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Great Karoo by hougaard Great Karoo by hougaard
Sun sets through a summer storm over the vlaktes of the great karoo. Shot from atop the valley of desolation :) It looks peaceful, but the wind was as strong as it gets, luckily it was blowing from the front, if it was coming from behind I definitely wouldn't be standing on the edge of the cliffs.

This was taken in January on a trip to KTP, I tried to process it earlier, but my skills weren't quite there yet, only now after two months behind the computer did I succeed in blending this into something pleasing!

The composition is thrown off a bit by the position of the sun. It would have been nice if it was more to the left, but this was 5 weeks after summer solstice, so it doesn't really move much further.

Valley of Desolation, Graaff Reinet.

More image, info, tutorials and resources on landscape photography on my blog - [link]
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:iconjtguilber:
JTGuilber Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
Wonderful!
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morbiusx33 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning!
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dcantoni Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
nice one! location location location!
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Eckaaat Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Student Artist
wow, thatīs great...

but, for use as Desktop-picture a higher resolution was first on my wishlist ;-)
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archanN Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
stunning, gorgeous! :heart: wow
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bada Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
Trully a wonderful capture! :worship:
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Haiburidd0 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
Nice one !
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gold-rose Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
just amazing :heart: it's like you're on the top of the world!
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ohad911 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
Amazing work, I love the light you captured here
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:icongoodgirl94:
goodgirl94 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
wow!! just amazing! this is gorgeous!!!!!
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WraxAon Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
Like the colors up front and the sun positioned in the back
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Ashley41196 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
That's amazing!!!!
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drlock Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
Amazing shot I love this!
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maximQuirk Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Student General Artist
amazing sunset
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JulianTheOllie Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010
this is just amazing
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Irides Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010   Photographer
and, one more thing
Nature is meant to be unruly, it rarely conforms to the rule of man - the fact that the sun is out of place is a good thing ;)
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Irides Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010   Photographer
that is so beautiful it's beyond words
how do you do the blending? It looks flawless!
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hougaard Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
check out my blog :)
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:iconirides:
Irides Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010   Photographer
ok :D
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dwth Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Student Artist
This photo have been featured on Thumbs of the Week 138th.:wave:
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X6Pilot Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010
Baie goeie werk. Fantastiese kleure en samestelling!
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SweetBrini17 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010
Wow! That's amazing! I like the effect on the rocks =)
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:iconbilgekhan:
Bilgekhan Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woow ! Very beautiful shot ! How exciting :D Good filter and good effect
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riot690 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010   Digital Artist
I want to build a wizard tower there, and scare everyone off with my beard. On my alone time I would read books on my balcony that stretches over the cliff wall. Sit in the dark over the candle light and smoke a pipe while reading an old book, and watch the red light from the sunset stretch and disappear over my book and the mountains.
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Cid-knee Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
lovely!
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helenetaillant Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
atmosphere of fire, I like. =)
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:iconkuro775:
Kuro775 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010   Photographer
This photo is amazing! You are so lucky!
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AnxietyOfInsanity Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010   Photographer
nice colours ;D
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articunolugialove Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010
Amazing shot!
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emailandthings Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
i dont know how you do it, real photo filters? , good glass? expensive camera? photoshop... sigh...
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hougaard Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
good camera, amazing light and location and some photoshop :)
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reluctant-artist-01 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
OMG!! wow absolutely stunning!! :love::clap:
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haloman69 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
1 word A M A Z I N G!
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ApparentlyNot Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
Wow that is just gorgeous.

The sharpness is perfect.

Must have been amazing to stand there and witness such a sight. There are magnificent places in the world. Such beauty in a valley dubbed with "Desolation"


Thanks for sharing xoxo
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MissWeirdo23 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Student General Artist
I want to live there. this is amazing! :la:
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
Beautiful illuminating light there mate, really nice compo as well. Not your best star but damn fine anyway :)
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coby111 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing.
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Orcajet Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
amazing image
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
Great shot mate, awesome light
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:iconhougaard:
hougaard Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
Thanks Andy :)
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enelysion Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
Wow, that is one of the prettiest things I have ever seen. The position of the sun, IMO, is just about perfect!! =)
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samtheartman Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Student Photographer
great view :)
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kelly-bean Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Professional General Artist
gorgeous photo... I love the color palette
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Petermuse Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
:Q_____
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mutrus Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
Fantastic shot :clap:
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AENNEA Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
Very beautiful colours!
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klipie245 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Valley of desolation... Ek was all in Graaff Reinet maar ek het seker die "valley of desolation" mis gekyk... Maar nou ja, wonderlike foto :)
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hougaard Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
haha...dis die berg bo die dorp :)
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klipie245 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Ooooo! haha ja neh, ek sal volgende keer better oplet haha :)
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J-o-r-d-i Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Professional General Artist
This photo is one of the most awesome I've seen.
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