Vignettes from Namibia: Sossusvlei and Deadvlei

The Sossusvlei and Deadvlei areas of Namibia’s Namib-Naukluft National Park are true photographer’s paradises. I know this sounds like hyperbole and many locations are referred to as such, but in this case the claim really is true. The largest, most majestic sand dunes in the world reside here, as well as a surreal forest of dead camel thorn trees and a modest amount of wildlife too. Here are a sample of images from this area captured in May and June of this year. By the way, openings for the Wild Namibia Photo Tours 2015 are still available.

“Sweet Spot” Deadvlei, Namibia. Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM @ 93mm, 1/15 second @ f/11, ISO 100. Multiple exposures taken at various distances and focus stacked in Adobe Photoshop CC. As darkness fell over the Deadvlei pan, I caught the last bit of light on the dunes while using one tree as a frame for another.

“Sossusvlei” Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM @ 200mm, 1/320 second @ f/10, ISO 320. These dunes are the biggest in the world and yes, they are just as impressive in person.

“Casting Shadows” Deadvlei, Namibia. Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM @ 16mm, 1/60 second @ f/20, ISO 125.  Shadows create powerful radial lines across the hard clay pan of Deadvlei.

“Halloween Trees” Deadvlei, Namibia. Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @ 105mm, 1/50 second @ f/11, ISO 200.  When the dunes throw their shadows over the pan, the trees are transformed into frightening, nightmarish figures.


“Clean Cut” Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia. Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXT @ 560mm, 1/80 second @ f/11, ISO 320. 560mm? Who ever said that super telephoto lenses were only for wildlife?

“Black Backed Jackel” Sossusvlei, Namibia. Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM @ 33mm, 1/160 second @ f/14, ISO 125, fill flash. 33mm? And who said wide-angle lenses were only for landscapes?

“Isolation” Deadvlei, Namibia. Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM @ 70mm, 1/30 second @ f/11, ISO 100. Complex compositions are visually engaging and challenging but sometimes simple delivers a stronger emotional punch.

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  1. Posted July 12, 2014 at 7:18 am by Gary | Permalink

    Wow! Such dramatic lighting & landscapes. When the image makes you want to be there you know you’ve got a great image.

  2. Posted July 12, 2014 at 7:51 am by Linda House | Permalink

    You can sure make Namibia landscapes sing. So many thoughts and feelings are invoked from simple curves, lines and colors from places far away. Thank you

  3. Posted July 12, 2014 at 12:24 pm by Chila | Permalink

    When I look at your beautiful work time stops. You change my ordinary day into dreams of what is beyond. I can only imagine what it must be like to see in person what you capture and share for all of us! Thank you!!

  4. Posted July 12, 2014 at 9:58 pm by Shari | Permalink

    Beautiful images, Mr. Bernabe.

  5. Posted July 13, 2014 at 11:32 pm by Lori Ryerson | Permalink

    Those are exquisite. You make me gasp in awe. I can pay you no higher compliment than to tell you they put me in mind of Alex Colville and Christopher Pratt. Just breathtaking. Thank you for the use of your eyes…

  6. Posted July 14, 2014 at 8:12 am by Bruce Turner | Permalink

    The light in these photos in phenomenal, it gives your photos a very surreal look. I would love to one day visit Namibia and capture my own images of the dunes and trees.

  7. Posted July 15, 2014 at 3:02 pm by Nikolay Mirchev | Permalink

    Such dramatic landscape! Also places like this are such a paradise for photographers do to their weather and lighting conditions. i wish i was there 😉

  8. Posted July 15, 2014 at 4:04 pm by Gary | Permalink

    Love these images, fantastic!

  9. Posted July 23, 2014 at 2:32 am by Rob Weir | Permalink

    Fantastic photos. I am visiting Sossusvlei in September so these photos are a great source of inspiration.

  10. Posted July 23, 2014 at 9:33 am by Joaquim | Permalink

    Great photos. Beautiful place.

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