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Namibia Photography Safari

Post 2 – The Namib Desert, a closer look

The Namib Desert, which stretches along the coast of Angola, Namibia, and northern South Africa may be the oldest desert in the world – having endured drought conditions for 55-80 million years!

Namib Desert © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Its sand dunes, which rise up to 300 meters, are the highest in Africa and second highest in the world!

Namib Desert © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

The Namib Desert, because of its antiquity, may host more endemic species than any other desert in the world!

Namib Desert © 2014 Bob Harvey

Namib Desert
© 2014 Bob Harvey

The beauty and expanse can best be appreciated from the air.  From our hot air balloon, the desert seemed to go on forever and many shapes, geologic features, and life forms came into play.  Photography was inspired by shapes and colors, but the magnificence of the place was breathtaking.

Namib Desert © 2014 Bob Harvey

Namib Desert
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Namib Desert © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

At sunrise, the haze made detailed photography impossible, but the layers of haze backlit by the rising sun offered us moody and dramatic photography.  The balloon moves with the air, so you don’t have a sensation of movement. It is very stable. We used shutter speeds between 250 and 400 while flying, which enabled us to use smaller apertures – depth of field was important.

Namib Desert © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Abstract designs were everywhere, it was just a matter of selecting your design.

Namib Desert © 2014 Bob Harvey

Namib Desert
© 2014 Bob Harvey

And sometimes we fly right over something that our eyes would never see from the ground!

Vulture in nest, Namib Desert © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Vulture in nest, Namib Desert
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Photographing dunes takes a lot of thought, patience and the right conditions.  Sometimes we were in the right place but the light was soft.  Most of the time, dunes sing the loudest when the light is intense, and light and shadow bring out the sculpting of the dune shapes. We hiked into the zone of ghost trees, Deadvlei, but clouds covered the sky.  We studied the movement of the clouds, had our compositions lined up (we practiced while we waited) and when the beams of sunlight came out from the clouds, we worked the scene hard.

Namib Desert © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert © 2014 Bob Harvey

Namib Desert
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Namib Desert © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert © 2014 Bob Harvey

Namib Desert
© 2014 Bob Harvey

As we continued exploring the dunes, we chased light, fog, and compositions of trees and dunes.

Namib Desert © 2014 Bob Harvey

Namib Desert
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Namib Desert © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

We would like you to join us in 2016 when we go back to these dunes.   Click on the calendar link to the right if you would like more information.

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Turkey Photography Adventure

Balloons over Cappadocia

Early morning hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia© 2013 Bob Harvey

Early morning hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia
© 2013 Bob Harvey

We’ve seen the fairy chimneys from the ground and from ridges.  We’ve photographed the entrances to the “cave” structures from the inside and out.  We’ve played with the soft light drifting into the cave rooms.  Now it’s time to get a perspective from above!  Up up and away!

Fairy Chimneys and balloons© 2013 Bob Harvey

Fairy Chimneys and balloons
© 2013 Bob Harvey

From above, one can more easily see the tall grace and the pointed capstones of the fairy chimneys!

We went very high sometimes, looking down on other balloons and the erosion patterns.© 2013 Bob Harvey

We went very high sometimes, looking down on other balloons and the erosion patterns.
© 2013 Bob Harvey

 

One can really get a sense of a deep layer of tuffa, of capstone layers, and of active erosion from the air.

Dancing with fairy chimneys© 2013 Bob Harvey

Dancing with fairy chimneys
© 2013 Bob Harvey

It’s also exciting to come down amongst the chimneys… to feel like you are dancing in and out and can almost reach out and touch the chimneys!

Chimneys and balloon© 2013 Bob Harvey

Chimneys and balloon
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Ballooning is about perspective!© 2013 Bob Harvey

Ballooning is about perspective!
© 2013 Bob Harvey

In retrospect, there was not one angle on the unique formations of Cappadocia that I was disappointed in!  From inside out, and outside in.  From down looking up and up looking down.  This is an amazing natural and cultural combo that is so much fun to design images with – and so interesting to learn about!

 

I’m having too much fun with Cappadocia – the next post will be?  Oh, I need to show you a few more places in this magical region before we move on to the Turquoise Coast!

 

 

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