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A long promised dedication to *KaitlynGrenier A little late for her birthday and recuperation, but for a fantastic long time friend and all-round star, it's here anyway.


This will be the first of (no doubt) many images I'll submit from a recent trip down through Morocco to the edge of the Sahara desert in Erg Chebbi.

We spent 2 and a half days there, and for most of that time we had overcast, hazy conditions, or sandstorms. As it turned out, this wasn't really the problem it would have been with other kinds of landscapes because dunes are just great big light reflectors. I'm just as happy with the shots that I took under diffuse lighting like this as I am with the ones that I took under direct early morning side light.

This particular shot was taken in the afternoon just after a sandstorm was clearing. It's handheld at 185mm, and I didn't use any filters as the range of contrast was really low, and the washed out white of the sky, which wouldn't work with most landscapes, I find here actually complements the soft colours and textures of the dunes.

More work and prints available through my blog and my website

Nikon D3 w/ Nikkor 80-400mmVR
185mm | ISO400
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AMHolly Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love how you can see the waves of sand & color. Nice shot
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Spiritdancing Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
Wonderful!
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justeline Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Professional Photographer
Soft and creamy! It is kind of sensual, great image Andy!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Thanks again :-)
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Xerces Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Beautiful detail to the patterns in the sand. very pretty and a nice change of scenery!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
Thanks again
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KirlianCamera Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
I love the subtle colours and fine texture in this one :)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
Cheers mate
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ahko Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
Amazing, looks almost like human flesh.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
Thanks so much
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grevys Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
hey andy - good to see you out there in the dunes. i like the bottom 2/3 of this and would be tempted to find a line to crop - the textures in the sand are really subtle and the horizontals obviously delicious.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
Cheers Stuart. On this particular composition, I wanted to include the sky, but I did various shots where there are horizontals and no sky, for example [link]
Hope all is well with you
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grevys Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
all well somewhat drifting through time at present. presume all well for you?

actually, prompted by this image I did wander through your site and already saw the other one(s). nice work!
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Valimar Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
Stunning shot indeed, Andy.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner May 5, 2011
Thankyou
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
A very strong image Andy. Simple and yet absolutely definite A perfect choice to "lose" the sky to white, love it. Those marbled patterns keep me looking.
What a place.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner May 5, 2011
Thanks mate, this is my favourite from the trip. I only shot a couple of wide angle shots, the vast majority were telephoto abstracts like this. It's one of those places where wherever you look through the viewfinder, you see these fantastic layers and shapes
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Originalbossman Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
Yet another reason why you are one of my fav photographers.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
Lol...thankyou so much
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islandtime Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
Beautiful Andy and it does look very much like the female form! :)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
Thanks Viktoria
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GRGreen Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
Quite a departure Andy, but I like it! (This is/was kimonokraken by the way, I re-joined recently)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
Thanks a lot, glad you like it. It is a departure, and it's always nice to shoot something that's very different from my usual style.
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xAgNO3x Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Now this is sexy!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
Thankyou
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pestilence Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Professional Photographer
Lovely done Andy! seems you had a wonderful time! :)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
Cheers Kostas...we had a great time. Now I'm just thinking about where we could go next :D
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Trashins Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
wow!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
:-)
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the-shining Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Outstanding!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
Thanks so much
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madrush08 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Very interesting photo on sand dunes. Haven't really seen anything like this!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
Thanks a lot. I know I haven't ever shot anything like this, and it's always a great feeling for me to take pictures that are completely unlike anything I've done before.
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madrush08 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
It looks good, can't wait to see the others.
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aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Professional Photographer
Love the light on the dunes. Bet this would be a killer b/w too :)

aF
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
Cheers Aaron. I've actually done mono versions of most of the dune abstracts I shot there, and might submit them here at some point.
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aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional Photographer
Cant hurt to submit :)
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LaMusaTriste Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Professional Photographer
fantastic!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
Thanks so much Carmen :hug:
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twelvemotion Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Awesome Andy!!! :)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Thanks loads
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kazuya00 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
just like women bodies ^^
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
:-)
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kazuya00 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
just like women bodies ^^
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Peanut-Sama Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow it's beautiful! In some ways it kind of looks like skin, haha, I had to do a double-take.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Yeah, I like shooting landscapes when it's not immediately apparent what you're looking at
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Peanut-Sama Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah! You're landscapes are incredible, the feel of illussion you create is so awesome!
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dancingelf Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Professional Photographer
Wow Andy, lucky you! Amazing capture, the sand looks so smooth!

I'm sorry, but what...??? "Shutter Speed:2222222/100000000 second" :confused: :lol:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Thanks loads Ioanna...glad you like it.
Yeah, I don't know what my camera is doing spitting out EXIF like that. The shutter speed was actually about 1/45 I think
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alffarr Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Wow, awesome location! I would say I envy your trip, but I don't do so good in the heat :)
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