During my first visit to Deadvlei in 2013 I used all my battery for one single night shot. There was nothing left but experiencing sunrise without a functional camera. Reason enough to return to this place 4 years later. This time with enough juice to photograph sunrise and with some additional ideas what to do. Everything was set and ready to go when at the best moment of light an unplanned situation got into my frame. A German female tourist all in white had to share the moment with me. She did it with such an elegance and grace that I allowed her to stay in the frame. I have the very same image taken seconds before - 'sans' lady in white. I debated a long time with myself which image deserves the public eye and at the end the lady in white won the contest ;-)
I never spoke with her. I do not know her name. I did not chase her down. There were more important things to be done at Deadvlei with such killer light.
There look like the color of the sky out in Orange County in CA right now, there is a fire in Anaheim Hill :(
Anyway, beautiful shot as always, the person in the picture in the distance really add so much to the composition and I think you have chosen the right one. I'm being knit picky, Ideally I would have like the large tree trunk to not be so center in the composition.
Just as you say Peter, amazing light. I have seen many images from the deadvlei so the setting is familiar to me. I think your lady white adds to your image not only to make it different but she also gives the entire scene scale. The formation of the trees against the dunes is beautiful, the trees dance.
This is what I love so much about "street photography", you never know what comes next, you can't do it twice, the moment is gone so quickly. You definitely got her just perfectly, even the hat is in the right spot a little behind her to leave space and we can see it. Not sure how it would be without the lady but I find it makes the image unique, something special is happening here. It adds the right something to it. Her white oufit makes it even more special looking, somehow she looks like a temporary visitor on our planet coming from another world. Fantastic image, Peter, magnicifant light situation also.
I've only ever seen this place in images but it looks other-worldly. It's difficult to imagine that is a huge sand dune in the background, kind of in the place we would expect to see the sky. What better colour can there be than orange to pick up sunrise/sunset light. I like that you included the lady. As well as the extra element and usefulness for scale, you have a very different photo from thousands of others from the same place.
Unlike Way I like the biggest tree in the centre. In this case the arrangement of the trees is almost symmetrical, making a central composition acceptable .....neigh obligatory!
I saw this place in many photographs, it is famous as tulipans in Nederland, or MT Fuji....! But this one I like more for the little lady passing there : it is not only a perfect ly done picture, there is also something more, a "punctum" would say Roland Barthes. It seems a stage of a theater!
Pensei que o mundo estava de cabeça prá baixo (hehe..). Excelente o ponto de vista aqui. Composição intrigante, original e bela. A mulher foi um bônus e tanto ( e com charme ! ). Linda e muito bem feita foto.
wow! This is so surrealistic. The sky is sand, the trees are dead. One of them is doing a funky bend. There is a woman, dressed like she's ready to go to a club, swinging her hat. And it looks like she's walking along on a spotlight. My mind is puzzled. Seriously, my mind is trying to make sense of this. Awesome image. Exceptional.
Just one question... if you never spoke to her, don't know her name, didn't chase her down... how do you know that she was German? Asking for a friend. :D
PB-Photography (2017/11/04 21:49:06): The answer to our question is rather boring ;-)
To get to Deadvlei at the right time you need to leave the lodge as soon as you are allowed to drive to Sossusvlei. Many people are waiting on their toes each morning to get going as it is a 60 km drive. All these people arriv more or less at the same time at the parking lot and trailhead to rush towards Deadvlei. The occupants of the car besides us were Germans. I overheard them at the time we were getting out of the car. The lady in white was part of that group.