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More Namibia Photographs

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In all my crazy travel schedules this past summer/early Fall, I only did one post from our fantastic tour in Namibia! I can’t believe it. So here’s another posting from that journey.

The trip was amazing this year, too. Because of the extreme drought there were a lot more animals around the watering holes, almost too many at times, making it a little chaotic photographically – but oh-so-exciting to experience! We managed to get in the air over the dunes at Sossusvlei this year, weather was perfect – and I always love a good ‘top-down’view of the world. Each place we went, was a new experience, even for me, because the light, the people, the conditions – were all different. Fog in the Deadvlei was awesome! There are way too many pictures to show here, so go on over to my Website to check out the rest.

We plan on doing “The Wonders of Namibia” photo tour again in 2018. Meanwhile, enjoy the images and start planning ahead to join us!

I’ve added a new gallery in recent work on my website for this tour, too.

 

Click on these to see larger versions, especially the last one with the hidden oryx in there!

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Shifting Sands in Namibia

Tharp_20160730-2296Hello, everyone. I’m back from Namibia (and Italy, Germany and Switzerland), and hard at work finalizing the manuscript on my book, but it’s been so long since I posted anything, I just had to share a picture or two with you! Kolmanskop, the abandoned German mining town in Namibia that is succumbing to the shifting sand dunes, is a favorite amongst many of the photographers that do our tours. There is so much history in the rooms, and there is a mood in the air as you walk around that you can feel.  The passage of time and the elements of nature preside in my thoughts while photographing. The town continually changing. Just 2 years ago, I photographed a building that is now off limits due to parts that collapsed. So each time I visit, I am mindful of how special the place is, and challenge myself to make pictures that represent the spirit of place.

 

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Thanks for visiting! I’ll be back with plenty more Namibia pictures soon – after I get the book off to edit…

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Shifting Shapes in Namibia

Afternoon light creates shadows and shapes on Sossusvlei dunes, Namibia.

Those of you who know me well know that I love visual design. So it’s no surprise that when faced with these huge dunes in Namibia, I was seeing shapes everywhere. The reach of my Tamron 150-600mm lens created an optical compression of the depth, furthering the graphic quality of these shapes. And all of them mattered – the darker and lighter dune shapes, and the sky shape. A long time ago when studying Freeman Patterson’s work I remember him saying that everything is a shape in your picture. I felt the same way but hadn’t expressed it as well to my students.

So, using my telephoto lens as a spotting scope, I scanned the dunes looking for a combination of shapes that was pleasing to me. I had seen this with my own eye, but with the viewfinder framing it and the tight angle of view from the lens,  I found the right combination of proportions.

I am looking forward to going back to Sossusvlei dunes on our Wonders of Namibia Photography Safari this summer. I’ll be looking for more shapes in the shifting sands, and sharing what I see with others, on this amazing journey with pro-photographer and co-leader Wendy Kaveney.

If you haven’t seen her A/V show yet, Fall in Love with Namibia, you have to check it out! She’s blended stills with some video that make the place come alive. And she includes a variety of pictures to tell the story of the journey between the amazing, iconic locations.  You can also view still images at my site and Wendy’s website.

Join us this summer for a wonder-filled journey.

Thanks for visiting.

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The beauty of Age

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We are having a great time on the photo tour in Morocco. Yesterday, we were driving from Fes to Midelt, and we stopped to walk around a Berber village that is not a traditional tourist stop, which we prefer whenever possible. The Berber people are friendly, and many of them accepted our requests to photograph them. In fact,  I was invited in to see the house of one young woman, who’s mother then wanted to bring me tea and food, a traditional welcoming gesture. It was all around a very pleasant experience for us, and a break from some of the other areas where photographing people is a definite challenge and many photos have to be ‘sneaked’ similar to Cartier Bresson’s method.

 

This beautiful woman was wearing my favorite colors, and the bounce light from the light-colored dirt just behind me made her face glow with warmth. She doesn’t have the traditional Berber tattoo, but I couldn’t ask why since I don’t speak the language! Nonetheless, she was beautiful, her face telling the passage of time with her eyes telling it was a happy life.

We’re on our way to the desert and sand dunes today.

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