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Ursula Rodgers Photography Award
Excellence in Light and Composition
SoJie 16, June 2012

Deep tones in the dune set upon by the dropping sun. This shot is taken in Abu Dhabi, UAE, way down past Liwa. A hard hike through huge sand dunes takes me into a surreal world where all that exists, all that can be seen is sand and sky. At sunset the sand takes on such a variety of hues that it amazes me every time to do it.
Pentax 67II, 45mm lens. Velvia 50 film. Scanned using my Epson V700 through Photoshop.
Dedicated to those who carry the larger, heavier camera and work hard as they hike through inhospitable places to get that one lovely shot!

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  • Andy Newman
    Andy Newmanover 4 years ago

    Wow, that is great. A wonderful exposure.

  • Cheers, Andy. This is a Pentax 67 shot on Velvia. That’s a heavy thing to cart around the dunes but it does a great job!

    – Peter Doré

  • Yannik Hay
    Yannik Hayabout 4 years ago

    Superb! I love the sun beams and way that the dark brown sand dunes are lit. This is very special! Take care :)

  • Thanks Yan. Much appreciated.

    – Peter Doré

  • Mieke Boynton
    Mieke Boyntonabout 3 years ago

    Stunning. Simply superb.

  • Thanks! I did love those big dunes!

    – Peter Doré

  • supergold
    supergoldabout 3 years ago

    I like sunsets, and this is a wonderful capture

  • Thank You!!

    – Peter Doré

  • Michael Treloar
    Michael Treloarabout 3 years ago

    That is some beautiful light Peter.

  • Thanks Michael. It was a magical evening in the dunes..

    – Peter Doré

  • Lauren Tober
    Lauren Toberabout 3 years ago

    Wow, what a stunning image!

  • Thank you!

    – Peter Doré

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 3 years ago
  • Awesome stuff! Thanks very much.

    – Peter Doré

  • Chris Cobern
    Chris Cobernabout 3 years ago

    An absolutely stunning photo – the sun’s rays and sand dune outlines are beautiful.

  • Thanks Chris!

    – Peter Doré

  • Bill  Robinson
    Bill Robinsonabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful image.

  • Cheers, Bill! Thanks!

    – Peter Doré

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusabout 3 years ago

    Super fantastic work!!
    Deb, your host
    October 7, 2011

  • Wow! Thanks Deb, that’s fantastic!

    – Peter Doré

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