<< Previous Next >>

Dune 45

Dune 45
Photo Information
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: Abstract
Camera: Nikon D200 Digital SLR, Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): The first of the day.(start20/10/09) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-05-05 23:46
Viewed: 3263
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On my way to Dead Vlei I stopped briefly at Dune 45 (so called 'cos it's 45km from the nationa park entrance) and photographed these keen climbers!! I can tell you that sanddunes are very nasty things to climb...
I've had to go into the archives as I am so busy - no time to get the camera out and do any serious photography sadly.... Such is life!!

Slightly cropped and framed from the original RAW file.

1/1000sec at f9, ISO500 and -0.7EV

parasbhalla, lysander, Royaldevon, dilshan74 has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekLens members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekLens members may write critiques.
ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Beger: PPWhiteKnight 1 05-21 03:51
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

  • Great 
  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2010-05-05 23:55]

Hi David...
Beautiful shot with so nice perspective...
Nice colors, composition...
Beautiful scene...

Hi David,

Weird perspective that throws you off guard. Good idea to put the right bank horizontal. You achieved a nice graphical image with the segmented sky and the dynamics of the slope through the shot.
Very original dune-shot. Good one!

hi david this photo really amazed me why?
1. you made my head tilt (what an angle hehehe)
2. the color of the sand its just an amazing blend between sand and sky..
3. the shadows of the dune at the other side...just perfect blend
4. the people and the detail of their footprints

just simple as that!!!



Hi DAvid,

I like the diagonal placement of the huge sanddune in this picture where the well metered blue sky horizon adds great geometry and charm into the shot!

The colors are very natural and the clarity is superb. The wind adds mood into the shot. The people bring a great sense of scale.

A exceptional composition with nice informative details and thanks for a short note.

best regards,

Hello David,

This is an exceptional shot!
I'm amazed that it has been in your archive rather than posted!
With eyes slightly out of focus, one could imagine this as a flag, the different areas are so clearly defined, so well composed!
You pov has great impact on the viewer, there is a concious effort to orientate oneself.
The little details of the sand blowing off the edge of the dune, the long shadows and the footprints, all add interest to the shot.

Have a good day,
Bev :-)

David this is amazing the details are sharp and the colours excellent you have shown the climbers on the dune well looks very hard work thank for uploading this one

This really made me scratch my head ... and stare for a long time. I'm still not sure I've got it figured out:)
In any case, it's a great diagonal composition, and diagonal disection of the shot .. love the light, long shadows and warm colors of the sand. The people on the ridgeline add a good sense of scale. I can only imagine how tough it must be to climb.
Great (perplexing) shot :)

  • Great 
  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2010-05-06 5:47]

Hi David,

I like the unusual POV and the diagonal framing, it kind of throws the viewer for a loop. It's hard to get one's bearings. For some reason, seeing the people and line of footprints reminds me of how we view ants. I guess in the universal scheme of things that's all we are anyway.

Best regards,

Simply amazing POV and accurate metering of this tricky scene! Love the diagonal compo and the depth in this 3D like image- wonderful work and TFS!



  • Great 
  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2010-05-09 17:41]
  • [+]

Hi David,
By experiment, I know how the trecking on the dune is harsh! Nothing is more unstable than having sand until ankles.
The composition is well done with this great diagonal. Luminous colors. You did a good work with light...not easy to capture it in these conditions. Just an picky observation. I thought the image could be initially in a vertical format. The pose of the climbers would seem more natural in this format. Could it be that you did is a horizontal flip and added the strip of blue sky. Just an idea!
Otherwise, this is a stunning image. Annie

  • Great 
  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2010-05-18 1:53]

Hello David.
Great idea presented here. Looks very effective. Good angle and point of view.
Janek Kloss

Calibration Check