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Dead Vlei

May 20th, 2011

Dead Vlei is a white clay pan located near the more famous salt pan of Sossusvlei, inside the Namib-Naukluft Park in Namibia. It is surrounded by the highest dunes in the world. this photo was taken at around 8:45AM and the temperature was already unbearable. Enjoy.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, adjustments in Adobe Lightroom 3, stitching and other adjustments in Adobe Photoshop.

24°45'37.98"S, 15°17'36.71"E

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Posted By: walfersama
about 10 years, 4 months ago
i'm not quite sure, but if i look at the most right branch (which goes all the way up) of the tree in the front, i can't decide if there's something missing at the dune. either something's missing there, or the dune goes straight up behind the branch.

Eitherways - pure wallpaper material :-)
Posted By: Philippe Clairo
about 10 years, 4 months ago
@walfersama: It does look awkward, but it just happens that the branch intersects with the 2 dunes behind. What I like also, it the fact that the branches follow the dunes shapes. :-)
Those trees are slowly burning under the very hot sun, you can smell it while you're there.
Posted By: Daddy_Gemini
about 10 years, 4 months ago
Interesting... There is a vibration of color between the sky and the dunes that is caused by our eyes knowing blue is usually slightly darker than orange, but here it is slightly lighter, which causes vibration. Not everyone can see this but most people can, we studied it in color class one week. Then you have the optical illusion which makes the dune going behind the branch look out of place, but after looking at it for awhile you can tell that that is just the point that the back dune goes behind the front dune. Thanks for making my eyes and brain go, "huh?". Heheh I like it thanks.
Posted By: Neocane
about 10 years, 4 months ago
I really like the compostion and the saturation of the colors! The color is great without looking "overdone". I voted for this on the loupe, glad to see it made it as it's about the 4th of your images I've downloaded!

Don't really see much room for improvement at all, it's very well done. Good job!
about 10 years, 4 months ago
Simply fabulous work, Philippe! Yet another excellent photo from you.
Posted By: ecleveland
about 10 years, 4 months ago
I like the objects at different depths combined with the framing to give equally give focus to both the foremost tree and the dunes. I think I enjoy this photo more than Frans Lanting's one for National Geographic. Great Job!
Posted By: stelorone
about 10 years, 4 months ago
This is a great shot. I'm sure that area is full of spectacular vista's to shoot! BTW... Did anyone happen to see the National Geographic article on photographer Frans Lanting's shots of this same area? Check it out at http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/06/namibia-park/behind-the-photo It's interesting to see a NG pro's take on the same subject matter.
Posted By: Noupette
about 10 years, 4 months ago
Oh, this is just gorgeous and so sumptuous. What I love about it is that the trees could make it look barren. BUT... Wow, that combination of the colour of the sky and dunes is just so vibrant and tempting that you want to run right into the picture. Also the texture of those architectural, dry but almost dancing trees whose arched branches echo the dunes. At the moment I have another of your photos on my desktop, Philippe, but I'm putting this one on right away. It cheered me up because it's such a joyous picture. Thanks for sharing it.
Posted By: MattGranz
about 10 years, 4 months ago
Thanks for the quick trip to Mars! Er, I mean NamiiaÂ… I'm totally digging this composition, and the surreal nature of the place. Your framing and balance of colors rocks! Everything is utterly eye catching and mesmerizing.

Though I don't mind seeing it, I do see artifacts that came from pushing the blue pixels in the sky to the saturation levels you achieved. I hope that someday someone will invent something that allows us photographers to get the lush saturation like what we see here without banding and other artifacts. Like I said though, I do not mind at all. You exhibit great artistry in this image! It's been my desktop wallpaper for two days now!

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