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Inhospitable : On the Left? by hougaard Inhospitable : On the Left? by hougaard
EDIT : Seems people didn't like the tree on the right, so different comp and slightly different processing.

BETTER? Honest crits please.

a Tree so photogenic you could swear it grew on that spot in that way with the hopes of becoming an iconic spot for landscape photography in South Africa...which it most probably will.

This little guy is atop a massive granite boulder in the Richtersveld National Park which is on the border of Namibia and in the heart of one of the world's most inhospitable and diamond rich areas.

I played around with a set of Lee sunset filters I bought a while back and I really liked the effect, especially considering the boring light.

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:iconpsyfre:
psyfre Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
:party:
featured -> [link]
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Laura-Skeff Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
this image is terrific;i just wish you uploaded it in a little bigger size...:(
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Zell-zita Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010
this one is alot better then the previous one - i got to admit.....
seems a lot more natural
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928 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
It's such a beautiful place.
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Inebriantia Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional Photographer
Quite an amazing photo. There's something quite special about the light in this image. This could easily be a Marc Adamus photo, if it had the orton effect in the background, but I still prefer it this way! ;-)
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hougaard Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
hmmm, interesting what you say about orton on the bg. it has a slight orton on the rocks in the fg. Thanks for the comment :)
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menca Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
Honest input You say.. okay :)

It feels slightly better now, but still.. Those two competing horizontal elements, the tree top, and the rock outcrop that effectively sits "on top" of it, keep screaming at me. Loudly. It was the first thing that popped in the eye the first time I saw it, and it won't go away. Everything else looks right on, but those two.. I dunno.

At the moment though, my brain seems to operate in a rather vegetative mode, so I'm in no position to offer any sane and constructive suggestions. I suppose we can't just return there and blow that rock up, it is a National Park after all, and such. :blush:
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shanti1971 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
Love it , life in the wilderness - old life . Great light and sense of distance , reminds me of a fantasy painting
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Blooper1980 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Awsome!. :)
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LukeAustin Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
I like it a lot Hougaard. Good to see your mixing it up with the processing too.
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SeaWhisper Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
hm where's the right one?
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hougaard Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
gone :)
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SeaWhisper Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
bah! =P
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aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Professional Photographer
Still badass. Way to make it iconic first ;)

aF
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hougaard Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
Thanks Aaron:)
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Dreampixphotography Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
Honestly i think this is much better than the other one. Beter PP and better comp. Like this loads well done
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hougaard Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
Thanks Mr
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ArtisticLicenseNow Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow nice work!
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beachelf Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
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rahmmh Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
Very amazing shot, loved how the sun is at a point giving a different color to the sky, only thing I would of loved to seen the tree closer, it looks very unusual
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the13thzen Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This reminds me of the Arizona/California desert I live in. It's crazy how similar two places so distant from one another can be.
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psyfre Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
I was drawn to the other shot, it had something mystical about the composition, balance and feel that was really unique.
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Kyrelimit Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
I prefer this one dude, nice job !!

Much more clearer and the focal point is now soley on that tree. Creates a much stronger impact on a whole. Nice work. :)
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james-dolan Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
The tree is an awesome focal point but the tree and background seem too close together in my liking. I love how you shot into the sun on the other hand, the best sort of illumination I've realised lately. Great job on this mate.
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dwth Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Student Artist
This photo have been featured on Thumbs of the Week 126th and 127th.:wave:
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dwth Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Student Artist
Sorry, my bad!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning, I love the 'view from above' look to this.

Alex
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BraveBabysitter Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your so good at capturing beauty :D
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dwth Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Student Artist
This photo have been featured on Thumbs of the Week 125th.:wave:
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Kingofspades85 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
I'm starting to feel like a flippen groupie. Every time one of your shots crosees my desktop, it ends up in my fav's.

Great shot
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beachelf Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
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Karloftus Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
I have a feeling you will return here one more in the future and capture an epic sunset or something
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queenofairanddarness Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
This is beautiful. I feel sorry for the poor tree, out there in all the dryness alone... But that may be placing my own dislike of deserts on something that is perfectly fine there.

AEH
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
Great location, fantastic tree. I look at it and wonder how the tree could have been separated from the background a bit...but I'm not sure how.
Still, the image really works though, good stuff
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thelevee01 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010
wow! reminds me of something you'd see from lord of the rings
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aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Professional Photographer
Stupid good. Way to start the 'iconic' spot trend. Sunset filter?

aF
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snaphappy101 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing photo :)
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frozenamber Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010
Beautiful, that tree was begging for a photo =D
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Aireimladiel Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010
I love trees. This one looks just great. Very good capture!
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Professional Photographer
Quite different from your usual uploads man. I dig it, not as much saturation, but still I dig all your work :giggle:
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clippys Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
wonderful!
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debiantonio Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
life resists always.
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psyfre Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
Thats very cool
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LadySio Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
Namibia is by far my favourite place on Earth, and you have brought me many happy tears of nostalgia with these beautiful images. Thank you. :blackrose:
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slickwilly182 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
going to be an icon soon :P
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FlippinPhil Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Professional Photographer
The filter seemed to do a nice job on this particular shot, the warm light has lifted it, and that tree has now become famous, haha.
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alban-expressed Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
Very nice. Love the lines and textures. :-)
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TheDevilWearsSkirts Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Student Interface Designer
Hougaard. This is stunning. I love everything about this shot. Nothing that could be helped; but would you agree that some different lighting on the tree that would separate it in detail a little from the background would be sick!
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kiki-lee7122 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Student Writer
Looks so lonely. Great shot :D
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Mr-Tobi Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
It's a great work! Very well done!
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