I am a subscriber of the Wild Photo Mag – an electronic magazine on nature and wildlife photography. Last month I saw the monthly photo challenge was about landscape and I thought: “Maybe I can give it a try with some of my landscape photos taken during our recent landscape workshop with Hougaard Malan and Shem Chompion in the southern part of Namibia (March 2012). So I decided to entry a few of my favourite photos and what a surprise when Andre (editor) contacted me a week or tow ago asking me for a higher resolution photo to be published in the next issue of the magazine.
And there it was, one of my very first non-salon competition entries and the winner of the landscape monthly challenge of the Wild Photo Mag:
Sunrise in Dead Vlei 2
(Nikon D3S, Nikon 17-35mmf2.8 lens @ 19mm, ISO200, f11, bracketing function.)
For those who are interested – the address of the magazine:
And the issue:
This was not an easy shot for me. We had to prepare ourself (me and the wife) before sunrise by finding a great composition, setup the camera, shoot a few shots to get everything ready and then we had to wait for about 15 minutes for the sun to rise above the dune. Once the sun starts to rise above the dune, one only has a minute or even less to take the photo(s) (just to get right amount of sunlight to create the atmosphere). I did use a kind of HDR processing to develop the photo.
Just a few weeks ago a submitted the photo to our mentorship program site and Prof Hennie Cronje (one of our mentors) gave me advice about the development of the photo. So I did it and submit the photo for the challenge. Thanks, Prof Hennie for the advice.
Message to take home:
Listen to the advice given by other people on your photos. Use some of the advice to your advantage and do not take it personally.
I am still learning the trade of photography and will do so until…….?