I always wanted to see the dunes and I had the chance when we stopped for the night at Erfoud. The dunes trip was an optional treat. Of course when we got there, a little later than other groups of tourists, the dunes were scarred with footprints and punctuated along the ridges by dozens of tourists. It was hard to take a shot which payed homage to such beauty, especially as the sun descended over the horizon.
I turned towards our drop off point and far to my right I saw this man apparently heading to the Bedouin type of camp, or should I say Tuareg. The blue men of the desert are no longer blue, wearing as they do the cheap imported cloth rather than the natural dyed ones which tinted their skin blue.
All in all, despite the numerous visitors, one still gets the impression of what dunes are all about. Thank goodness the place did subdue the urge to yell and fool around- it was a silence generated by deep respect of such natural wonder.
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saxo042 (37792) 2013-08-06 21:22
The low light from the sun really enhances the landscape and all details of the sandy surfaces. A marvellous view with a very good inclusion of a person and some buildings. Beautiful!
KristinsCamera (2373) 2013-08-06 21:26
Stunning lighting, Klaudio ~ caramels, apricots, peaches ~ all food colors, appropriately so, for this photograph is just delicious.
And also mysterious. I don't mind that there are lines of footprints... made by whom? and where are they going to? who knows?! i am enjoying the mystery :)
The one solitary figures adds a good contrast and focal point, I want to stay with this photograph until he gets to wherever he is going...
A truly beautiful shot ~ thank you.
HimalAnda (10591) 2013-08-06 23:11
I like the golden like of this picture and this guy walking toward the tents.
A nice picture, congratulations.
Bartleby (13552) 2013-08-07 1:09
gorgeous light here. I wish the man was a little more on the thirds though but still, no big deal. Did you try other points of view for this one?
papon (1487) 2013-08-07 1:36
Lovely view...you have captured very wide region here..good color and composition..the man added life in the picture .well done
subhendu_bagchi (26085) 2013-08-07 2:02
what a light. Like the effect of the setting sun on the dunes. The footsteps on sand are looking superb. Love the colours, the figures in middlle and those tents at back. Great composition, nicelly balanced. Tfs.
Urs (14082) 2013-08-07 2:16
There is not everywhere plastic laying around, but it is there. Malaysia and Thailand are asking consumers to not use plastic bags when shopping. On certain days you have to pay for each bag you use.
Deserts are fascinating me. I like them to explore because there can be life....
sandpiper (6788) 2013-08-07 3:15
A fine composition of this desert scene. I always like desert scenes, something primal about them.
SNOOP_Chan (4363) 2013-08-07 3:20
Hello Klaudio, very nice image here. I just love the smooth colors in your composition. The human gives us a sense of scale. Good take.
wolf38 (31286) 2013-08-07 4:46
Hello Claudio. Your beautiful photo bring back old memories for me. The photographed scene is wonderful. Above all colors, contrasts and light are perfectly represented. Overall a masterful shot. Informative text.
sabermonajati (11063) 2013-08-07 5:35
amazing pay sage from desert with excellent composition you captured.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-08-07 6:32
fascinating light in this beautiful image. I love the warm tones and shadows but it is the subtle undulations and solitary figure that makes it so special for me. Wonderful!
serp2000 (43110) 2013-08-07 6:42
My congratulations, Klaudio,This is one of the most interesting photos today here.
marvelous color of the desert,
superb sharpness... we can see the waves on the sand. TFS!
rychem (32321) 2013-08-07 8:12
Excellent shot, beautiful warm light, nice play of light and shadows, great composition
Leksand (880) 2013-08-07 18:30
This photo is so stunning, I love the composition and the great depth. Moreover the light and colors are delicious.The walking man is perfectly placed in the image. Very good work!
pajaran (58009) 2013-08-07 23:58
Dobar tekst sa datim podacima ...
Lep pogled na pustinju i naselje.
Dobra kompozicija i perspektiva, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak.
Surova priroda a ipak lepa.
dkmurphys (55955) 2013-08-08 0:18
Lovely desert scene. What a moment there with all those shadows of the dunes and the presence of the man...Great shot.
kasianowak (8219) 2013-08-08 0:43
At last, a photo of the desert! :) I like the way the evening light sculptures the surface and several lines of footprints seem to lead towards the cluster of houses (although I'm sure they don't, as you mention in the note they are signs left by numerous tourists). Very eye-pleasing composition and colours and the lonely figure adds scale.
bartekp (4746) 2013-08-08 2:58
Very good composition and those colors.
Have a nice day
agjika (3616) 2013-08-08 11:18
Another fantastic shot. The desert is so photogenic. Love the light and the placement of the man. Great mood.
emka (91544) 2013-08-08 17:44
What you say, the Tuaregs no longer wear their blue cloth?? They should do, at least for turists. Fantastic colours. Not such view like your next one, but still very nice. I saw many deserts on five continents :) but usually without dunes. Stunning light.
have you also slept on the desert?
jmdias (61390) 2013-08-19 2:46
the place looks like the start point of my journey to sleep in the dunes, but not exactly the same. despite the not comfortable ride in the dromedaries and the hard night in the hard sand, it was a marvelous experience. the light is perfect here too and nice inclusion of the personage. good details to enjoy.
halikarnas (7370) 2013-09-07 11:39
Mükemmel bir ışık.
Kumun ve havanın sıcaklığını fotoğraf veriyor.
İnsan her yerde butlu olabiliyor galiba!
ikeharel (67291) 2013-12-24 2:27
Fantastic desert scenery, Klaudio, golden afternoion light notable and well collected.
Looks as a green oasis on left, and long view to the endless dunes is marvelous.
Foot-steps on the smooth sand also a beautiful object on the nice photo.
Superbly taken, long shadows added special ambiance on.
My best holidays greetings,
sayeed_rahman (6370) 2014-09-14 3:14
I completely agree with you, the blue robe is being replaced with sweatshirts and trousers. At least the guides should be a part of it. When its not about the photography one just needs to sit and absorb all the little pleasures of desert life. you want things to be in the right place, you want to see the blue turban..
How was your night at the tents, the oasis or did your guide find a high dune below which you had spent the night ?