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, it is the largest conservation area in Africa, and fourth largest in the world.
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.
'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.
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 sharpness, saturation and contrast + axis correction.
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jjcordier (77890) 2012-04-05 22:59
Jolie utilisation de la crête de la dune en diagonale pour séparer l'image en deux parties très différentes. Une bonne photo, au graphisme attractif, de cette impressionnante dune.
emka (82758) 2012-04-05 23:07
Wonderful shot from Sossusvlei. I like the play of shadows and light and this lonely tree. Impressive view. Warm regrads
rbassin (19201) 2012-04-06 0:29
Une très belle composition, avec un cadrage très bien fait, débouchant sur une image graphique; les zones d'ombre et de lumière sont très bien exploitées.
Zengi001 (2589) 2012-04-06 3:08
Karanlık ve ışıklı bölgeleriyle katman katman farklı bir diyagonal kompozisyon olmuş.
Göze kesinlikle hoş gözüküyor, tebrikler,
timecapturer (49288) 2012-04-06 3:29
a stunning observation and simple effective image. The lines and light are so powerful in making this a highly original and compelling image. Excellent work!
Have a great weekend - Brian.
cagla (4182) 2012-04-06 4:39
Aa, süper.. Çok hoş, çok estetik bir kompozisyon olmuş. Soldaki ağaç da ölçekle ilgili bir fikir veriyor. Elinize sağlık.
Jeppo (17645) 2012-04-06 5:00
I like the crop you choose to emphasize the graphic effect of the dunes. the dead tree adds a sense of dimension....
brianmcc (6187) 2012-04-06 13:11
this is a great composition. very abstract and artful. the lines are very creative with the light and shade producing an intreging composition. the little tree is a wonderful addition to complete the scene.
Turkoglu (0) 2012-04-06 16:52
hem teknik yönlrile hem güzellik olarak beğendim.tebrikler ve selanlar
jhm (142085) 2012-04-07 0:45
Lovely experimental picture with the different lines and splendid colors.
Also you create depth and perspective with these lovely picture.
Very well done, TFS.
GFSSD-1 (3735) 2012-04-15 14:32
Keşke şöyle olsaydı diyemeyeceğim orijinal bir kesimde iyi bir çöl resmi. Çölün karanlık yüzü ile kuru ağaç öldürücü etkiyi hissettiriyor.
selam ve iyi dilekler
SnapRJW (31623) 2012-04-15 23:52
Hello Erdem - I like the fact that you have framed the shot in such a way as to concentrate on the shapes and textural qualities of the dunes. The shot becomes almost abstract. Very good tonal variations across the dunes too! Warm regards rosemary
jmdias (57615) 2012-04-24 7:24
looks like a graphic painting with shapes and curves but the tree at side let us to see how big is the dune and the view gets another meaning. nice job.
- Copyright: Erdem Kutukoglu (Suppiluliuma) (3887)
- 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/11, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Sand dunes of Sossusvlei [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-04-05 21:38