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Photograph Or Painting? You Decide!

June 3, 2011

Well, you decide whether the above image is a photograph or painting. First guess will¬†say that it’s a beautiful painting, but the fact is that it’s a photograph of landscape in Namibia. This magnificent picture¬†was taken by Frans Lanting for a National Geographic magazine article about Namibia and it’s environmental protection laws. Beautiful landscape combined with perfect lighting resulted in this amazing picture. Here is what Frans has to say about the photograph:

“Here’s a short summary about the making of the photo. It was made at dawn when the warm light of the morning sun was illuminating a huge red sand dune dotted with white grasses while the white floor of the clay pan was still in shade. It looks blue because it reflects the color of the sky above. Because of the contrast between the shady foreground and the sunlit background I used a two-stop graduated filter which reduced the contrast. The perfect moment came when the sun reached all the way down to the bottom of the sand dune just before it reached the desert floor. I used a long telephoto lens and stopped it all the way down to compress the perspective” [By the way, the white dots in the picture are grasses on the sand dunes.You can read more about this photograph here].

Image credit: Frans Lanting | National Geographic

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