Dune 45, Sossusvlei, Namibia

DECEMBER 2006 – A white 4×4 has been parked next to a tree at the foot of Dune 45 in the Namib Naukluft National Park, better known as The Sossusvlei. Photo © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

The story behind the image

The Namib Naukluft National Park in Namibia consists basically of one loooong and more or less straight road through the giant sand dunes of ‘The Sossusvlei’. Every now and then smaller gravel roads lead the visitor to the parking lots of the respective dunes. The dunes have been conveniently named by the distance (in kilometers) from the park’s main entrance in Sesriem.

This car has been parked next to Dune 45 and I saw it on our way back from the cul-de-sac at 60 kilometers. I shot this image from a distance (at 310 mm focal length), and you may see a slight blur. This was caused by the heat of the noon setting in. Still, I like the image a lot because its lines and colors are clear and minimalistic and show the real size of the dunes.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time06-DEC-2006, 11:00
LocationDune 45, Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure1/800 sec at f/9
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4992 x 3328 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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