Namibia Dune 43

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Hougaard Malan

Shoot with care
Take care when driving off-road vehicles and use existing tracks to avoid making new marks on the landscape. Most life in the dunes exists within 10cm of the surface; plants, nests and wildlife can easily be destroyed if rules are not followed.

About this spot
This dune has fantastic tree at the foot of the spine, which makes for an excellent subject.

Dune 45 has recently become a bit crowded in peak times, so the park is in the process of making Dune 43 exactly the same – parking lot at the base for easier sunrise/sunset climbs. Being a government responsibility in Africa, it has taken them the better part of 2 years to grade a 500 m section of road with a parking area at the end, plant some poles along it and put a sign up. Currently I don’t know if they have any plans to finish it, but right now there are some really ugly poles leading up to the base of this dune.

All it means for us photographers is that we have to shoot it at a slight angle in order to exclude the poles. As with three-tree dune, you’ll need a 400 mm+ lens
for this shot, otherwise you can’t fill the frame with only sand and the tree becomes too small.

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