Israel Yosef  

Namibia, the famous Dune number 45 by Israel Yosef

October 2019 - Namibia, the famous Dune number 45

October 2019 - Israel Yosef


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In August this year I flew to Namibia with a group of photographers. We reached the famous Dune 45. Some people have decided to climb a dune and I was left to take pictures of the dune and the people who climbed it from afar.

Today I'm sorry I didn't climb either, but I wasn't shot next time :).

I shoot in RAW format and process with Lightroom: basic adjustment, detail, texture, etc. Then I convert to B&W in Lightroom.

Camera settings: Canon EOS 6D. ISO 125, 1/1000s, f/5.6, 142mm, lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

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13 comments posted

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Hello Israel.

I enjoy viewing your image of Dune 45; I have never been there, but it looks like a fantastic adventure!

This location, to me, is an excellent example of light and shadow. I also get a good sense of the scale of this dune from the small size of the people climbing it.

To me, because the dune lacks in great detail, I think eliminating some of the distracting elements will enhance the simplicity and beauty of this location.

In my edited version, I was able to easily remove the cars because, in my opinion, they contrasted with the subject and place; they drew my eye to the bottom of the frame. I also removed the small dune in the back on the right-hand side because the black brought my eye to that location away from the real subject; there was no where for my eyes to go from that edge than off the page. This edit could be a subjective move, but this is how my eyes see it. In your comment about the image you talked about climbing the dune, this is what drew me to removing these elements and leaving those that contributed to "climbing" Dune 45.

I also like that you included the people climbing the dune, but the others that were standing at the base did not seem to contribute to the story, so I removed them.

I think you could continue to adjust the tonality in this image to satisfy your artistic desire.

Thanks for sharing this excellent image and have a great week, my friend!

Best regards,

  Posted: 10/01/2019 08:51:51
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Israel Yosef   Israel Yosef
Hello LuAnn,

Thank you for your comments and your ideas.
Without cars and people, photos became more interesting, fewer distracting objects.
My question now is, how do these people get to this dune?

In my opinion, if you remove the part of the dune from the upper right corner, then there is empty.

I'm very interested to know the opinion of the rest of the members of our wonderful group.

Thanks to everyone in advance.   Posted: 10/01/2019 11:39:15

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
While we wait for others in the group to respond to your photo, let me answer your question about "how do these people get to this dune; since the question stemmed from my critique."

Israel, as I look at your photo, I see people climbing the dune. That is what you said your friends did when they arrived at the dune; they climbed it. I don't think 'how' they came to the dune is as vital as seeing people climbing. They could have walked from a nearby parking lot; the photo may not show an adjoining lot, and that to me is ok. As photographers, we are always looking for ways to eliminate cars and parking lots because frequently they do not contribute to the storyline.

However, you are the artist of this image; you could keep the one car and the person standing next to it at the base of where the climbers started their ascent of Dune 45. These two items could satisfy your need for that angle of the story. But if minimalism is not your intent, Israel, then you could also leave all the people and cars if that was part of your vision.

Concerning my critique of the small dune in the back right side of the frame, to me, it just takes away from the more significant subject--Dune 45; my eye goes to it quickly and once there, there is nothing to take my eye back to Dune 45.

Does this help you understand my humble opinion?

Best regards,
LuAnn   Posted: 10/01/2019 18:36:05
Israel Yosef   Israel Yosef
Hello LuAnn,

I have great respect for your opinion of your vision.
Your arguments are very convincing.
I will definitely try to make changes to the photo according to your recommendations.
Thank you very much.   Posted: 10/02/2019 10:54:22
Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Israel, I've examined your image and gone through LuAnn's suggestions. I agree with LuAnn about eliminating all but one car as well as the small dune on the back right of your image. If you leave the car with the man standing next to it, then I'd also consider eliminating or moving the man climbing the dune just above the car. There needs to be a bit more separation between his feet and the car.

I think dunes make very difficult subjects. You've done well by including the people and (one) car to provide interest and scale. It makes a wonderful B&W image. Well done!
  Posted: 10/02/2019 14:13:13
Israel Yosef   Israel Yosef
Hello LuAnn,
I edited the photo according to your recommendation.
It wasn't easy for me, I'm not a great specialist in Photoshop.
What do you thinking?   Posted: 10/13/2019 09:58:25
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Gary Stiger   Gary Stiger
Hi Israel. I very much like this image, and I'm sure you have many, many more from your Namibian adventure. I think LuAnn and Oliver gave you some excellent suggestions. There are some very nice contrasts and wind patterns in sand dunes - they make for interesting subjects and are always a challenge - nice job on this one. What else do you have from Namibia?   Posted: 10/06/2019 23:06:24
Israel Yosef   Israel Yosef
Hi Gary,
You're right. I have a lot of photos from the Namibian adventure. Sand dunes fascinate with its extraordinary beauty.
I saw elephants and lions in the desert, it is not possible to understand how animals survive in such harsh conditions.
I think that in the future I will publish several photos, I am very interested in the opinion of all of you.
I was so carried away by the deserts that I decided to go to Jordan in December, visit Petra and travel through the famous deserts of Jordan.   Posted: 10/07/2019 10:10:46

Hattie Stamer   Hattie Stamer
I like the composition and the human aspect of the photo. Agree with there are a bit too many cars, I like Oliver's suggestion to leave just 1 car.

I also think you need to get the sky back to white. The grey sky didn't work well with the grey shade of dune. Look at LuAnn's version of the sky.

Nice shot.   Posted: 10/14/2019 15:39:29
Israel Yosef   Israel Yosef
Hi Hattie,
The photo after editing.
Many thanks to our group.   Posted: 10/15/2019 03:03:54
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Hattie Stamer   Hattie Stamer
Very nice   Posted: 10/18/2019 09:52:56

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Israel, I really like your final, edited image. I think it is very well composed with the trees and car balanced by the large dark dune shadow on the left. I also think you're underestimating your Photoshop abilities. You did a great job removing the cars and not leaving any tell-tale signs of the editing. Very nice.   Posted: 10/16/2019 09:31:19

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
I also like your final revised version Israel. All of those cars do not enhance the image. The 1 car with the footprints leading up the dune really tells the story about multiple people climbing. The shadow side of the dune was a great find and well one in conjunction with the gray side and the white sky. Great job.   Posted: 10/17/2019 19:42:22