Sossusvlei, Namibia

DECEMBER 2006 – Late afternoon aerial view across one of the dunes of the Sossusvlei in Namibia. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

The dunes were most certainly the highlight of our sightseeing flight across the Sossusvlei Dunes and along the Atlantic Coast.

This photo shows a view towards south. The late afternoon sun was casting long shadows already. From the air, the dunes looked like a giant beach, and the little dots on the picture are trees, actually. This puts the enormous size of the dunes into perspective.

Of course, I do like the harsh contrasts and the reduced color set. But the long, dark shadows and the clear, yet chaotic, edge of the dunes really are my personal highlight. Very, very nice.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time05-DEC-2006, 18:24
LocationSossusvlei, Namibia
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure1/1000 sec at f/11
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/

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