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Copyright: Frank De Cock (Dingo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-30
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: Canon EOS 450D, Tamron 18-200/3.5-6.3 AF XR DI-II LD IF, @ ISO 200, B+W Circular Polarizer MRC
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Fly to the sun - Tunisia, fall 2008
Theme(s): My photos >= 30 and < 40 points Part II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-28 5:55
Viewed: 3692
Points: 31
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One of the highlights of our stay on Djerba was a guided tour through two deserts: the Jebel and the Sahara. Both are impressive landscapes, though very different.

In Glissia we took a camel ride towards the Sahara. Temperature was very nice, about 25 °C, and the ride was very comfortable. I'd love to do that for a couple of days, heading deeper into the desert... which really "grabbed" me; the Sahara is a stunning landscape, very beautiful and ever changing because of the very fine sand - which is more like powder - and wind.

During a break the camels took a rest, and I took the opportunity to look a bit closer. I noticed they have some very sharp teeth in the back of their mouth; they look like vampire teeth to me! So I couldn't resist this capture, when I noticed the tourists in the back.

Anyway, another thing I learnt from Ali, our camel driver: some camels are sweet and friendly, other are very unfriendly. He characterised mine as being "moderately friendly" - when I tried to pet it, it warned me to back off by blowing at me.

Tech talk

For some reason or other I had set the 450D to spot metering and I forgot to check. This left me an overexposed raw image.
Fortunately, Lightroom 2 has a very nice tool to correct this: the graduated filter. It works like a graduated filter to put on your lens, and brought back details which I feared were gone...

In PS I added an adjustment layer for curves only to boost the contrast a bit.

Downsized and framed with a couple of home-cooked PS actions.

Signed with a font called "Running smobble", meant to look like Arabic (though obviously written in the wrong direction. I hope I didn't write anything legible in Arabic ;o)

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I like this one, Frank. I think it was fortunate that you left the exposure setting to spot. This, combined with your PP work, may have made the colors unique and very pleasing to look at. Thanks for sharing!


Met zo'n bek moet dat geen probleem zijn :
wist niet dat die zo'n scherpe bieters hadden !

Goeie reflex want zo'n compositie blijft natuurlijk niet duren hé.
Vind ook je kleuren mooi en dan voornamelijk die van het beest en de touwen.
Misschien (?) had een iets grotere DOF beter geweest maar,
dat zou ik moeten kunnen vergelijken.
Volgend jaar dus. >:-)
Idem voor je spot-metering.
Zou dat hier zoveel uitmaken ?

ISO 200 in een zon-overgoten woestijn ...
speciale reden ?

Had het nog als " useful " willen zetten
maar de ervaring leert me dat dit gevaarlijk is :
eens beginnen typen en dan nog daarop klikken
is soms alle typ-werk ploef weg.


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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2008-12-28 11:32]

Bonjour Frank,
Tu me rappelles des souvenirs d'une expérience similaire où mon dromadaire était plutôt "unfriendly"! Je reconnais d'ailleurs, sur la face du tien, la même expression de profond agacement qu'il avait des touristes inexpérimentés comme moi...
Excellent close-up et acuité! Merci pour ta note concernantle "graduated filter". Cela pourrait m'être utile. J'aime bien la police que tu as employée, c'est pertinent avec la photo!
Bravo! Annie

ciao Frank..
it's in a cetrain way.. funny.. and it's also an excellent close up.. with wonderful expression captured!.. nice to look at this highlight of your trip.. it's a precious detail.. thanks
ciao Marco

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  • tracer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 748 W: 45 N: 1650] (8284)
  • [2008-12-30 11:40]

excellent portrait Frank! =) did you ride one? i almost fell off when i rode one here in dubai. especially when its about to kneel.
this is spontaneous. with its own story to tell from the photographer.

have a merry late christmas and a the best of 2009! keep the sharp critiques!


i a n

De beste wensen voor 2009 Frank

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2008-12-31 20:54]
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So these camels like to eat people, do they?
Well positioned model here Frank. You couldn't have positioned the people better than if you tried to.
Well done
Happy New Year to you and your family and my mate Dingo.
Best regards

Hi Frank,
Hehehehe..funny ánd excellent quality. Fine and interesting composition. I'm not sure if the camel likes Tunesian meat, but you captured this very well. Great posting Frank!

great detail

Hoi Frank
Eerst en vooral beste wensen! Goede recovery dat je daar hebt, grappige compo met de Tunies in zijn muil. Knappe details.

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  • azaf1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 733 W: 61 N: 1257] (7137)
  • [2009-01-05 13:07]

Hi Frank

She's really something. I was there two years ago and they are really something. Great cloze up and fine details


Salut Frank,

Je peux déjà te confirmer que ta signature ne veux rien dire en Arabe :-)
Sinon, je ne vois pas exactement ou c'est ce Village, pourtant, je croyais que je connaissais la région ...

Enfin, merci pour les notes techniques. C'est utile.

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  • wilth Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 43 N: 520] (2028)
  • [2009-01-12 22:26]

Hi Frank,
Interesting composition here, nicely done. Lightroom 2 is a big step up from 1 indeed, nice rescue here.
Good job getting the teeth in the mouth without blowing all the rest of the image, Lightroom tools notwithstanding.
p.s. "signing" is interesting and fitting as well.

Very interesting capture indeed, and it's true that they have teeth very frightening!!! Your close up is great to see its nose too, very useful I imagine when there is lots of wind, it's closed hermetically!!! Funny capture for the turists in the background, it wants to eat them...
TFS, Carine

Hello Frank!

I like the moderately friendly attidude and caracter of your model (^_^), The head is well placed , but I am not a fan of the people in the background. Even if they are dressed with local costumes , I find them distractive so close to your subject. By moving to your left slightly , you could have masked them completely wuth its head.

Just a thought .

Love your joyous note (^_^).

haha, de klassieke kameel shot. Leuk gedaan. Had het liefst een egaal achtergrond gehad achter z'n kop, maar dit is ook grappig.


fantastic ... and very funny !!!
very well seen and captured Frank !!!
the PP work is fantastic as well !
ili :o)

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