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Here's the second of my desert shots, and while this is not quite as dramatic as my previous image, I do like this one too: not least because it gives a much better sense of scale than the previous one. Oddly, for me at least, this one was processed almost entirely in Camera Raw (other than a bit of cloning and a mild vignette).

If you're interested, the original is here:


On a related matter: I had a great time at the Gulf Photo Plus Fotoweekend, not least because it was an opportunity to meet up with some old friends – Bobbi Lane, Chris Hurtt, and Robin Nichols (my fellow instructors); Mohamed Somji and Hala Salhi (the event organisers). I also met David Tejada: a first time instructor at GPP, and an all-round nice guy (if you're not familiar with his work, take a look at his website or blog). I'd also like to say a big thank you to all the people who attended my classes: it's always a pleasure to teach enthusiastic and talented students :)

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comment by Garry at 06:29 PM (GMT) on 25 November, 2009

Like this one :) It's got a great sense of drama

comment by Jason at 06:32 PM (GMT) on 25 November, 2009

This is the moon shot! Love the composition of the lost/lone hiker in the vast landscape with the low clouds. Has surreal feeling about it... fantastic shot!

comment by Ian Andrew at 06:40 PM (GMT) on 25 November, 2009

I always have to pick my jaw up off the floor after viewing your images!! Absolutely breathtaking

comment by Thatch at 06:49 PM (GMT) on 25 November, 2009

Think i like this one more than the other :) Great stuff.

comment by Stephen at 07:00 PM (GMT) on 25 November, 2009

Love the color treatment

comment by Delisha at 09:37 PM (GMT) on 25 November, 2009

Gorgeous photo!

comment by Dan Kaufman at 01:55 AM (GMT) on 26 November, 2009

Interesting that you say most of the pp was done in ACR; I've noticed recently that I'm tending to do less and less in ACR and more in PS. I like the flexibility that PS "history" gives me.

You're spot on with respect to the sca---------le this one imparts. I especially like the blackened sky. It gives an ominous feeling of impending doom for the "lost" hiker.

comment by Chris at 04:04 AM (GMT) on 26 November, 2009

I like the mood that you have set in this image. As always can't wait to see the last one of the set.

comment by Megha at 09:29 AM (GMT) on 26 November, 2009

I liked the softness of the sand the equally opposite texture of the sky. The man and his foot prints gives the pic a different perception. Really nice.

comment by Justin Photis at 12:22 PM (GMT) on 26 November, 2009

Hello David, great to hear you had another great time presenting.
I think I prefer this shot to the last one, mostly because of the tone you've given it.
Though the scale is more evident, because of the person in the shot, I think it may have been more intreaging with only the foot prints visible disappearing over the dune.... :)

comment by Steven Beckett - Dubai at 07:09 PM (GMT) on 26 November, 2009

This looks so much better on the screen at home than it did on the overhead projector during the course - if only projectors could be nearly as good.

I love the composition and the scale afforded by the person in the shot. However, I would have been tempted to try and clone out the tyre tracks. I'd keep the foot prints but if the tire tracks weren't there it would add to the story of this guy being isolated on a dune in a sea of sand.......I love it when an image tells a story but leaves you wanting to finish the story off in your own mind.

comment by jelb at 11:42 PM (GMT) on 26 November, 2009

A very nice composition..Beautiful range of tones..bravo!

comment by Kevin H. Stecyk at 11:52 PM (GMT) on 26 November, 2009

Beautiful photograph David!

comment by Carlos Garcia at 04:52 AM (GMT) on 27 November, 2009

"And I think to myself... what a wonderful world..."

and... what a wonderful photograph.


comment by Laura Abigail at 12:21 AM (GMT) on 29 November, 2009

Very beautiful!

comment by djn1 at 02:53 PM (GMT) on 29 November, 2009

Thanks everyone :)

comment by Frank S. at 03:44 PM (GMT) on 29 November, 2009

S U P E R B !!!
Frank S.

comment by John at 04:44 AM (GMT) on 1 December, 2009

Awesome mood in this shot ! Amazing that you can make the desert seem so cold. Definitely feels like he is in deep trouble.

comment by Rob at 05:54 AM (GMT) on 1 December, 2009

Gorgeous all'round.

comment by djn1 at 06:21 AM (GMT) on 2 December, 2009

Thanks everyone :)

comment by minimodi at 11:08 AM (GMT) on 9 December, 2009

fantastic shot. iconic!