This shot was taken on a recent trip to Sossusvlei. Here you can see the seasonal grasses which spring up after the rain and a lifeless acacia tree. I liked the way the branches seemed to reach out towards me.
The name acacia is derived from a Greek word meaning thorn or spike, so it aptly describes these trees in Africa.
(Sorry I posted the incorrect file - Pls see WS)
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JFS (32129) 2012-04-29 9:10
Your shot seems of another planet! The scenery is so odd and spectacular! I love the shadows, the colors the sharpness....A great work, as usual. Thanks for sharing!
yquem46 (32263) 2012-04-29 9:26
A nice landscape so typical of the dunes in Namibia, even if I've never seen them with my own eyes
At the threshold of color saturation for my personal taste
I like the light taken in the yellow bushes at FG
A very good one
Have a nice sunday evening
jjcordier (62328) 2012-04-29 9:36
J'aime ta composition avec le parti pris de centrer le tronc de l'arbre. Une netteté impressionnante du premier à l'arrière plan, une belle lumière et des couleurs très saturées (un tout petit peu trop....pour mon goût!). Un endroit magique.
corjan3 (1879) 2012-04-29 9:38
I have been sitting here "judging" (look who is talking) this fabulous image for quite some time. You show how breaking a "rule" can be very justified by the placing of the dead acacia tree in the middle which works very well, probably also because of the good positioning of the second one in the left MG. With the short focal length combined with the horizon and the position of the clouds, you have a slight fish-eye effect here which is very pleasing as are the great DOF and the wonderful colours. And I want to show this to some sceptics who doubted that the desert sand can be so red. Another gem from the eye of an artist.
bartekp (4200) 2012-04-29 10:24
Great shot. Superb composition, amaizing colors and very clear view.
Have a nice evening
Royaldevon (17791) 2012-04-29 10:59
This is very 'striking', whether it be the posted shot or the w/s, they each carry the drama of positioning, of environment and of colour. Yes, the w/s is the better of the two but that shows how very good that one is, as this is still attractive.
The tree, though very central, because of its outstetched, almost symmetrical branches and the well positioned, second tree, works perfectly. You have a wonderful light and excellent dof.
My warm regards,
npecanhuk (53901) 2012-04-29 11:31
Special regards to the colors, management of light and composition!
TFS - congrats,
COSTANTINO (42746) 2012-04-29 11:34
this shot is spectacular and dynamic
shot with great sharpness and lightness
strong scenery with the tree in the
middle and its branches trying
to touch the sky
have a nice new week
ybx (251) 2012-04-29 12:46
wonderful and rare scenario, spectacular contrast of light and colours.
The sand has an incredible colour (oxyde?) and in couple with the grass bushes, form a very pleasant chromatisms. The blue of the sky and clouds are fantastic!
The pov, composition and all other params are perfect.
The workshop is more pleasant that previous original, very well done!
Warm regards & ciao
mauro61 (52527) 2012-04-29 12:48
gli splendidi colori di questo paese ottimamente riportati nel tuo scatto con una grande inquadratura.
Brava nel gestire la luce e nel rendere di una bellezza unica la tua foto,
Janusz1974 (2275) 2012-04-29 13:06
The trees look like they are in complete symphony.
Beautiful desert colors and wonderful composition.
tyro (13073) 2012-04-29 14:19
By posting your workshop file too, you have given us two beautiful photographs for the price of one!
It was obviously intended by you that the workshop picture should be the definitive one and the lighting in that is no doubt nearer to the truth than this yet both are wonderfully striking pictures.
The colours are vibrant and well saturated but having learned from you about Namibian skies and sand dunes, I suspect they are not oversaturated at all.
The composition is superb and the branches of the stark acacia tree do indeed stretch out as if either to attack or embrace you - I'm not sure which!
Lovely strong contrasts and, as always, impeccable sharpness.
vapours (8258) 2012-04-29 16:24
Really nice scenic shot Rosemary, the orange sand just blends in perfectly with the nicely polarised sky...and that tree just adds some great depth up in the foreground.
prasun984 (5590) 2012-04-29 22:52
Fantastic landscape with brilliant details.Very nice sharpness and ligthning.Very nice POV.TFS
Have a nice day,
timecapturer (30324) 2012-04-30 3:05
another stunning shot! The composition is inspired as is the overall effect of the colours and light. It is a flawless execution with such immaculate attention to detail and superb light management. The result an atmospheric and delicious image. Awesome! I love it big time!
Have a great week - Brian.
ifege (9430) 2012-04-30 4:25
Ah!!! One of your best Rosemary. Superb use of the silhouette and fabulous colur in both the foreground and background. Love it!
chrisvek (5453) 2012-04-30 6:01
Wow.Amazing landscape.Great clarity and saturation.Ideal lightning and perfect bakground.Superb result.TFS
Have a nice week
patdeph (35738) 2012-04-30 8:53
Wooow, the strong colors are splendid,emphsasized by a wonderful warm light.I love this tree and the way it's spreading its branches on the whole width of the photo, and there is an incredible sensation of relief on the grasses of the foreground.Excellent!
bayno (16195) 2012-04-30 11:17
what about? I am constantly fascinated by your photos of Namibia, the landscapes and the colors are very unique, top quality work...
Yiannis84 (2824) 2012-04-30 13:41
Wow!!! for sure your shot had a very strong feeling..excellent colors and light! i really like the tree and the brunches in the frame in this position..clairyt & sharpness are splendid as usual we found in your gallery..very well done
vrabieionut (2189) 2012-04-30 22:41
Great picture for a great place. Colour and sharpness are very good. Trees gives a good perspective.
emka (58140) 2012-04-30 23:44
Hi Rosemary, Indeed, the WS photo looks brighter. Amazing landscape in Sossusvlei. What strong contrasting colours here. Creative composition with the dark branches against blue sky and red dunes. The addition of grasses makes this shot special.
I am looking forward to seeing this. But I must wait spome months still..
joudit (175) 2012-05-01 2:39
this picture is really fascinating.
I like the tree in the middle of the photo, it draws our attention to the blue sky but the grasses around it empasize also how beautiful a desert can be after the rain. The composition is perfect, the colors are very lively.
Glint (5573) 2012-05-01 3:59
I absolutely love this! Your low pov is just right to give us a sense of you being there (almost) under the acacia tree. I like that this breaks the composition rule of thirds by the central placing of the tree and its spreading branches.It is as if the tree is generously inviting us to admire and enjoy such a stunning landscape.I like the saturated colours here as they make me think of illustrations in children's books. What child could fail to be fascinated by such a picture?
Noel_Byrne (7352) 2012-05-01 11:01
This image really leaps out, that tree is reaching well out of the shot at the viewer. Beautiful contrast of red and blue, i love everything about this.
PecoBud (3778) 2012-05-01 13:43
Hi Rosemary, thank you for you instructions on my last post. It gives me direction and focus when given good information. I wish at the time I even knew what RAW format was, and I'm still learning about everything.
I love this photo, so crisp and clear, with superb and stunning colors and your light control is excellent. I am marking this now as my favorite. Great Job Rosemary!!
TFS...........Your Friend from California...........Buddy
eldancer1 (17036) 2012-05-02 9:30
Wow! Beautiful composition! The color of the sand is amazing, I just got back from the Coral Pink Sand Dunes in Utah and the sand there looks like this. I like the use of the tree to break up the scene. Good dof with sharp details. Wonderful colors with awesome saturation. Very well done, tfs.
jimkil (1664) 2012-05-03 13:29
Just wonderful, using the top of the tree to cut a V into the composition shows great eye, strong colours which are bold and dynamic to the scene, I prefer this to the ws, just because the darker get more impact.
Your very good photographer, keep on going ;-)
Cricri (86431) 2012-05-04 0:04
Beauté du paysage et de ces couleurs incroyable et grand dans le contraste, un plus avec le sol plus lumineux sur celle en WS, une faute de post pardonner, car cette image va dans mes favoris
notrap (4688) 2012-05-06 11:49
this is the one I like most out of your photos I have seen so far. This one and not the workshop!
adores (28210) 2012-05-07 16:35
I like it! I guess the saturated colours work very well here! The photo is just great and the place looks magical.
The tree is impressive in this desert and you have done a good job.
jmdias (45790) 2012-06-03 9:57
the colors of this image are amazing by themselves but the inclusion of the nude tree created a precious graphism. marvelous image, full of beauty, color and poetry. TFS.
- Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) (18722)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-04-12
- Categories: Nature
- Exposure: f/20.0, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Namibian Landscapes 2, Your Favorites [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-04-29 9:06
- Favorites: 3 [view]