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Sahara Desert At Sunrise
Photo By Andrew Newey

  • Title: Sahara Desert At Sunrise
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  • Country: Morocco
  • Nearest 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!
  • Best Season: Spring
  • Gear: Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II - Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
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