The Shade Seeker

Posted by Morkel Erasmus on Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:52 am

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A lone gemsbok (oryx) seeks shelter against the sweltering sun mid-morning in the shade of a camelthorn tree, taken in the Namib desert near Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei.

Nikon D800
Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 @ 55mm
f8.0  |  1/640 SS  |  ISO-400
Circular Polariser used
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by david fletcher on Tue Jan 29, 2019 1:35 pm
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Iconic scene Morkel. Good to see your here
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by John Spreitzer on Tue Jan 29, 2019 6:20 pm
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Nice animalscape, showing off those amazing dunes! Good idea to add the polarizer for the harsh light of the midday hours.

by Carol Clarke on Tue Jan 29, 2019 6:34 pm
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My only slight observation is that dead branch that rises up over the rump and back of the gemsbok, it catches my eye each time I look at the sheltering animal. A shame, as I love the image and the story it tells of the survival techniques of the creatures that live in this harsh environment, Morkel. Great composition and beautifully done with the wider view.

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by Cynthia Crawford on Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:24 am
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Really nice story-telling image-I can almost feel the heat in those desert sands. Makes me wonder how these animals survive in such a hostile climate. Well done!
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by Marc on Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:45 am
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Love the framing here with wonderful contrasting sky and desert colours, with just enough shadow detail, nicely seen mate.


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