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The Tree by hougaard The Tree by hougaard
Everything in me is aching to go back to this valley in the Richtersveld NP. It has the potential for a million photos within a 30 minute walk from where you camp. Sadly it's a 5 hour 4x4 drive into remote wilderness after 800km on the highway.

This is in South Africa but the plains in the distance behind the mountains is Namibia.

The weird color is from 5 stops of grad filters.
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coco97 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
great!
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ETandK Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
Great shot man, must be a bitch o be back in town again after enjoying the peace.
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Zell-zita Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010
excellent photo....love the tree growing out the massive split in the earth........
brings a feeling of hope..
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DerSeher Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
awesome
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FlippinPhil Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Professional Photographer
Hmm, everything is a bit centered for my taste.
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dwth Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Student Artist
This photo have been featured on Thumbs of the Week 128th/129th/130th.:wave:
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Bunniesandsheep Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This would have been absolutely stunning if the tree had the kind of clarity that the hills have.

Actually, everything looks a little fuzzy. Diffuse filter? Still awesome <3
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
There is a weird blurring here too. Not a fanof this one i am afraid.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
Great capture of light mate
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anas-emran Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:)

Wow thats awesome! ;)


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novelhill Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Professional Photographer
This gorgeous photograph has been featured here: [link]
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kiki-lee7122 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Student Writer
Awesome :D
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SchattenLotus Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
Tree's are a wonderful "Idol" for all of Mankind...

No Matter how desperate the Situation arround them looks - they NEVER give up... ;)
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Prismatic-Prince Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
I've never seen anything like this. Truly there is great variety in the terrain all around the earth. Great capture.
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aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Professional Photographer
Yea...lots of filters...but damn way cool...feel like you may have benefitted from stepping to the right and creating more space b/t the tree and sun...but a nit. get back there...and take me :)

aF
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hougaard Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
lol...the first time I saw this tree was when a friend of mine posted it on the main S.A forums, with the comp that anyone would go for, tree on a 3rd, so I didn't want to copy :)
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aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Professional Photographer
sometimes comps work for a reason...this works...but separating the two elements just seems better balanced... :)
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sassaputzin Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
kinda place i,d want a step ladder to get above that tree and shoot it against the crack.....loving the wispy cloud above the sunstar...
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:iconhougaard:
hougaard Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010
I've learned a lot from everyone's feedback online. Now I just have to go again!
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sassaputzin Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010
i'd also like to see a photo of you up a step ladder at this location....;)
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hougaard Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010
There two very high ledges right behind me, but then the tree starts becoming too small again. And I would have to carry the ladder from down below. The camping areas are between those smaller granite hills behind the tree.

The other issue is that another S.A tog got there first and I don't want to copy his composition, so I'm pretty much forced to shoot to the left. [link] landscape/26

This place is absolutely unbelievable. You don't have to start your car once you parked. You've got the mountains, the two massive granite hills and an endless variety of quiver trees to shoot within a 5-20 minute walk from your tent.
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sassaputzin Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
ok understood....it was a tongue in cheek comment about the ladder, i assumed it was miles forkm anywhere and taking a ladder would be totally impractical..
mark dumbleton has some good shots....
i should imagine having such good and varied subject matter in one area is unique for africa...looks like a crazy place....
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Cl3tuS Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
absolutely awesome. inspiring
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010   General Artist
Stunning location and beautifully taken :)
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aponom Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
This photo is not a standard "pretty sunset landscape" image, I like the unusual colors, and kind of moody impression, I'd say the other-worldly touch. Great job, Hougaard! :clap:
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Blooper1980 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
9.5/10 :)
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928 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
What a magical place.
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mawanmalvin Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
wow...very awsome landscape :clap:
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Cristina122 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The story behind the photo and the difficulty in reaching the area makes it even more amazing.
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EJ-gouws Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
boet this is awesome!
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Richsii Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
this is really great!
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GILZUR Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Student Interface Designer
Outstanding
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The-Travellers-Tale Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
:omg: how is this not a DD? stunning shot :clap:
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ayla79 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
beautiful!
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riknard Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
stark landscape with a bonsai-worthy tree and great colors, not to mention the mountainous skyline... come together for an inspiring shot
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Hamooda7 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010   Photographer
Beautiful.. *_^
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werol Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
!
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JustinDeRosa Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010   Photographer
lovely
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snoeby Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
magic!!
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burdensdown Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
very nice
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Thorvold Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautifully captured. I'd love to learn how to do this. :peace:
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Meema Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
VERY nice shot.
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Krasunya Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
realy nice photo!
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snaphappy101 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing shot :)
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dnwvictor Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Outstanding image, superb workflow.
Visual impression, thanks to beautiful composition, is so good that I can’t find words to describe it.
One of the best images I’ve seen lately.
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MorkelErasmus Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
epic stuff here! I also need to visit that place!
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Alembic-Lynx Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
beautifully done !!!!
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neb11 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
nice photo :clap:
i like the colour of the rock
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allarme Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
awesome shot! ^_^
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mutrus Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
Fantastic!!!
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