov!! thanks
ciao Marco

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  • ttreen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1317 W: 129 N: 3792] (15759)
  • [2008-01-24 11:45]

Hello Edwin,
I really love how sharp the untouched parts of the dune look... Nice addition of the woman... Its so perfect


I am very impressed with this shot Edwin!
I love the few footeps before the pristine crest of the hill,
the color is alive, fantastic composition.
Excellent framing.
- Vincent

  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 249 W: 128 N: 530] (6690)
  • [2008-01-24 23:55]

He Edwin,

Gauw even naar je werk gekeken. Wauw, inderdaad een prachtige indrukwekkende plaats. Prima vastgelegd ook. Ben benieuwd of er nog meer komen.



nicely composed, POV very good and very nice colours

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  • Mas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 50 W: 62 N: 257] (2779)
  • [2008-01-27 12:32]

Heel mooi Edwin!
De compositie en de kleuren zijn fantastisch.
Lijkt me een heel mooie en indrukwekkende plek.


  • viawia Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 502 W: 32 N: 858] (3893)
  • [2008-01-27 23:45]

'n Pragtige foto van die duin! Ek het al heelwat fotos van die duine by Sossusvlei gesien maar hierdie een is werklik uitsonderlik!



Perfect geometry, light, coposition and this superb feeling of isolation and harmony.

A complete image. The one to meditate upon.


Hi Edwin !
Fantastic composition :-)
Superb framing, composition and presentation.

Well done. Best regards, Daniel

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