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Namibia 2017: firsttimers a bit rushed trip


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xelas

Great finish, Greg!

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Day 3   We woke up at 6 am to be able to depart as soon as the gate was open, which at this time was 6.30. We were first trying to reach Nebrownii, but about 2 km before turning right in its

And that was our tented chalet at Mushara:     When we woke up it was extremely cold. By extremely cold I mean a temperature around 5 degrees Celsius. Shortly after breakfast

Let's continue, then. Once we left the saltworks we proceeded onwards and entered the Namib Naukluft Park. All the time Jaun was feeding us with interesting info on the area and I have to say he'

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garito01

Thanks @xelas and @Peter Connan. But I've not finished yet :P. The report itself might be over, but if you're not fed up yet I will still post a few more pictures in the evening.

 

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OK, here are a couple more, which are representative for part of our journey:

 

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xelas

Beautiful light on lion's photo, great composition from Deadvlei, and some art added ... well done, @garito01!

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Ritsgaai

Stunningly beautiful photos. 

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garito01

@xelas, thanks. If by art you mean this oh-my-gosh-I-do-not-know-what-that-is picture it was something completely random :). Just a shutter buttun unintentionally pressed when walking to the Deadvlei. But it somehow caught my eye when reviewing pictures on my PC. However, when first perusing on camera I was ready to trash it.

 

Thanks for your opinion, @Ritsgaai

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And finally the last batch of bonus pictures:

 

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I hope you will enjoy it.

 

Greg

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Peter Connan

Beautiful!

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xelas

Indeed, beautiful photos, and some new views for me. Thanks a lot, Greg!

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garito01

Once again many thanks for comments @Peter Connan and @xelas! Greatly appreciated.

@xelas, can you tell me what you mean by new views for you? Honestly, in my opinion it verges on impossible to surprise you with anything as afr as Namibia is concerned (and most probably not only).;)

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@garito01

 

New to me are #2, #3, #4 and #5 from your last post. Not like subjects but like angles, approaches, positioning of the subject in the landscape, etc. Your photos are refreshingly different, and of course their IQ is consistently high. BTW have you already started to plan your next trip to Namibia?

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@xelas, I got it now. This is something I am also constantly trying to improve and always strive to get it right in camera. As for the plans - not ready yet, but I keep it in the beack of my head. 

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Hi,


 

Didn't I say a couple of posts ago it was going to be the last batch of bonus pictures? … Yeah, I did. And I'm gonna stick to this – no batch. But I did not say anything about a single picture :). So, this time round this is the last picture I'm going to post.

This is my picture at Mesosaurus, which … I have not managed to take … ?¿? # ? image.png.7ac35e1b6dd66aa76ab59be933cc9a48.png:

 

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cheers

Greg

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Another stunner, @garito01! Speaking of last picture, you have not said that you will not post any more night sky photos ... Milky Way etc ?! If you have one, then do this fellow traveller and (envious) reader a favuor! Please?!

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Thanks, @xelas. I need to be serious and trustworthy; If I sad this was the last picture I need to stand by this. :D

 

I really hoped someone would pick it up and ask why I had said it was MY picture while NOT having taken it. But OK, I feel I should disclose it even not being asked. So, the reason goes back to the story with the tires when prior to this we were spending a golden hour in the quiver tree forest. Already then I had everything regarding this picture envisioned in my head. I found the location with a dolerite rock of a right shape and height and with a quiver tree next to it. In fact I was checking up on the location and the star constellations' position at home a couple of months before departure. I was using the app that is able to visualize the stars and their elevation on a specific day at a specific time. It puts it on top of the map which gives you an AR view. That helped a lot for planning the shot. But I was not going to take it. When we had the second flat tire I was afraid to go back to the forest and risk a disaster. Honestly, I was dead scared. After e bit of hesitation, finally, a common sense told me I should stay where I was and try to find a workaround. And the workaround was to have a startrail shot next to our chalet and then to work on it further in post processing. When most of the lights were off I spent like 2 hours taking those shots. I was staying in our chalet and only was checking from time to time if everything was OK as it was pretty chilly outside. When it finished I just took my gear and went to bed.

As you might have guessed by now this picture is a composite of 2 pictures. And that's the ONLY composite I have made during my trip. Remember, I said earlier I am striving to make it right in camera. But sometimes you just have to resort to some extra measures. While scouting for the right rock and tree I have taken the shot of these in the afternoon and then in post I made a day-to-night conversion of it. I used it as a foreground and dropped the startrails as a background. In my opinion it blended quite nicely. But I would appreciate if any of you fellow travelers/photographers tell me whether this looks natural or not knowing how it was done.

So, that's all there is to it.

 

thanks

Greg

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xelas

No picture of night sky and Milky Way ... yet a great story to finish this trip! And telling us the story, it also leaves us with hope that you will be back to Namibia, so all the preparation of scouting that perfect location will not be in vain :)!

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Yeah, you're teasing me all the time ;). But I do not have to be convinced, I'm already sold on it.

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The_Norwegian

all great stuff, thx for the trip :-) 

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vikramghanekar

@garito01 I don't know how I missed this TR for such a long time.  It's absolutely fantastic with some stunning pictures. 

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