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Climbing Dune 45

Climbing 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: 2005-12-11
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon 70-200 1:2.8 L IS + EF 1.4x II, Sigma EX Multi-Coated UV 77mm
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Deserts, Namibia 2005 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-26 10:05
Viewed: 5305
Points: 96
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another shot of the magnificent scenery of Sossusvlei and its dunes.

Contrary to the last dune shot in my portfolio this one was shot near sunset as can be seen by the shadow being on the left this time.
In the still soaring heat my brother takes on the challenge and climbs to the top.

The scenery and climbing sure takes your breath away!

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

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  • limba3 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1035 W: 476 N: 576] (16751)
  • [2008-01-26 10:12]

Wonderful colors, composition, lighting and point of view.

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  • nadir Silver Star Critiquer [C: 13 W: 0 N: 0] (323)
  • [2008-01-26 10:19]

Love your photo. Simple but effective composition. Satureted colours. Perfect exposure. Everything is in balance.

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  • bizsu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 227 W: 0 N: 71] (717)
  • [2008-01-26 10:22]

Hi Edwin ,
Excellent photo, great work. Nice colours.Congrat.
Regards, Zs

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  • boonie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1234 W: 64 N: 1548] (7842)
  • [2008-01-26 10:51]

Beautiful capture in its simplisity - the footprint are a major element - great clolor saturations and clarity.


Hi Edwin,
Wow colors are great!!!
Beautiful composition.
And the frame highlights very well these splendid colors.

Great capture! Metering and composition are spot on; your brother is perfectly placed in the frame, the balance of light/dark dune is perfect and the footprints in the otherwise-pristine dune are beautifully laid out.
This is really good - well done!

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  • strobe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 64] (1778)
  • [2008-01-26 11:04]

Great image, fantastic colours

Hi Edwin !
this is brilliant - Fantastic visual balance and overall photographic quality :-)
Best regards, Daniel

Good compo and DOF.

Nothing to add.

Well done, TFS.

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  • jitro Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 70 W: 0 N: 38] (536)
  • [2008-01-26 12:33]

great compo and colors.
Beautiful photo.

bonjour Edwin
quel paysage magnifique
bravo pour tout
bonne journee

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  • Adri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 520 W: 26 N: 1877] (12221)
  • [2008-01-26 12:54]

Hoi Edwin,
Hier kan ik dus cht jaloers op worden h! Z'n foto, met deze kleuren en compositie: geweldig! De scherpe afbakening van licht en schaduw n de wandelaar met de sporen in het zand mken deze foto. Klasse!
Groet uit Zeeland,

Hello Edwin,
Very effective capture. Great POV and fantastic lighting. Good job!

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 114 N: 2985] (16653)
  • [2008-01-26 13:42]

Hi Edwin,

Beautiful shot, love your pov and details, excellent colours, contrast and framing, just perfect!


Beautiful POV up the sand dune. Colours striking and shadows strong.

YOu have undoubtedly captured a special moment in a special place. Superb PP work done. TFS.


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  • nova Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2441 W: 250 N: 873] (8693)
  • [2008-01-26 16:04]

Beautiful shot! The fact that we see that guy climbing the hill with all his footsteps in the sand adds a lot of interest to that picture.The composition is also outdtanding! Very well done! TFS

Hi Edwin,
Beautiful picture of the dunes very well taken and presented with beautiful colors and sharp picture , Excellent POV. and details very well done.

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  • mpr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 7 N: 344] (2280)
  • [2008-01-26 16:12]

Hello Edwin

Nice work in PP. The composition is well managed with excellent leading lines. Colors are strong

Beautiful shot. Well captured, with excellent lighting and exposure. Strong composition.


Hi Edwin
Another very good shot. A new color is added this time, the blue of the sky. Excellent composition and great contrast between light and shadow.
I see that the climber has his shoes on this time.
Nicely done

great shot!
perfect exposure getting all the dark and bright to work together and create a beautiful atmosphere.

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2008-01-27 1:33]

Hola amigo,
realmente excelente,
colores y pov,
detalles y sensacional pov.

Hoi Edwin,
Dit is ook weer een hele mooie! Vooral de voetstappen zijn een prachtig detail. Misschien een tikkie meer contrast om de verhouding lucht zand wat intensiever te maken. Desalniettemin (mooi scrabblewoord) een prachtige inzending!

nicely framed, efficient,
attractive colours :)

Hello Edwin!
Wonderful gold sand and nice point of view!
Great light and nice frame!
Excellent done!
Best regards!

Hi Edwin,
Sorry i meant to get to this one yesterday but ran out of steam and points :)

Another awesome shot here, which stays with you after you see it,
Great placement of the peak in the frame.
You have a great eye my friend.
Well done.
- Vincent

Hi Edwin,

This shot is just loaded with color, contrast, shadows, etc... I really like it! Great composition. I did walk up a "small" dune one time in the Outerbanks, NC, U.S.A., and it looks much easier than it actually is to climb! Great photo.

tfs., Lisa

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2008-01-27 12:10]

Natuurlijk ijzersterk werk Edwin,prachtig schaduwen.

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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 12:34]

Ja en deze is ook geweldig mooi !
Mooi perspectief door het gebruik van tele en de lijn die je mee neemt naar de top. Schitterend !

  • Great 
  • S-moon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 382 W: 97 N: 457] (2844)
  • [2008-01-27 13:11]

Hoi Edwin,

Super mooie foto! De kleuren zijn echt heel mooi helder en het spoor van voetstappen van de man geven een mooi effect in het ongeroerde zand. Het licht en schaduw spel is erg mooi vastgelegd.

TFS Groetjes Simone

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  • jentt Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 180 W: 71 N: 433] (4022)
  • [2008-01-29 2:47]

Hello Edwin
Fantastic POV! This mountain of sand is beautiful and so well captured.
Wonderful colors. Great job.

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  • jone Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2365 W: 178 N: 0] (32781)
  • [2008-01-30 1:46]

Hi Edwin ;)
Fantastic shot...perfect composition, Compliments,
Best regards,
J ;)

Hi Edwin..this is a nice shot..well composed with nice details and a great feeling for the climb...you must have been tired carrying that lens...I got the F4 to save weight.


Indrukwekkende foto. De weg die je gegaan bent is te zien, wat voor je ligt is nog onbetreden.
De weg gaat in ieder geval omhoog.

Stunning photo, like the nature and human patterns sync.

Hi Edwin.
Very nice and great shot.
Regards frans

over prachtige platen gesproken..

  • Great 
  • Petro Silver Star Critiquer [C: 13 W: 0 N: 8] (198)
  • [2008-02-16 9:30]

Great picture. I know that dunes so very well because I grew up in Namibia. My parents lived in the later days in Walvisbay.

Hi Edwin,
So beautiful photo.
The landscape is splendid.
All is perfect...it's a great shoot.
Colors, light, contrast and great precision.

Hello Edwin,
An excellent composition, where you make well use of the fine colour contrast between sky and sand!
Simple lines and fine details, the movement of the person adds dynamics...
Pablo -

Great compo and nice to see only his footsteps.
Lovely colors and very sharp.
Well done

  • drymd29 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1146 W: 242 N: 659] (7658)
  • [2008-03-04 13:05]

Hoi Edwin; ik ben weer eens terug....
Ik ben niet de enige die ziet dat dit mooi is; mijn applaus is laat maar is er wel. Ligt ruim 2 jaar op de plank en komt dan boven. Zulke foto's zijn voor posters en dvd hoezen.
En je weet waarom die goed is he? Ik denk leegte, richting, 1 mens, en het spoor; alles in evenwichtig, niet plomp maar elegant.

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  • jawa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 1] (12005)
  • [2008-03-14 6:51]
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Mooie serie Edwin maar ik kies voor deze.
Mooie lijnwerking en goed van kleur.
Gr Jos

Hello Edwin.
Fantastic plaatje.! Schitterende kleuren. Prachtige composition
Zou zelfs mijn vriend Georg jalours op worden. Die is daar geboren en getogen. Zijn vader bracht hem eens in de week naar school met zijn vliegtuig. De buren woonden 50 km verder.
Geen wonder dat hij ook Piloot is geworden. Na 12 jaar voor SAA te hebben gevlogen, vliegt hij nu voor Qatar airlines.
Ik heb van hem vele mooie foto's vanuit de lucht van Namibie gezien.
Groeten van Jan

Wow! What a lovely perspective, Edwin! I like it a lot! It can end up in some magazine. Love the contrast of warm orange dune against the cool blue sky. Fantastic shot and capture. Your timing is perfect. Very high image quality.
Freddie :)

very cool shot nice colors and very good compo


Hi Edwin.
Congratulations, really nice shot. I love the color and the shadows in the left side of the dune. Well done. TFS Ricardo.

Very colorful image. Well composed and exposed perfectly!


Geweldig om Sossusvlei weer te zien, ook jij maakt mij weer verlangen naar daar, ik vond Sossus geweldig, prachtige foto trouwens, nog helemaal zonder voetstappen, je was daar mooi op tijd:)) Hl vroeg dus!!!
Groetjes Jen

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