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 a must-see in Namibia.
The best time to view Sossusvlei is close to sunrise and sunset; the colours are strong and constantly changing, allowing for good photographic opportunities. The midday heat is intense and best spent in the shade.
'Vlei' is the Afrikaans word for a shallow depression filled with water, and the name 'Sossusvlei' should strictly 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 that.
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.
The name 'Sossusvlei' nowadays 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.
Cropped, increased contrast, sharpness and saturation, corrected the axis, applied Neat Image.
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SnapRJW (31629) 2010-11-29 1:45
Good Morning Erdem - Lots of layers interest in this shot and lovely to see some greenery! Good natural colour. How do those lonely Gemsbok survive? One of the miracles of nature. Best regards Rosemary
mozzy27 (2) 2010-11-29 1:53
Incredibly beautiful landscape, superb changes in the sand dune colours, wonderful old dead trees and greenery. Magnificent, well done.
carlosmarin (11954) 2010-11-29 2:11
Beautiful composition of the desert landscape of Namibia.
It has beautiful colors and textures.
Perfect frame with depth and clarity of image.
dta (80238) 2010-11-29 3:02
Hello Erdem ,
What a gorgeous composition ! The contrasts of colors , of light , are really splendid . Each element is ar the right place : the trees , the antelope ....
Very good capture .
Nard (6972) 2010-11-29 3:28
Beautiful natural picture for a incredible landscape. I like the different colors of the sand, the addition of green grass and this dead tree in the foreground.
JFS (32459) 2010-11-29 4:38
Splendid image full of textures, colors and an incredible sharpness. I like your composition very much.
HimalAnda (10669) 2010-11-29 5:27
This is a great picture, with a lot of beautiful colors and a very interesting subject: this lonely animal.
Your composition plays with the different frames of the picture: it is very well done.
timecapturer (49288) 2010-11-29 5:57
love the structure of this wonderful composition. Everything works so well, the trees and stumps plus the excellent colours and lines in the distance. Great capture!
PaulVDV (30739) 2010-11-29 14:15
I really like this composition and the many different horizontal layers of the picture.
The desert can have so many colours on such a small area.
Best regards, Paul
gabrielpat (7163) 2010-12-04 4:26
My eyes like to go all around this shot,many things to look at.great work.
bema (26425) 2010-12-04 4:34
a great take from this really impressive landscape and location, like a lot your pov, including this creature inmidst the desert..
thanks for sharing, see you, Bernd
Waylim (25502) 2010-12-09 1:00
This is perhaps one of the best photo that I have seen of this place. I hope to see it for myself one day. Great photo quality, fantastic light and beautiful colors, and very well composed.
I love it. My complements.
olive224 (2719) 2010-12-11 6:20
what a stunning composition !
I love it ! The contrasted colors, the sharpness and this animal, alone in the world....
it's as if it were the last one alive in the world !
PS : what do you think of your 5D Mk II ?
mkamionka (39179) 2011-01-28 7:10
fantastic shot. The landscape itself is so unusual, colorful and simply beautiful but the presence of this rare animal alone in the middle makes the photo so much more alive and of course it is also great as a scale marker.
I like the variety of color tones and textures.
Very well composed,
ManuMay (36285) 2011-01-28 7:14
A prefect colours patchwork!!
An amazing view in high definition, where everything is very well placed and everything has a wonderful colour, an amazing capture...its composition and light are really special..not much times we see this kind of good images...Thanks!!!
Have a nice day...
ebingul (1984) 2012-03-13 3:19
Thanks to your critique to my Suleymaniye Mosque photo,I happened to discover your gallery and I fell in love with your photos..This is one of them.What a great composition with amazing colours,light and clarity.Excellent DOF too.
Very well done,TFS and best regards.
PN85 (104) 2012-11-17 2:01
Such an interesting capture, there is so much for the eyes to see here. Great pov where the tree in the foreground, the animal in the middle and the redish dunes at the bac helps to create an amazing depth. Your photo is filled with colors and eyecatching shapes. Have nothing but positive things to say about this one. Thanks for sharing it!
Have a nice day
- 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, 1/320 seconds
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Sand dunes of Sossusvlei, Namibian Landscape [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-11-29 1:24
- Favorites: 1 [view]