This is a view from the Wadi Rum desert in the South of Jordan. It is located between Petra and Aqaba even if it's a 30 minutes drive away from the main road to join the entrance of the reserve.
That desert is very appealing with incredible rocks emerging from the sand. I've heard it's a climber paradise with many challenging spots.
I had a walk waiting for the sunset along a dune and found that camel skull. I guess I stayed something like 30 minutes crawiling in the sand and trying to create an attracting compo with the sand dunes, the intense blue sky and that large white skull.
The time I spent in that desert was quite short but it was a very good experience to feel the silence in these large spaces at night.
In fact, I found the place quite busy during the day with many 4-wheel-drive cars on the track but it was a marvel at night.
Following advices from the son of the Bedouin which hosted my wife and I for the night, I even wake up in the middle of the night to get pictures from the desert under the moonlight : an incredible experience.
It's not so often but we made a decision we regretted during that stay in Wadi Rum. To avoid any problem or surprise, we decided to use the services of the official "Visitor center" to visit the desert and spend the night. Apart for the evening with one Beduin which was very nice, we found it was a very expensive touristic package with not so much enthousiasm. Based on the discussions we had with different people, I would rather recommand people visiting Wadi Rum to try to meet local beduin instead and ask for help.
-> I tried a B&W Workshop, please let me know how to improve it, especially because I have some problems to both increase the saturation and leave the sand with enough details and texture...
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tontonjc (6623) 2005-12-04 12:04
Un paysage et des couleurs superbes. C'est digne de Lucky-Luke ...
Ce crane et ces détails sont splendides.
clarkzor (379) 2005-12-04 12:04
What can I say, beautiful picture, warm nice colors, good composition and the "not-straight" (sorry, donæt know the english word) angle in the picture works very well! Nice captured!
jp80 (8443) 2005-12-04 12:05
super cadrage, le sujet ressort parfaitement et parait énorme au premier plan. L'arrière plan est très esthétique également, et l'utilisation du polarisant est tout à fait opportune. Bravo !
mlopes (494) 2005-12-04 12:08
You did well, the compo is just as it should be i think, nice framing of the skull, and good contrasts with the sky.
cherryripe (21033) 2005-12-04 12:35
Very dynamic shot thanks to the position of the skull which looks so big in the foreground. The sharpness, contrast and colours are superb. Thanks for your informative note. You must have got your clothes all stained red but it is was worth it.
naxius (16685) 2005-12-04 12:43
Des couleurs magnifiques et contrastées du désert du Wadi Rum!! Avec des ossements qui font presque peur!
MiKa2000 (2432) 2005-12-04 12:51
Grande finesse ds cette photo.
Elle devrait etre très sympa en n/b. a voir
jbweasle (9393) 2005-12-04 13:00
A very evokative shot, Steven. It shows well both the beauty of the desert and its deadly side. Good colour and lighting.
Ina (2687) 2005-12-04 14:08
Wow what a powerful picture... The clearnes and strong colors fits this motif perfectly...TFS...Ina...
JanArie (657) 2005-12-04 15:48
You take a great photo with beautifull colors and interesting composition and subject.
capa (743) 2005-12-04 17:56
Excellent shot \o/
cam (9043) 2005-12-04 20:52
A very good cmposition with the skull filling the foreground and diagonally place,taking our view towards the incredible colors of the desert.
I like it very much
tjanze (5674) 2005-12-05 3:17
Good captured detail in front and fantastic background.
Colours,sharpness,lightning,angle of view ++++.
deud (1920) 2005-12-05 4:40
beautiful image. very good saturated colors! amazing dof. very nice composition.
dolin (15703) 2005-12-05 4:54
Pas une grande différence avec celle-ci http://fr.trekearth.com/gallery/Middle_East/Jordan/photo243508.htm :)
Cela dit....ca reste une superbe photo avec de très belles couleurs et une belle lumière dorée.
Le cadrage vertical lui va très bien et la pdc est tip-top.
J'aime bien cette texture et cette couleur au niveau du sable.
Excellent d'avoir trouvé cette tête...et tu en as tiré une très belle compo.
(je repasse pour le smile)
Albrecht (11281) 2005-12-05 13:33
What a spectacular shot. Great POV and DOF. Beautiful colours. Have seen this before, don't know where, don't know when, but yours is excelent.
Didi (59196) 2005-12-08 17:27
Le Pays de la Soif ! Disait le Capitaine Haddock.
Une bonne présentation de cette composition macabre où l'on apprécie la texture du sable et les couleurs.
Il ne manque plus que la présence des vautours.
Luko (14000) 2005-12-13 18:16
c'est très beau en termes de couleurs et de rendu mais tu as quand même joué avec le feu avec du 1/50!!
ça a une qualité presque perdue, un présence de VRAIE diapo Kodachrome 64... j'aurais pas craché sur un bédouin passant dans le cadre quand même...
pitai (3985) 2005-12-27 8:29
Wow! This shot looks taken from any action movie. Great perspective, colors and definition. The sand looks like a fine carpet given that smooth texture. Great contrast of colors. A good example of what one can achieve with a polarizer. Very well done, Gabriel
P.s. I like more the color version.
Danzi (2461) 2005-12-30 2:52
Absolutely fantastic shot Steven!
A remarkable very impressive shot with well saturated deep coloring. The skelet hard contrasted in the desert that contrast sowell with its warm color to that blue sky. The rocks at the horizont is very nice and the blue sky too.
I enjoy it a lot and thanks for sharing!
jluca (10377) 2006-01-03 18:04
Belle composition, belle lumière, belles couleurs, bref c'est une belle photo !
GSHodg (104) 2006-03-15 9:49
Lots of colour saturation, great composition.
euryan (8440) 2007-09-15 23:11
I was searching through desert photos here on Trekearth and I found this amazing photo, posted before I had even joined. I just have to tell you that this is an awesome photograph. The skull is perfectly composed in the foreground. The lighting is great and so are the intense desert colors. Even the stick in the camel’s mouth is interesting (looks like he is smoking).
difty93 (545) 2007-12-17 7:58
This is a great photo for me and the colours are amazing!!
- Copyright: Steven Le Vourc'h (Curioso) (9271)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-09-21
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon 17-40/4L USM, Digital RAW, Hama Circular Polarizer 77 mm
- Exposure: f/14.0, 1/50 seconds
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- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: 9 DAYS TO DISCOVER JORDAN
- Theme(s): MY BEST OF on TE [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-12-04 12:01
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