One of the reason I came here is to take this journey deep into the sand dune, and in this case the journey itself is the highlight, riding on a camel, we could actually walk to the camp faster and more relaxing than riding on the camel. It rained the day before, so the sand was actually still moist and compacted.
Camel Safaris, Almost certainly the reason you came here in the first place, and by far the best way to experience the dunes. You want to buy a proper head scarf to protect you from the sun unless you have a sunhat, you'll be thrown on a camel and lead off into the desert for an overnight stay in a tent. Meals, water, sleeping bag, ect should all be taken care of by your leader, but naturally you'd want to confirm this when you do your negotiations beforehand—be very specific, and ask lots of questions. Unless you book a tour before hand. Yes, there will be sand in your tents, and you will wake up with some sand on you, but that is part of the experience. It is worth it. We only stayed one night out there and we spent one day on our own just walking around the dune close to the town of Merzouga.
The most difficult part of a camel ride is getting on and off the camel. The idea of a camel ride into the sunset is much more romantic than the ride itself. It was not as comfortable up there, especially when the camel is going downhill on the sand dune, you will have to hold on real tight, but you should keep an open mind and get use to the rocking and the uncomfortable sitting position, and really taking it all in, the sweeping view of the mighty sand dune, the warm wind, the sunset. Once you allow yourself to emerge and go with the flow, it is quite romantic as it should be.
Taking pictures while riding on the camel's back is not easy neither, it moves like crazy, swaying from side to side with some up/down motion, and it is almost impossible to have the horizon straight. However, if you can manage it, you will get some pretty amazing POV and perspective from up here.
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emka (82044) 2012-02-20 23:29
I saw many deserts in different parts of the world but not yet the big dunes. I was on camel safari on thar Desert near jaisalmer and it was fantastic experience, specially in the evening. And riding on the camel was fun too! fantastic colours of the dunes reaching the horizon very far. and this Tuareg's blue is here special.
mrichat (1727) 2012-02-20 23:43
i just got addicted to its color warmth.yes!!blue is the SPECIAL here.superb control of light with great sharpness along an adequate dof.i just love that.tfs
Suppiluliuma (3887) 2012-02-20 23:45
The POV is special here, and the blue-dressed guide adds so much charm to this sand universe. The direction of the model towards the sun is a delight too. Vignetting on the sides seem to have created a corridor, giving addtitional 3D aspect.
Frankly, it is a huge pleasure to read people's own comments and experiences on the note section and you did a wonderful job sharing them. Thanks for this privilege of reading your notes as well.
JFS (32459) 2012-02-20 23:45
Fascinating shot, delicious image with a great POV. The contrast of the blue dress with the warms colors is superb. Excellent work Way! As usual.
siudzi (34119) 2012-02-21 0:25
The view you provided us with is absolutely stunning! It looks so unique and moody.
Perfectly taken and executed with extremely good sharpness. You must be a very good rider on the camel's back!:)
Angshu (56292) 2012-02-21 0:38
'Riding into the sunset' takes a different meaning here & a very apt one.
Yes taking pictures from atop a camels is extremely difficult. Love the tones here. You took this shot agaonst the sun & yet the exposure is as perfect as it should be!
Excellent shot...especially the blue dress of the raika stands out in contrast
cycling (98) 2012-02-21 1:03
Very nice photo. i like the colors and soft light. that was a photo not to miss!
lousat (79421) 2012-02-21 1:07
I been there me too in the last year and you have raison,this is one of the best places in the world to take fantastic pics.A magnificent perspective and a fantastic view,super light balance and colors,i like it,it's a great memory for me! Have a nice day and thanks,LUCIANO
yquem46 (38746) 2012-02-21 1:18
What a splendid picture again !
I can't myself from imagining that I was on the back of the very same camel !!
Yes indeed, not an easy game but well worth the risk of falling down
Have a nice day
CLODO (30980) 2012-02-21 2:03
Congratulations for you to get this 3D picture in harsh conditions! Nice color contrast, and good framing, with the skyline HORIZONTAL!
LOOOK13 (19046) 2012-02-21 2:35
Trés trés belle image , d'une trés grande netteté, avec des couleurs parfaites et une grande profondeur.
BennyV (13877) 2012-02-21 3:51
Great pov, from on the back of a camel! Super light too: the sun coming up, yet there is plenty of light on the back of the blue dress too. Terrific.
sacimar (26069) 2012-02-21 4:19
this is a great shot, I like the composition with the sun in the background, the landscape is impressive, I guess the excursion was interesting, well done,
Kielia (23957) 2012-02-21 4:45
I like your idea of this composition! The overall impression of this fascinating place is great. Everything is going very well together, and this image really tells a story. Bravo!
I also enjoyed reading the nice note.
timecapturer (49288) 2012-02-21 5:07
a superb composition with the viewer actually exeperiencing the ride. The quality and DOF here are amazing as is your control of the light. An impressive image and beautifully original presentation. Bravo!
Regards - Brian.
Cricri (109071) 2012-02-21 5:22
Voila qui me rappelle un beau souvenir ou j'ai l'impression d'être a nouveau sur le chameau tout en admirant le désert, j'aime le contraste de la tenue du guide sur le sable chaud, jolie scéne et image
jjcordier (77620) 2012-02-21 6:06
Tu as profité de ta position privilégiée (-)) pour réussir une composition originale avec cet impressionnant désert en toile de fond.
holmertz (42993) 2012-02-21 7:44
You got the horizon straight, or maybe fixed it afterwards, You captured the sun at the right moment before it disappeared, and you still got enough light for a very well exposed view of the endless dunes and the brilliantly clear blue dress of the camel handler.
Bluejeans (64249) 2012-02-21 8:40
Ola Way ,
Brutal esta imagem com o guia em primeiro plano e de fundo o pôr do sol , gostei muito da sua roupa azul , bons detalhes e cores, parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
jemaflor (86946) 2012-02-21 12:20
Lovely result with the head of the camel and also this blue man, great landscape with another interesting detail with the sun, well managed, tfs.
zanzi (13670) 2012-02-21 12:50
This is an original point of view.
The light is awesome and the colors are superb.
Jeppo (17645) 2012-02-21 13:12
your trained eyes would probably have noticed how quick the sand change its colours....here you have a - maybe moisted - quite brown sand that contrasts with the clear blue+white clothes of the berber....
I also like the POV you choose: the eye goes from the camel head up to the man till the horizon line....
PS: I hope to get back to sahara sooner or later...
david_P (512) 2012-02-21 15:33
Hello Way !
Yes back on TE ;) Thanks for your comments on my photos
I love the colors of this one, very good pov, especially took from the camel :) i didn't realize that could be a challenge but I'm sure sure it is reading your notes now :) good time I'm sure !
adores (38927) 2012-02-21 18:02
This one is also very good!you captured just the head of the camel and the man's pose is really nice. The sunset and the colours are excellent. I've never been to the desert just after the rain, but the sand seems very nice here!
ChrisJ (101192) 2012-02-21 22:48
Good to see you posting again! Great warm cold color contrasts here between the blue attire & red sand. Good sharpness & composition. Excellent shadow detail at sundown. Superb color saturation. Tfs!
siolaw (38290) 2012-02-22 0:06
Thanks for taking us along on this sunset camel ride! It feels almost like being there!
The guys body language indicates a tranquil pace and atmosphere.
delpeoples (53877) 2012-02-22 0:58
Hello dear Naughty Young Way
"Look mum, no hands"! Don't tell me you were riding a camel and not hanging on? Brave Way! And what a unique POV and composition you've obtained through doing so. Superb colours and excellent sharpness despite the fact that you were obviously moving quite considerably whilst riding the camel.
shevchenko (18892) 2012-02-22 2:11
Nice to see a shot that made on the back of a camel, very good shot since the walking camel never affect the result of this photo, the blue clothes of the man are harmonious to the color of the sky, while the brown color camel is harmonious to the desert in same color, just very enjoy with this daily life shot and nature view, thanks for sharing.
janneman (2618) 2012-02-22 2:18
The blues and the oranges are a perfect contrast!!
axiotea (21649) 2012-02-22 5:14
You had a steady hand, especially considering the moving conditions ;) yeah, sitting on the camel gave a good vantage point, first on the Tuareg guiding the camel and leading the eye into the vast desert, with at the end the sun set.
patdeph (35748) 2012-02-22 12:02
superb view on the desert,where I love the low light and the colors, particularly the luminous blue of the djellabah that have also a beautiful movement.Magnificent!
mkamionka (31419) 2012-02-22 13:19
I did some camel riding as well but I was kind of skeptical about the possibilities for taking photos. Apparently I was so wrong! This is an amazing work. I admire the perfectly adjusted colors with a contrast between the warm earth and cold sky. The Bedouin in his colorful clothes add another point of interest here.
bebbetto (12) 2012-02-22 14:14
Fantastic photo. Fascinating atmosphere.
The shooting position offers a beautiful vision.
Super-extra quality: clean and sharp. The colors are superb.
bergese (6699) 2012-02-23 2:16
Difficile de choisir dans ta galerie car tout est bon et beau.
Celle-ci a une couleur et une netteté splendides.Belle perspective sur les dunes et le coucher de soleil.
bayno (18344) 2012-02-24 1:28
is not easy to choose a picture to comment in your gallery are all of incredible beauty. This sounds like you have taken from the top of the camel, and the effect is beautiful, the shot is perfect with the line of the horizon perfectly set, the beautiful blue dress typical of the Tuareg, which contrasts well with the color of sand, the light is beautiful, a masterpiece shot, my best regards,
nikkitta (15464) 2012-02-25 19:52
I have been at the Thar desert in India, also Egypt, Goby in China and Marrakesh , always drove camels ( as in my profile photo) but never read a so perfect description of the way it is and also the very difficult to take pictures from up there is
Anyway you manage to take a great capture, with a great POV and stunning colors
Greetings and TFS
Noel_Byrne (25962) 2012-02-26 6:07
Again, such beautiful colour contrast, and the inclusion of the person is excellent. I particularly like the way they seem to be looking towards the sun.
chawax (19544) 2012-02-27 11:26
Excellent POV, we can feel riding the camel ! Very nice light and colours.
Sonata11 (33378) 2012-02-27 18:10
Wow !!! Awesome capture. Fantastic composition of this beautiful picturesque photo with great framework. Colors, sharpness, clarity, POV and DOF are fantastic. Beautiful and fabulous and easthetic photo. Well done. I like it. Awesome work. Thanks for sharing
All the best,
jmdias (57219) 2012-02-28 1:43
and then this is the view from the ones are the first position. haha. I was the 5th or something like this..
very nice detail of the dromedary neck, the guide and the sun in the far background. contrast between the blue and the golden is fabulous here. very nice job.
Atousa (7131) 2012-02-29 6:52
A nice title for this beautiful shot.. great composition , colors n management of light in such a difficult condition.. the colors of man's clothes really suit the photo.. excellent!.. tfs
Best regards, Atousa
m00n (2259) 2012-02-29 10:16
amazing picture ...
what can I say...
maxifred (0) 2012-03-03 23:10
Camel crossing 4 runner tire tracks...Added to the perfect sharpness of L series... very nice result.
rabdelnoor (3421) 2012-03-09 16:17
Hi Way. Really a powerfull composition and an excellent POV and the light is just superb. Great one.
abmdsudi (44930) 2012-03-09 23:44
A great shot that shows off your skill and creativity well. I particulary like that shadow reflected in soft shades of sunset dunes. Watching the sun rise or set over the sand dunes may be the most spectacular experience you have here. Nice contrsting colors, simplicity and great use of space with superb lead in. The inclusion of the walker and the dipping sun make it so special. Wonderful image. Congrats
macjake (58270) 2012-03-26 20:20
first of all, wonderful note you have written below.
This is a trip that i've wanted to do...infact, i showed your photo and note to my girlfriend sitting beside me and she wants to go :)
you're lucky the man infront has a contrasting bright blue attire, its great!
thanks for this visually interesting post on TE
Turkoglu (0) 2012-04-05 17:14
Derinliği ,Renkleri, netliği, bakış açısı ve güzelliği ile başarılı bir çekim.tebrikler
berek (40707) 2012-04-08 10:40
Simple, brilliant, creative photography. words do not need another. congratulations. Greetings from Istanbul.
faubry (35405) 2012-04-09 15:40
Wonderful composition , well composed with decentred silhouette, superb a-warm colors
danos (88557) 2012-05-04 1:43
Fascinating the snapshot with the blue wearing of the camel driver to contrast perfect with the warm and red colour tints of the sand to make the scene so effective and unique.
I like he's excellent placement in the frame, as recall my memories from these dunes of Merzouga five years ago.
lilito (3494) 2012-07-07 8:01
Excellente image, toute tournée vers l'avenir, avec même de l'optimisme!
fabbs99 (16783) 2012-09-15 12:35
Fabulous image from the desert.Excellent composition with some lovely colors coupled with nice light management and presentation in the lowlights.The sun looks awesome at the back.Excellent shot to be remembered for days.TFS.
Keep sharing and exchanging views.
Best wishes and warm regards
Didi (57836) 2013-12-25 10:57
Wonderfull scene with interesting perspective
Nice view on the far horizon