One of the gigantic dunes of Sossusvlei, Namibia, under the morning light.
Cropped, increased contrast, applied gradual toning.
The sand dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert are often referred to as the highest dunes in the world. Located in the Namib Naukluft park, the largest conservation area in Africa, and fourth largest in the world - the sand dunes at Sossusvlei are just one excellent reason to visit Namibia.
The best time to view Sossusvlei is close to sunrise and sunset; the colours are strong and constantly changing, allowing for wonderful photographic opportunities. The midday heat is intense and best spent in the shade while sunset also offers excellent photo opportunities at Sossusvlei.
'Vlei' is the Afrikaans word for a shallow depression filled with water (well, a depression that might sometimes be filled with water!), and the name 'Sossusvlei' should strictly only be applied to the pan that lies at the place where the dunes close in, preventing the waters of the Tsauchab River from flowing any further - that is, on the rare occasions that the river does flow as far as this. During exceptional rainy seasons, Sossusvlei may fill with water, causing Namibians to flock there to witness the grand sight, but normally it is bone dry. This particular 'vlei' is actually a more-or-less circular, hard-surfaced depression that is almost entirely surrounded by sharp-edged dunes, beyond which lies a formidable sea of rolling sand, stretching in unbroken immensity all the way to the coast. However, the name 'Sossusvlei' nowdays applies to the whole area - an area that encompasses the great plain of the Tsauchab River together with the red dunes that march along like giant sentinels to south and north of the plain.
The second attraction of the area is Sesriem Canyon, which is only a few kilometres from the campsite, the entrance gate, and main Nature Conservation office. The canyon derives its name from the fact that early Afrikaner trekkers had to use six ('ses') leather thongs (a thong is a 'riem') so that their buckets could reach the water far below. The canyon begins as an almost imperceptible but nevertheless deep cleft in level, stony ground, and then widens until it finally flattens out onto the plain. Because it is so deep and sheltered, it often holds water well into the dry season - an invigorating sight in such a barren and stark environment.
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JFS (32459) 2012-05-16 22:18
These landscapes of Namibia fascinate me, they are unique. Delighful shot, magical scene, super work.
Thanks and best regards,
MGHPARSI (939) 2012-05-16 22:40
A beautiful portrait of an extraordinary nature.
Colors and your perspective is very interesting!
Thankful of the Post,
SnapRJW (31629) 2012-05-16 22:56
Hello Erdem - Another lovely shot of Sossusvlei, one for my theme. I like your soft colour very much, they show the landscape in a different mood and the textural detail across the dune faces is excellent. Nice golden winter grasses in the FG. When are you coming back for a visit? Warmest regards Rosemary
emka (97717) 2012-05-16 23:10
Amazing landscape of Namibia. The cdelicate tiny trees give the scale to the shot. Fantastic dunes, in your photo they have a wonderful colour. fascinating place that I plan to visit in September.
carlo62 (48357) 2012-05-16 23:53
molto piacevoli le forme ed i colori, stupendo il gioco di ombre che danno forma al paesaggio.
Jeppo (17645) 2012-05-17 0:00
I love those burnt tones...the dry yellow and the burnt warm brown of the dunes...
Maybe...maybe....this country will be the next travel target...maybe...
Royaldevon (38896) 2012-05-17 0:37
Good Morning Erdem,
A most dramatic and eye-catching shot. You have made the sand dunes curl with the crispness of a f0lded paper. You have wonderful lines with contrasting light and shadows in this very well composed shot.
Have a lovely day,
yquem46 (38752) 2012-05-17 1:54
A place on my list of must go for sure !
Nice colors quite natural, delicate light affording a nice balance between areas in the shade or in the light, good use of the yellow zone at FG with the 2 little trees
Bonne journée, bien amicalement
timecapturer (49288) 2012-05-17 3:10
a tantalising view with such wonderful sweeping lines and contrasting colours. It is a magical mix in a flawlessly controlled light. Executed and presented beautifully.
Regards - Brian.
jhm (152982) 2012-05-17 4:42
Your picture is almost a painting real wonderful.
Shadows and light care for a excellent image.
Splendid mountain panorama view.
Color and sharpness are superb.
You create very well depth and perspective.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Thursday,
cargus (10253) 2012-05-17 4:57
Spectaculaire composition, de belles couleurs, bien encadré et rendu, image bien fait.!!
m00n (2259) 2012-05-17 6:39
What an unearthly, the film frame.
I look here since morning, and every time ... sigh oh ... ah ...
ebingul (1984) 2012-05-17 13:58
Very beautiful landscape with amazing colours.Very well composed and framed.Excellent light and clarity as well.Nice graphic effects of the sand hills in BG.
Well done and best regards.
federico (3955) 2012-05-17 15:07
hello erdem, very beautyfull picture, I like the colors and the composition, perfect combination of lights and shadows
jmdias (64488) 2012-05-21 3:13
amazing the shapes and the colors of these dunes, the small trees gave us a sense of scale. great job under a perfect light. TFS.
ayferaldanmaz (1085) 2012-05-21 11:43
merhaba erdem bey,
müthiş bir manzara, müthiş bir kare.. herşeyiyle mükemmel, tebrikler..
selamlar ve iyi çalışmalar,
GREGG (7888) 2012-05-22 9:56
spectacular sceneryand beautiful wild place, great colors, bravo
anokutan (15097) 2012-05-22 12:15
Erdem bey merhabalar,
Enfes renkler.Süper ışık ve gölge.Kadraj da dört dörtlük.Tebriklerimle.
BennyV (17064) 2012-05-24 3:57
Lovely play of lines and light. Superb tones too. The trees below give a sense of scale/dimension. Top class piece of work. Tfs.
InasiaJones (31566) 2012-07-11 20:00
Catching up on your work, coming back from Istanbul... :-p))
Hey! What a great and impressive landscape... The light is awesome and provides a dramatic set-up that makes your photo truly unique.
Simplicity of tones, strong contrasts and an effective sense of depth make that shot remarkable.
korbee (6619) 2012-09-16 6:54
Hi Erdem,Ive seen a bit of your gallery,very impressive with lts an lots of good ideas and high class work.This one caught my eyes,what a lanscape with amazing deep colors,the tree are giving a good impressin of the size of the huge dunes in the background.
colinbrenchley (6431) 2013-07-15 7:46
You have captured the light well on this landscape. The shades of light on the grass add atmosphere to your shot
Regards - Colin
erel (11890) 2014-01-21 6:34
Enfes bir kare gözüne sağlık ...BRAVOOO
- Copyright: Erdem Kutukoglu (Suppiluliuma) (3913)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-08-18
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 100-400mm L IS USM
- Exposure: f/13.0, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Sand dunes of Sossusvlei, Namibian Landscapes 2 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-05-16 21:56