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I had visited Namibia twice on holiday prior to starting photography and it never really impressed me that much. The thing that triggered a desire to photograph the country of dunes and grass was a photo in a book by Jean du Plessis. The photo was of a large old Acacia tree on a grass slope that gently descended into a low lying valley where the grass ended against red stone hills.

Almost two and half years later I was standing in front of that tree waiting for the sun to rise. Watching the transition of light and color in a crystal clear sky as an ocean of grass swayed to a warm morning breeze is my fondest memory of Namibia. I experienced on that morning what Jean's photo had communicated to me. Hopefully my image of this scene will communicate that same message to viewers.

Linhof Technorama 617s
Schneider Kreuznach 90mm f/5.6
Velvia100

Kanaan Farm
Namibia

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ihamo Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Fascinating :D
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Absicola Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! :wow:
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mst-photography Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Professional Photographer
Wide open land.
Very great.
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natureblue Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
I love the softness of the tone. It makes it standout from the usual glaring sunrise photos. :)
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gokhanproject Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
nice work good colors and tones.
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LovesNatureDigital Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Great gallery.
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augenweide Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
your beautiful work is featured in my new journal...[link]
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ThisWomanWanders Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Professional Photographer
I'm in love with this. Made my day better just to see it. :)
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da-phil Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
congratulations! your outstanding work has been added to the Featured Gallery of #panoramicshot
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Aguswu Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
Great image.
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Thyethail Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Superb !
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malenka740715 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
wow :)
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Victoria-M Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
the colours of the sky are so pretty against the colours of the grass! :)
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ChocoCherry1 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
The grass and sky colors are beautiful!
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
Beautiful picture!
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Shaparak-p Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
I like position of The tree also colors of the sky! :clap:
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detail24 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
Lovely lovely photo!
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Annabelle-Chabert Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011   Photographer
Peacefull and lovely composed photo :love:
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sendjo Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
nothing to complain
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roxysweetie7 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Great softness!
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011   General Artist
fantastic scene, as usual, lovely work ..and story:nod:
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Puuronen Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
Really, really amazing capture...
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MeFlyingFree Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
I love painting these trees, they are so beautiful!
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da-phil Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
great pano, taken with a ridiculous expensive camera...
you really like german photo equipment, don't you? :P
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hougaard Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
haha no it's the old 's' version with the fixed 90mm lens. It's an amazing toy, but film is just too expensive in South Africa. I've been trying to sell it but I struggle to get 1500 Euros for it here. Which is what I paid for it.
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da-phil Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
why would somebody shoot on film during these days anyway? the (post-processing) workflow it's pain in the arse and it's expensive too :P
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hougaard Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
You appreciate the photo ten times more because there went so much more effort into it. Shoot medium format film just for the learning experience before it gets completely inaccessible.
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da-phil Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
i know what you mean, however i'm quite happy when shooting digital and achieving some nice shots from time to time, shooting analog would probably rather discourage me from photography :P
during these day's it's hard to even find a single hour of just going out and shooting or doing some post-processing work which i'm so much behind... time for some conference break at work :P
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O-Gosh Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
beautiful!
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augustmobius Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Professional Photographer
great work with this scene
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parkflavor Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
This is awesome. I love the film look you got here and the scene is perfectly suited for a 617.
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hougaard Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
Thank you :)
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ME-LYNX Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Professional Photographer
Very well done
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oceaniclove Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Very nice shot
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sassaputzin Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
great image
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BogdanEpure Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Lovely photo, Hougaard. The tree seems to be huge!
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hougaard Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
It is!
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