I tried a low shooting angle here. The sunrise was a non event as the bg sand dunes are just too high and the sun has well & truly risen once it clears the top of the dunes. I tried walking partway up the closer dunes but they just stretch almost endlessly to Algeria. You really need a hot air balloon to get the first sunrays and a colored orange sky at dawn. So I tried concentrating on the silhouettes and shapes of the camels instead using them as a filter against the strong backlight. I've categorised this as transportation as camels are often called the ships of the desert.
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Silvio1953 (122215) 2013-09-18 11:07
Ciao Chris, fascinating composition with lovely ca,mels, wonderful warm colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Miguel82 (23367) 2013-09-18 12:04
Buna pritene Chris,
What a nice picture of Sahara desert, your pov shows how the camel are a tall animal, I like that ochre color
Good sharpness, a brillant picture,
Multumesc, Urari bune
ktanska (24758) 2013-09-18 12:16
Yes, I can imagine. Camp must be on a steady ground, not on a dune, and it's a long way to the top...
But getting so close and low to those camels. You were obviously confident that they would not kick.
pierrefonds (56987) 2013-09-18 16:41
Having the camels in the shadow is a good idea. The distance between the camels and the sand dunes is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the détails and colors of the sand dunes. The good luminosity is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.
Graal (97485) 2013-09-18 23:54
essence of desert, camels & Sahara. Simple theme well done. Nice effect of silhouettes of camels and sands of dune. Photo I like.
Have a nice day.
Royaldevon (29591) 2013-09-19 1:56
You have achieved a most interesting effect, despite the lack of sunrise, as the camels do have an almost silhouetted appearance. They create a diagonal across the frame from right to left. It is just a pity that you didn't get the third camel in shot as that would not only have given a better composition but would, also have had Biblical connotations!
Have a great day,
timecapturer (48740) 2013-09-19 5:36
like this POV it is so well chosen and affords a unique view of what must be a fascinating dawn. All the desert elements are here and the effect beautiful. A balanced and tantalising presentation.
fabbs99 (16167) 2013-09-19 22:37
Superb shadow shot of the camels from the sahara deserts.Excellent exposure, colors and sharpness.Very well done.TFS.
subhendu_bagchi (25727) 2013-09-23 8:23
namaste John, it has a potential sight for photography, I think. You captured this view well with those camels but I afraid why you cropped the back portion of the leg of the nearest camel. Though I like your composition a lot due to such innovative POV, which shows us the view of dune through their legs... Like also the bushes in the dune. A nice one captured with nice light and beautiful colour tone. Well done. Tfs.
ourania (31029) 2013-09-24 14:10
I love the low angle you chose for this shot, it has done wonders for the perspective and the camels look so imposing, the ultimate rulers of the desert. It would be perfect if the the back leg of the right hand camel had made it into the frame. The graphical impact is strong and appealing, the colours of the dunes and of the sky are wonderful. The atmosphere created by the lighting is suggestive. I like how one of the camels has turned towards the rising sun. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
eldancer1 (27891) 2013-09-27 7:42
If I was there seeing this scene in person I would feel like being part of a movie scene on a camel caravan. For us who haven't been there look at this image as romantic but for the people who live this kind of life, it's reality. Nicely captured with good pov and nice details. Well done, tfs.
ikeharel (57210) 2014-08-11 8:38
Good evening Chris,
Wonderful view of the red sand "sea and waves" of the sahara, through the camels legs.
POV chosen wonderfully, the camels made the wole sceen so unique.
Fine clear details and good light-management.