Deadvlei (dead marsh) is part of one of the oldest deserts in the world, the Namib-Rand desert in Namibia.
The clay pan was formed after rainfall, when the Tsauchab river flooded, creating temporary shallow pools where the abundance of water allowed camel thorn trees to grow. When the climate changed, drought hit the area, and sand dunes encroached on the pan, which blocked the river from the area (have a look at the satellite map).
The tree dies, as there no longer was enough water to survive. The remaining skeletons of the trees, which are believed to have died 600-700 years ago, are now black because of the intense sun has scorched them. Though not petrified, the wood does not decompose because it is so dry.
A nice break from the ToM Wet, Wet, Wet! ;-)
Another shot taken at the very same area, but under very different circumstances is here.
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You've researched the right POV to fill completly the frame and waited for the sun to be just over the sand dunes to reveal the hexagonal cracked mud surface. The low sun gives shadows on the dunes and so the impression of the third dimension. The yellow-orange hues of the earth contrast with the cloudless blue sky.
PB-Photography (2016/01/26 20:42:39): Next time I visit this place it will be in the dead heat of Summer. That is when the clouds and rain are there. My first visit was in the middle of the dry season to maximize the wildlife experience.
Good title, it is true we could imagine to look at dry ballet dancers (with perhaps more arms than usual).
Very good rendering of the textures: both the ground and the bark. With the warm color balance, it is making the interest of the view.
The only thing perhaps to still work on, is about the rendering of the gradient in the sky. Of course, a matter of taste, but I feel you can make it more strong. You should ask a dedicated workshop to Henk: curves in the sky, fusion layer, a touch of saturation and it's done. After I can not anticipate how many beers he will charge you.
PB-Photography (2016/01/27 16:50:44): Yes, it is.sevy (2016/01/27 07:32:32): Is this shot part of your 'Tree' exhibition ?PB-Photography (2016/01/26 20:41:24): As you said ... it is a matter of taste ;-)
I did it stronger and opted to have a rather soft gradient as there was still a lot of light in the landscape. The air at Sossusvlei is VERY dry (as you know from your own visit) and there were no particles in the air to saturate it with color. The RAW file did not have any color in the horizon. It was a completely washed out blue/white and nothing else. All the colors you see there are a result of my artistic interpretation and my magic wand called Lightroom.
There's that magical low-level side-light again! Your trademark vertical composition was definitely the best choice and I cannot "see" it any other way. Your framing is excellent, ensuring the trees lead the eye one to the other without overlap. Love the golden sand dune in the background too!
Another really wonderful shot from this very famous place that I wish to see for myself one day in the far future. The timing is really good to capture that golden tone and in this case the main focus are these trees on the dried lake bed, the sand dune as backdrop still very impressive even not as the main focus.
This shot just sucked up all the wetness from our theme of wet :)
Impressive shot, I live the fancy letter "L" of the foreground tree.
A very interesting climatic and geographic situation. Furthermore, as a species if we don't heed the hints given by the climate we may see more of this sooner than later. I do like the warm morning or is it afternoon light and the long shadows. As your title suggests they do look like ballet dances on a minimalist stage. Beautiful!
Auf den vielen Bilden die ich von diesem einzigartigen Platz gesehen habe sind die Baumstämme schwarz.
Tolle Kompo, mit der vertrockneten Erde und der Düne im Hintergrund, und geniales Licht.
PB-Photography (2016/01/26 20:44:25): Schwarz oder braun ... hängt je davon ab wie das Licht einfällt.
En plus de nous présenter un paysage superbe sous une lumière parfaite avec des ombres qui balayent l'image, le cadrage est absolument magique.
Ce ciel d'un bleu si pur est également un régal et renforce ainsi parfaitement cette impression de désert & de solitude.
Ein exquisites Bild der fünf "Grazien". Toll der Lead-in mit dem Schwung der Wurzel im Vordergrund. Weiss nicht, aber ich meinte ich habe es noch nie so gesehen. Spannend auch wie die totgeglaubten Stämme so zu leben beginnen, es bekommt eine andere Dimension, irgendwie, quasi "die Wüste lebt" oder so. Absolut, jeder hat sein eigenes PP, hier kriegt das Bild neben der Kompo die ur-eigene Handschrift. Immer wieder spannend, wenn man den Fotografen erkennt auch ohne Namen darunter. Dazu gehört auch die Farbwahl. It's a PB.
Dry, dry, dry and beautiful !. Outra beleza de imagem você nos traz aqui nesta composição primorosa. A definição destes padrões e a nitidez dos caules, banhadas pela luz dourada com seu ápice nas dunas faz desta uma imagem icônica deste deserto. Boa escolha do formato vertical para enfatizar as árvores mortas e a beleza desta transição de cores que permeia a imagem. Arte natural a céu aberto.
Indeed I am not active on PF, I am retired but not much time for more sites.µ
Your pictures are always of great quality, nice with depth and perspective.
The dry grounds is spectacular but shows us area on a very well way.
I like this photowork lovely.
Have a nice weekend, TFS.
One of the basic principles of photography is to research the place and photograph around and analize the result to check if it looks nice, surely you did your "homework" to achieve this framing of the trees which fills up so nicely the photo.
Once again the light is tremendous as the play of colors with contrasts of cool and warm tones.
What a fab capture from this incredible photogen desert.
Who can see photos of this place without wanting to be there - to have the chance for such fine works - but this far away place will for many remain a dream.
A well disposed work and a pleasure for the eye. TFS
From one desert to the next, you really are Pete, King of The Desert!
Namibia looks like a photographer's dream and of course you have brought out its very best here and in your previous shot. The cracked earth, the golden sand and relentless blue skies have been captured superbly and really echo the timelessness and untouched beauty of this mysterious land.