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The Sentinel by hougaard The Sentinel by hougaard
The Sentinel is the rock butress furthest in the frame and one of the prominent peaks of the Drakensberg, seen here in dawn light.

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5D II
Zeiss 18mm
b+w kaesemann polariser
Lee 0.6 soft grad

Drakensberg, South Africa

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Dave6943 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
I love that place, GREAT shot :)
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poenie123 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great shot Hougaard, love the lighting and the incoming cloud cover. Do you mind telling me how you got there? Did you camp, or did you use the Sentinel Car Park and walked there before sunrise? Going to Drakensberge in 2 weeks, and would maybe like to go there, would appreciate your feedback... :)
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elico00 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
This is just amazing! You are actually over the clouds!!
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michaelgulliver Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
This is amazing. Magical and inspiring. Thank you.
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michaelgulliver Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
This is simply breathtaking. An amazing image framed forever. Is it magical to be in places like this?
Thank you.
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OddFacade Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
This is indeed a beautiful capture. n.n
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Sama3 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer


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lovely

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AndyMPhotography Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful light!
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:iconsomesoul:
somesoul Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
Beautiful shot! I miss the berg :(
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:iconcrowdb:
CROwdB Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
amazing place, great photo :D
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:iconemomitev2:
emoMitev2 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Professional Photographer
Perfect as always!
How high is this place from the sea level?
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:icontuesdaytwice:
tuesdaytwice Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011   Photographer
Amazing!
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:iconringus1:
ringus1 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
It feels so fresh, amazing! I wish I could be there.
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:iconmrh:
mrh Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
Very nice!!
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:iconvelky-jojko:
velky-jojko Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
Great view, excellent shot!
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roomwithamoose311 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
lovely :)
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theCm247 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
wow love photo love to see this in are group [link]
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:iconneb11:
neb11 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
nice photo
:+fav:
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akaleus Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
freaking great shot...wish i had been there.
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:iconpackard1956:
Packard1956 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
Brethtaking photograph! Your gallery is just outstanding. Do you use any software to bring out the great color?
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:icondwth:
dwth Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Student Artist
This photo has been featured on Thumbs of the Week 155th/156th.:wave:
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:iconalex37:
Alex37 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
The blues look a bit green to me, but this is very nice.

Alex
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snaphappy101 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
great pic :)
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DomWills Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Jeez, this is awesome. I've got 5 days of hiking planned for drakensberg in april. Can't wait. I'll be in touch about where you reckon are good spot to check out.
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DomWills Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
Ja, they say that April in the Drakensberg is mild.. suppose that's a relative term...
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:iconhougaard:
hougaard Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
Are you going to the Amphi? I sent you a mail this morning about the Wolfberg Arch and some questions on the Boland trail you did recently.
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:icondomwills:
DomWills Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
Heading up to the Amphitheatre for around a week, in about 2 weeks time - and I see there's snow predicted which could be good or bad I suppose...
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hougaard Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
Have you hiked there or in snow before? The chain ladder route has parts that are in shade all year which includes a section of rock scree or two that freeze up and can be quite nerve wrecking. Have at least an ice axe... That's what I was told by my friend who's hiked the berg from a-z and hikes there at least 20 times a year!
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DomWills Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
Shot for the advice. Looks like the snow prediction has faded tho. Did you shoot anything from the witches viewpoint around 1km up from the sentinel carpark? Thinking of doing a sunrise shoot there before heading up to the top.
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hougaard Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
haven't but definitely an awesome spot with those spires! I just don't want to imagine how bloody cold it's gonna be as I was there in November and it was below freezing at the top.

Judging from Mark's images it's still flippin green which is cool! I'm going to Sehlabathebe again in June
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DomWills Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
Ja, they say that April in the Drakensberg is mild.. suppose that's a relative term...
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Shem-inja Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Love the perspective. For once I would reduce the contrast, so as to add to the ease of viewing in the image.
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DTZ-Alien Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Magnificent shot. =O
Just... I have no words to say...

Hm. What altitude? I see the clouds are below you. =)
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nameless-avatar Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
EPIC <3 much love
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:iconpsyfre:
psyfre Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Eww polarization! Bad luck.. really amazing view though :dance:
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:icondrewhopper:
DrewHopper Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
Lovely light :)
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:iconduetted:
Duetted Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
This is what I call 'freedom'.
Wonderful work! I really feel the mild breeze and life through this picture.
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piticu1 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
wonderful .!!!
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BlueIvyViolet Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
what a breathtaking view!!!

its so beautiful!!!!!
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CarlPearce Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Professional
Dear me, that's amazing.
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AlexHawkPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Student Photographer
excellent!
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Bloggertom Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I have never seen a bad picture from you. another brilliant one.
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JamesHackland Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011   Photographer
I agree with Andy on this one an impressive image....location, light composition but I really don't like the polarization in the sky.
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:iconmplichard:
MPlichard Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Great shot !
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Lovely shot matey. Not too sure about the polarization in the sky, but the light is lovely
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synax444 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Good shot.
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:iconalban-expressed:
alban-expressed Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Wonderful. :-)
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twelvemotion Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Thats crazy man! Nice! :)
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Annarigby Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Wow amazing! You created another masterpiece.
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Mr-Tobi Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
What an amazing work! Great light, colours and composition! Well done. :thumbsup:
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