By Andrew Newey

Sahara Desert At Sunrise

Equipment Info
Canon Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II
State/Province/Region
OT
Country
MA
Town
Merzouga
Notes

Erg Chebbi is one of only two Saharan ergs, which is located in southeastern Morocco. Its distinctive ergs, (large sand dunes) can reach up to 150 meters high, and form a composite erg 22 km long (north-south) and 5 km wide. The locals believe that these dunes were sent as punishment for turning away a weary traveler from the desert, but for a landscape/travel photographer, they are for sure a blessing! After a short camel ride from my hotel to the base of the dune, followed by a long and exhausting climb to the top, I was greeted with a beautiful sunrise. The first rays of light catching the ripples of sand, bringing out the texture of the sand. I try to keep the post production work to a minimum, so all I have done to this image is remove the dust spots (I really need to clean the camera sensor more, especially in a desert environment!) and slightly increased the contrast & saturation. Apologies for the size of the image, but I have done this deliberately for several good reasons. More of my photos can be found at Andrew Newey: Travel Photography & Writing Thank you for looking and happy travelling!

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Date Added
July 24, 2010
Date Taken
July 24, 2010

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