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High-resolution desktop wallpaper The Lonesome Dune by Dominic Kamp
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The Lonesome Dune

July 20th, 2010

Digital composition created in Photoshop CS4. Colors have been decreased and faded into a blueish accent, increased contrast and light addition of vignetting.

Nikon D700, AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, Adobe Photoshop CS4.

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Comments from the Community

Posted By: gcarter
about 4 years, 2 months ago
Very refreshing and haunting at the same time... now has pride of place on my HD display :)
Posted By: jrm125
about 4 years, 2 months ago
Uh oh...I'm suddenly inspired to bust out Bryce.

Nice work. Maybe soften the shadow on the tree slightly, but great work. Any chance we could get a dual monitor version? :)

Departure from your usual stuff too...new direction?
about 4 years, 2 months ago
I really like this masterpiece that you have created Dominic. When I saw this one Flickr a while ago I knew this would make phenomenal wallpaper and it sure did I am so glad this got voted in. Thanks for sharing this dream buddy. Keep these amazing works coming. Cheers.
Posted By: quicksand
about 4 years, 2 months ago
mac, god knows you're my favorite contributor on this site, and in spite of my general dislike of this artificial made up stuff, some of what you've put together in the past wasn't so bad.

but not this one. my question is, why make up something on a computer, when there's several perfectly fine real photos of the same thing. like these:

http://interfacelift.com/wallpaper_beta/tags/1951/location/namib_desert/

what the beauty of photography? to me it's that something so beautiful that I'm looking at actually exists somewhere out there. with these digital thingies i don't get any of that. essentially they are a lie. i don't want to look at a lie on my desktop.

what's specifically wrong with this one? perhaps the worst part is the repetitive roof tile-like texture in the foreground that looks like it's been cloned senseless over and over. the tree seems out of place, maybe because it is, although you've handled the shadow well.

this actually could have been a cool photo, if it was real. it's that lack of real that kills it.
Posted By: InterClaw
about 4 years, 2 months ago
Ooh, nice one! Very reminiscent of the movie "The Cell".
Posted By: neploleppard
about 4 years, 2 months ago
This is nice, but it's not a digital composition.
about 4 years, 2 months ago
I knew it would not take long until the usual complainers would go on their typical crusade... Ugh... It has to be the biggest joke I have read today. "i don't want to look at a lie on my desktop" If you had no idea that this was digitally created or altered you would have said WOW this is freaking amazing... and after seeing sand dunes I can clearly say that this "digitally created scene" is more realistic than some of you can comprehend. Most images that you see commercially or not are digitally altered yet many can't distinguish that unless stated by the artist or photographer. Art is not meant to always resemble realism and that's the beauty of art. It seems to me that some of you folks are never happy with anything. Some of my best wallpapers are all digital art masterpieces and I love the surreal and sometimes "too clean" feel to them. That's what makes an amazing wallpaper and unique wallpaper. I have doubt that a few of you guys need to think outside the box for change instead of continuously whine about everything that you encounter.
Posted By: antonis7
about 4 years, 2 months ago
I believe that quicksand stated his opinion pretty thoroughly and there is no need to tell him off just because he does not like a composition which is VERY VERY clearly a digital composition.

I believe his criticism was rather constructive as he stated exactly what he does not like in the picture and you just have to accept that some people DONT like every submission and might have a negative comment for it

I personally rather enjoy that image, the only thing that looks a bit weird for me is the point where the clouds meet the sand dunes on the right, their perspective is a bit wrong in my opinion
Posted By: Fates Hand
about 4 years, 2 months ago
wow its gorgeous
Posted By: rejectEd
about 4 years, 2 months ago
Great work. I could do without the little tree, though. So, if it's ok, I 'll remove it.
@igor
You complain just as much, so get off your high horse.
Posted By: animeinme
about 4 years, 2 months ago
I actually don't like this one. Very boring and unoriginal.
about 4 years, 2 months ago
I am torn on this one! I love the composure and the mood that it captures, however I don't think I could have this as a wallpaper, I feel that I will be to distracted from it...
about 4 years, 2 months ago
I know everyone is entitled to their own opinion with that being said when I leave a constructive criticism it is WAY different from the usual complaining that is evident on this website on the daily basis.

If, I simply don't like the wallpaper but the wallpaper does not have any technical flaws then it comes down to personal taste and I would not waste my time saying that it's ugly or boring or whatever. It does not offer anything to the community, on the contrary if the image is not executed properly in regards to any technical aspects and when a person offers a constructive criticism to improve such an image or artwork it is a totally different story. It's just that simple. It's nothing about arrogance or anything else it's just simple facts. I personally ENCOURAGE constructive criticism in my line of work whether it's from a client or a fan regardless. Being defensive and blind is ignorance that kills many emerging photographers.
Posted By: antonis7
about 4 years, 2 months ago
" on the contrary if the image is not executed properly in regards to any technical aspects and when a person offers a constructive criticism to improve such an image or artwork it is a totally different story"

Isnt that exactly what quicksand did when he talked about the "repetitive roof tile-like texture" as he explained what he believes is technically wrong with that image

Using expressions like "I knew it would not take long until the usual complainers would go on their typical crusade... Ugh... It has to be the biggest joke I have read today" about a comment that simply stated a different opinion from yours is just... off putting and in my opinion rather arrogant

Chill out a bit dude
Posted By: rejectEd
about 4 years, 2 months ago
@igor
You call it constructive criticism when you do it..but it's complaining when others do it ?

Just one of your many instances of complaining......

"Sorry for being so critical but I would rather have original raw image. Such a perfect place but ruined with processing."

That is called an complaining.. Just because you have an opinion about how a photo should be processed does not make it constructive criticism.
Posted By: Dominic Kamp
about 4 years, 2 months ago
As usual, thanks for your comments and also the criticism. There's the phrase:

"If nothing bad is ever said, nothing good will ever be done"

I absolutely agree with this phrase however, when I give constructive criticism, I try to encourage people. Like in my previous comment on "Morning Breaks", I said that I absolutely love everything about the picture and simply mentioned the little flaw at the end. Furthermore, I explained how this can be avoided.

Now, calling a picture boring and unoriginal is NOT constructive criticism. Furthermore, Quicksand mentioned that he didn't like the digital "thingies". No offense, but the image is less artificial than you probably think. It's a four layer image.

- Tree
- Shadow (blurred out to the back)
- Sand
- Sky

All layers are photos and have not been rendered or anything else. They have only been digitally altered so that they look the way I want. I can only remember the discussion about "Maligne Starry Sky" where some people actually critically mentioned that I didn't specifically stated that the photo has been a digital composition. This time I specifically mentioned it, and still the outcome is far from satisfying.

What I'm trying to say is, and this has been said many times before, constructive criticism is good as long as it stays objective and friendly! Only that way, you can encourage people to upload high qualitative submission and not the same blah over and over again.

In that sense, thanks again for your comments and look forward to my upcoming releases of the Matterhorn and a couple of Norway fjord wallpapers in August.

Best,
Dominic
Posted By: Frostmint
about 4 years, 2 months ago
@igor

I don't think anyone wants, or finds, your "constructive criticism" useful. I suggest simply not commenting, and using self-criticisms to take astoundingly beautiful desktops that will immediately be placed on the front page.

Thanks
Posted By: brizkit
about 4 years, 2 months ago
Popcorn. Reading complaints and arguments is infinitely more entertaining than the mindless praise you see on most photo submission sites day in and day out.
Posted By: antonis7
about 4 years, 2 months ago
I apologize Macindows if my comment about the clouds was not considered as constructive criticism.

As a viewer my eye just spotted something in the dunes/clouds vicinity that seems like a different perspective from what i should have normally expected. So i just pointed it out to keep it in mind for your next digital composition

Maybe i am wrong and it is just an illusion but under no circumstances i did not intend to be "negative" about your image
Posted By: Dominic Kamp
about 4 years, 2 months ago
No worries Antonis, no need to apologize! I actually thought the same about the sky after you mentioned it.
Posted By: klikekyle
about 4 years, 2 months ago
Don't mean to sound rude in anyway to the other commentators but Dominic your work is absolutely amazing. This is not a site where wall's are released and asked to be critiqued so they can be re released again. I have no where near the talent Dominic has or many of you for that matter but I always find it disheartening when I see negative people taking time out of their day to leave rude comments. I would hope the elementary playground law would still be in affect where "If you don't have anything nice to say don't say it". Dominic please continue to release your amazing photos. My desktop and eyes thank you. =D
Posted By: firefly.serenity
about 4 years, 2 months ago
IFL's community has gotten so petty and lame with all of this arguing. It's awesome. :)

Let's satirize everything instead. How about someone post a CGI of a photograph of a sunset? I double-dog dare you!
about 4 years, 2 months ago
Bingo! Thanks for chiming in Dominic! You said everything I envisioned about this masterpiece without knowing all the technical details of this creation. I said in my above comment that this image is more realistic then you guys can comprehend and hence I was right on.

@ Frostmint and applies to RejectEd... I have been around the block for a while and I realized same thing you just said. My constructive criticism is not cherished here by ignorant majority even though all my points are admired by individuals that have the very least understanding of technical qualities of the photography and many flaws that arise with this medium.

To make long story short I do see a sad future of this defensive community. IFL is a phenomenal site but with the increased democracy at members request (Loupe) quality have been spiraling down. I am afraid that some of the best contributors will part ways very soon after all the ungrateful closed minded members vent their flawed rants. I will be doing basically what I did before just close my eyes and stop helping people out of my goodness since not everyone can appreciate a valid constructive criticism where it belongs. I agree with what Chris Gin said previously and he knows it better than most here and unfortunately this gloom future is unavoidable at this point. Increase of low quality approved submissions will drive away the best talent and this trend already started as Chris mentioned not long ago. This is sad people... perhaps that's what democracy brings you can't have best of both worlds? There will be no motivation of the talented individuals if their work gets buried continuously in the loupe. I keep seeing on a daily basis phenomenal wallpapers that don't make a cut through the loupe system. This is possibly my last comment. Cheers everyone!
Posted By: stevejrocks
about 4 years, 1 month ago
I like it. Regardless. Can you believe all the immaturity on here? If ya don't like it then just move on. You're the fool if you're taking the time to even write a complaint in the first place because you obviously have nothing better to do. Of course, what am I doing right now right? Anyway, I think it's awesome. I thought it was real but then the shadow is a bit sharp. I would soften it as well. If you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything at all. Good job!
Posted By: fishy
about 4 years, 1 month ago
2 words...
Amazing
Posted By: fishy
about 4 years, 1 month ago
oh and BTW Igor, hopefully this isn't your last comment on the site, but rather just this submission?
Posted By: Simonobi
about 4 years, 1 month ago
Do you have a version without the tree ? :)
Posted By: Chris F
about 4 years, 1 month ago
I enjoy this one and, while I can't seem to manufacture any criticism of this composition, I'm wondering if a version without the tree is available. As I finished typing that sentence I looked up to see Simonobi had asked the same thing.

As a personal preference I like having more simple wallpapers. If it's easy to produce an image without the tree I'd like to see it.
Posted By: frozenskyscraper
about 4 years, 1 month ago
The next step in IFL's evolution: a comment filter.
about 4 years, 1 month ago
@frozenskyscraper, we are always open to suggestions for improving the user experience on the site. Carefully considered and detailed suggestions are valued far more highly than short, empty suggestions. Please submit your thoughts via the the 'Email Webmaster' link at the bottom of the page.

That said, we currently DO have a comment filter. Comments are moderated by you, the visitor.

The 'immature' button is intended for flame bait, inappropriate (non family-friendly) language, and spam. A single immature vote flags the comment for review by, well, me usually. Most of the time we take no action. If a commenter receives too many 'immature' votes, their future posts automatically require manual approval as a precaution before appearing on the site. We frequently DO approve appropriate comments by posters with a poor history. And the manual approval restriction is automatically lifted if a user's comments receive enough 'insightful' votes. This can and does happen.

Tthe intention is to allow for free discussion, so long as it is family friendly, not incendiary, or needlessly rude. Even when the community decides that a user's future posts need to be manually approved, we offer a path back to legitimacy and don't hold a grudge. Only extreme cases cause permanent banning or other measures to be taken. This is incredibly rare.

Sometimes users abuse the commenting system, and we have taken steps to minimize that. Afterall, it is not perfect. But our dream is not to be baby sitters or to spend thousands of man hours crafting a flame-proof commenting system. That's probably not even possible, and if it becomes necessary, the fun is gone and we'll begrudgingly turn off the comment system. We love photography and digital art. Our passion is not baby sitting, or getting our jollies by ruling with a heavy hand. We welcome passionately intellectual discourse, constructive criticism, and constructive praise. That we should all conduct ourselves in a respectful manner is implicit. If the community can do that, great. If not, the comments remove rather than add value and should be disabled. It's up to all of you to decide that. Not only in the comments that you make about the images, but also in how you react and interact with each other.

-luke
This comment is rated: insightful
Posted By: atosk89
about 4 years, 1 month ago
the sky does it for me, very nicely done combinations! using it as my wallpaper at work...a place to escape to
Posted By: firefly.serenity
about 4 years, 1 month ago
Thanks, Luke. God, I love this website.
Posted By: frozenskyscraper
about 4 years, 1 month ago
@ Luke, While I appreciate the offer, I will not claim to possess the knowledge required to design a new model for comment filtering, and have no intention of expanding on my glib remark. Your reply, if I may claim it as a response to my post, is almost certainly the most thoughtful, intelligent, and well-written post I've ever read on this site, which at this point, I would probably prefer to be comment-free. But this, of course, would be unfair to those few who do enhance this site with their technical know-how and experience, and those seeking it. So, while I can offer no real solution, I'll try to keep future empty remarks to myself, and hope that others do the same.
Posted By: Phirewire
about 4 years, 1 month ago
One of the best digital compositions I've seen. I agree on the posts above about possibly having a version without the tree, however, that is entirely a matter of personal preference and not a technical issue.

I always look forward to seeing your work Dominic.
Posted By: Lykos
about 4 years, 1 month ago
I noticed a few comments in this direction, and I'd like to chime in the same. I would love to see this image without the tree. I've never seen such a large amount of sand in such a white shade, so may I receive a copy without the tree? I read how you used a tree layer to place it in, so I suppose it would be easy to change. Thank you for posting a great imagine. I must say it is nice with the tree, but I have a hankering for those sands with no tree if you have the time.

wade2st@gmail.com
1680x1050 resolution
Posted By: quicksand
about 4 years, 1 month ago
nothing in this discussion debate warrants the above post by the IFL admin, i just don't see how it relates to anything that's been said. other than a few minor complains by people who get agitated by anything other than praise, and borisenko's typically ostentatious but harmless comments, this has been a very civil and friendly discussion.

where is the problem?
Posted By: jd554
about 4 years, 1 month ago
@quicksand, The IFL admin stated it was in response to frozenskyscraper's statement about creating a comment filter. He was just explaining how the comment filter works.
Posted By: OneDunya
about 4 years, 1 month ago
I love this submission, you are consistent in presenting us with nice wallpaper choices.
Posted By: quicksand
about 4 years, 1 month ago
@jd554
under the circumstances of this very civil and constructive debate i consider discussing comment filters in five paragraph outright inappropriate and uncalled for. what is this iran? what would be the idea, to filter out comments that don't conform to my opinions?

ps: ironically if there was a 'comment filter' then frozenskyscraper's bit would likely be the first one to go, as it's likely of the lowest value in the whole debate. and this is what the admin chose to reply to? with an essay? i don't get it.
Posted By: Frostmint
about 4 years, 1 month ago
@igor

"My constructive criticism is not cherished here by ignorant majority even though all my points are admired by individuals that have the very least understanding of technical qualities of the photography and many flaws that arise with this medium. "

If it's an ignorant majority, then stop commenting here. Make your own website of elite people who conform to your version of intelligence. I also think it is highly arrogant for you to claim that all your points are admired by "competent" individuals.

Trust me, almost everyone dislikes your high and mighty critiquing. If you have all the answers, then why are none of your desktops ever on the front page?
Posted By: frozenskyscraper
about 4 years, 1 month ago
@quicksand, The irony of posting a comment about adding a comment filter didn't escape me, nor likely any bright reader, but thanks. It was intended to be half-joke, half-serious tidbit, but I'm flattered with the response.
Posted By: josephwm
about 4 years, 1 month ago
Macindows, don't ever stop posting here, I find your landscapes very easy to look at and the constructive criticism that follows in the comments sometimes is often very useful as a learning experience for me as an amateur photographer. I always check here for new wallpapers, and often I see rather rough photography pass the loupe these days, so it's a real gem whenever you see a great composition from one of the Interfacelift masters. Keep up the good work :)
Posted By: neploleppard
about 4 years, 1 month ago
Digitally created and digitally altered are 2 different things. If I created the Mona Lisa, I'd want credit for it. If I took the Mona Lisa and drew a mustache on her with a Sharpie™, then proceeded to alter the hues and remove the background so as to place her in the middle of Toys R Us... that wouldn't be really work my saying I "created" her. I altered her.

I, must like everyone else, didn't throw our opinions out there to insult the artist. The artist is insulted because of his weak use of the English language, its grammer, and its definitions.
Posted By: neploleppard
about 4 years, 1 month ago
(I clearly noticed a grammatically typo... it's hard to type with a 7mo old hitting your arm.)
Posted By: firefly.serenity
about 4 years, 1 month ago
Wait a minute. People thought me saying "God, I love this website" is immature? Honestly, I used to love to see the comments on IFL, but now it's just become totally lame. From now on, I am going to come here, grab the photos and leave like a leech. So much for trying to be a part of a community. Good riddance.
Posted By: Dominic Kamp
about 4 years, 1 month ago
Dearest Neploleppard,

I very much understand that you thought, my English was / is weak. It is because neither did you understand the meaning of the word "composition" nor did you fully comprehend the sentence structure. Let me kindly help you understand it.

Com·po·si·tion (kmp-zshn)
a) The combining of distinct parts or elements to form a whole.
b) Arrangement of artistic parts so as to form a unified whole.

In that context the verb "create" refers to the noun "composition", which in fact IS an arrangement of photos! If there are ANY further difficulties to understand what I'm saying, please let me know and I'd be happy to help you out, Sir.

Kindest regards,
Dominic
Posted By: KenRockwell
about 4 years, 1 month ago
Haha touché!
Posted By: Longitude011
about 4 years, 1 month ago
Great wallpaper. Just do it that way. Regards to an artist from Belgrade, Serbia :-)
Posted By: Philipp
about 4 years, 1 month ago
great one.

though for some reason it looks waaay better on my 16:10 laptop screen than on the 5:4 PC display ,)
Posted By: AB
about 4 years, 1 month ago
It's a nice image with excellent post work. Personally, though, I'd prefer it to be much warmer.

@Macindows

I believe the term you are looking for is "composite," ie. a digital composite. In my experience I have never heard the term "composition" used to refer to different exposures/elements combined into a single image.
Posted By: Dominic Kamp
about 4 years, 1 month ago
@AB

Well, why would the webmaster then create the tag name "digital composition"? On the other hand, I've never heard the term "digital composite". I think, both terms mean the very same. But in the end, who really cares? Later we're gonna start counting commas...
Posted By: animeinme
about 4 years, 1 month ago
You guys remember that old Windows stock dunes wallpaper? Goooood stuff.
Posted By: sabern
about 4 years, 1 month ago
@Igor
So this is what you call and see *REAL* nature. lol =))
Posted By: Juggernaut_510
about 4 years, 1 month ago
Great shot!!!

I love your work. I've had this shot as my background for days now till I saw your new shot of the Matterhorn today.

Awesome work!! Big fan here.
Posted By: Juggernaut_510
about 4 years, 1 month ago
@ fishy isn't amazing just ONE word?
Posted By: John Doe
about 4 years, 1 month ago
@Macindows: Please upload one without the tree.
Posted By: Treehugger
about 4 years ago
Starkly striking, the contrast leaps out at the eye. From the dark tree to the white sand, and on to the azure sky.

I have always been able to pick out Macindows pictures because they don't seem natural to my eye. They are still gorgeous to look at, but if it isn't good enough to fool my brain, it doesn't sit comfortably in my background. The only point for improvement? Macindows: work harder to fool me, please! I like your compositions.
Posted By: kensonic
about 3 years, 3 months ago
I really love the shot of the dunes. Any more info you care to share about that shot, would be most welcome.

While I like the composition, I keep finding myself wanting to see it without the tree. In my minds eye, the dunes without the tree would shift the sense of loneliness from the tree in dunes, to the the beholder of the dunes (i.e. myself looking at it and imagining being there). I think this would be very emotionally engaging. All just my personal opinion, of course. Any possibility a treeless image that could appear?

Also, I hope you understand that this is a compliment re: the dune shot!

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