Dune 45, Sossusvlei, Namibia

DECEMBER 2006 – At Namibia’s Sossusvlei National Park, Dune 45 is illuminated by the early morning sun, throwing harsh shadows across its western facing side. Photo Copyright © by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

The story behind the image

Our two-week trip to Namibia approached another highlight: The Namib-Naukluft-Park (or short “The Sossusvlei”) is a desert and home to many giant sand dunes. We stayed in Sesriem, just outside the main entrance, and got up early in the morning to avoid the heat during the day. We also wanted to capture the long shadows of the rising sun to compose the best photos of the sand dunes.

This photo of Dune 45 – situated about 45 kilometers from the main entrance – has a 7:45 am timestamp, and I think it is fantastic. The majestic dune dwarfes the trees that underline the sheer size of the dune. And the dominating orange-red color of the dune contrasts well with the dark shadows. Can it get any better?

Capture Date & Time07-DEC-2006, 07:45
LocationDune 45, Namib-Naukluft-Park, Namibia
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM
Exposure1/400 sec at f/16
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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