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Moving Dune - for Egshannon

Moving Dune - for Egshannon
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-14
Categories: Desert
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 24-70 mm f 2,8 L-USM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dunes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-24 8:21
Viewed: 6870
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Bob has been commenting on some of my landform shots - so this one is for him.

The view is of a dune in the Western Desert of Sudan, taken about 13 months ago. It was late afternoon. What the image shows is a linear dune moving - if you look carefully the main ridge is fuzzy where the sand is blowing up and over the dune, from right to left. In the lee of the dune (the left) there is a distinct break in slope and colour. The lighter, steeper part is where the dune is moving - grains are rolling down it, the lighter particles are then lifted again and the heavier darker particles are left behind.

The sky is showing an approaching depression - these are the high cirrus clouds which herald the arrival of a front in several hours time - it arrived next morning.

In physical geography, a dune is a hill of sand built by eolian (wind) processes. Dunes are subject to different forms and sizes based on their interaction with the wind. Most kinds of dune are longer on the windward side where the sand is pushed up the dune, and a shorter "slip face" in the lee of the wind. The "valley" or trough between dunes is called a slack. A "dune field" is an area covered by extensive sand dunes. Large dune fields are known as ergs.

Some coastal areas have one or more sets of dunes running parallel to the shoreline directly inland from the beach. In most such cases the dunes are important in protecting the land against potential ravages by storm waves from the sea. Although the most widely distributed dunes are those associated with coastal regions, the largest complexes of dunes are found inland in dry regions and associated with ancient lake or sea beds.

Dunes also form under the action of water flow (alluvial processes), on sand or gravel beds of rivers, estuaries and the sea-bed.

The modern word "dune" came into English from French circa 1790 but it's an old Indo-European word that's found in most of the Slavic languages as well as the Germanic and Latin languages. In ancient times words cognate to "dune" probably had the meaning of a citadel or built-up hill fortification

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Hi James, this is impressive! Nature could creature such wonderful designs and this picture shows it so well. Thanks,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-24 8:27]

Hi James. I would just love to run down the sand and put some foot prints into it. This is fantastic. It look straight out of Lawerence of Arabria .as you say in you notes its on the move all the time. warm colours and fine detail . well done TFS. great notes too.

A very beautiful photo James. A great shot of the earth and sky with absolutely the right colors. I was travelling last month and was in a dessert in india. Captured a lot of dunes but no where close to what you 've been able to achieve.


This is a beautiful landscape picture. The 1/3 composition of the horizon would have done wonders. The colors and the details are amazing and i love the DOF too :-)
Goutham R

hello James

this is a lovely shot, a very beautiful composition,
excellent POV and framing, i love the contrast between
the earth's warm colors and the sky's cold colors, TFS


Hey James,

Excellant image,
Framed perfect,
I really like the way you set this shot up,
Great job,


Hello James,
Very beautiful displayed of light and shadows image from this moving dune!
captured well on a good pov with clarity, colour and details
well done always

Hello James
This picture is taken superbly...The whole concept of wind moving tons of sand and creating fascinating details is most mesmerising...I suspect the closest we get to this in the UK is snow drifts...but maybe leaves in autumn are governed by a similar process.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-24 9:26]

Hi James,

Bob has to love this one! I can't believe the wonderful patterns on the side of the dune. Amazing! The whole picture is amazing with fantastic colors and shadings.


hello James,

An another example of your excellent photography friend. The sand dune and blue colour of the sky are well fit to create such perfect capture. Contrast and sharpnes great! Superb Composition friend! Well done!
TFS and Regards,


Hello James,

What a beautiful landscape you created for Egshannon. We know also sanddunes in Holland, but not this size and they are always planted to minimize dusting. The colors and the details are amazing. POV, DOF and BG are good. I read somewhere that the walking sanddunes are dangerous. When you try to climb up to the top the sand is moving under your feets. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice evening and TFS BOB

Well composed dune, James.
Well, the wind did it partially, actually;-)
I like the high cirrus as well.
Good work!

Hi James
Perfect presentation.
Beautiful picture together with very informative note.
I like the POV and colours of the picture.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-24 14:00]

Hola James,
preciosa escena y bella composición,
sobresalientes colores,

You're really pumping out the geology now. I appreciate the gentle curves, having lived near one of the worlds largest moving sand dunes....and only with film cameras and low income. Wis I could try some of this type of image now....although you and Heaven seem very adept at patterns in nature and the particular softness in some of them.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-24 17:51]

Hola James.
Bela postal, exelente presentacion de una iluminacion de alto nivel. Bellos colores y muy interesante nota. Sr. Bob debe sentirse orgulloso de este regalo James.

hello james,
what a beautiful landscape, the colours of nature looks so nice here, liked the pov and the composition, excellent work,
tfs & regards

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-02-24 18:58]

Hello James,
Very impressive sand dune, the colors are fantastic, you
also composed very well.. Well done


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-02-25 0:39]

James, Impressive shot and what a wonderful nature creation. Ganesh

Hi James!
Wonderful composition of colours! Natural beauty of sand dune corresponds with vivid blue colour of the sky. Great contrast and clarity.
Bravo and TFS,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-25 1:05]

Hi James

This is simple but amazingly beautiful!
I love everything here - to the smallest detail!
The small waves on the dune - right ion the FG - are really great and very photogenic. The curve that the dune makes is excellent and i think it's the element that makes you composition. The light here is also exceptional and it gives you the right amount of contrast. Last but not least, the beautiful blue sky with its small clouds, adding a bit of cooler colors to the "hot" ones of the sand.
On top of all that, a great note on the general characteristics and history of dunes and a beautiful dedication to our good friend Bob.
Splendid work, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-25 2:07]

Very nice landscape James!
The sand dune is really smooth and the simple composition is exceptional!
Vibrent colours and perfect lighting.
Very sharp and crisp.
Bob will love this!

Hola James,
Preciosa y elegante composición, excelente distribución de luz, limpia y bella combinación de colores, TFS, saludos

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-25 5:59]

Hello James,
This is outstanding sir, the colors and lines are magnificent. Your notes add greatly to this posting for me, good knowledge I will put into storage. Thanks Jmaes.

Hi James.
This is such an impressive photo. You seem to have taken it from above - the angle of view has certainly enhanced the image. This is a photo for a coffee-table book.

Hello James,
Very nice landscape shot from dune of desert. Great composition, great POV and focus. Fantastic superb coloration. As like photograph, notes great and informative many thanks for sharing. best wishes.


Awesome shot. The composition is great. The colours, Lighting, sharpness, detail and POV are all excellent.


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-02-29 15:22]

Hi James,
fabulous composition, I like the colors and the contrast a lot.
Congrats... Sky

Hi James,
A wonderful photo. The cruve of the dune is perfectly positioned and draw the eye towards the distance. The difference in the texture caused by the rolling of the grains are roling make this photo so much more interesting. I like the perfect contrast between the blue sky and yellow sand.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-03-02 2:09]

Hi James, woww... This is perfect landcape capture with superb composition, excellent details and sharpnes. TFS. Regards,

Hi James,
Great capture of this beautifully coloured landscape, nice colors and composition. TFS.
Regards, Bahadır

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