Laureen Warrington
M-Mission Photography Award
Merit in Photography
SoJie 18, August 2012

A sand landscape from the Dahna Dunes 200 kilometres from Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. I produced this shot as part of SoJie 16 however was unable to complete it until after I returned home to Brisbane.

The original shot was dull and lifeless as it was taken in the middle of the day in 120+ degree heat (around 50C) with a dull grey sky. I have used PS to work on the colour of the sand and the sky so it has been heavily modified. This is what I prefer to see…. and that lead to the title. What I saw was dull and lifeless and extremely hot. What I dreamed was warm and inviting and beautiful!

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  • Damienne Bingham
    Damienne Binghamover 2 years ago

    Stunning image, Pete! Again, you may or may not have inteded this – but you’ve created a wonderfully abstract feel here. Reminds me of colour field paintings like Mark Rothko. Beautiful work!

  • Thanks Damienne! I know those dunes well and was disappointed at the scene before me, then realised I could resolve the issues with PS and a bit of thought! Thanks for your kind comments!

    – Peter Doré

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 2 years ago

    What incredible colours!

  • Thanks David…. I was dreaming abut those lovely weather colours and recreated them in this work!

    – Peter Doré

  • Tom Vaughan
    Tom Vaughanover 2 years ago

    well-modified, then.. it’s beautiful and inviting.

  • Thanks Tom, much appreciated.

    – Peter Doré

  • Kathie Nichols
    Kathie Nicholsover 2 years ago

    Oh wow, awesome photography Pete :)))

  • Thanks Kathie. I expect to go back again in a few weeks…. so will see what I can do then as well..!

    – Peter Doré

  • John Sharp
    John Sharpover 2 years ago

    Great shot Peter. Amazing colours with impact.
    It was well worth the dream.

  • Cheers, John. Thanks!

    – Peter Doré

  • ZWC Photography
    ZWC Photographyover 2 years ago

    Absolutely stunning – simply beautiful. A fav, for sure. Aloha

  • Cheers, Thanks!

    – Peter Doré

  • Maria  Moro
    Maria Moroover 2 years ago

  • Thanks Maria!

    – Peter Doré

  • Karen Willshaw
    Karen Willshawover 2 years ago

    Absolutely LOVE the contrast of the sand and sky. What an amazing sight! Instant FAV.

  • Thanks Karen! :)

    – Peter Doré

  • Fran53
    Fran53over 2 years ago

    A great example of “less is more” Peter.

  • Thanks very much!

    – Peter Doré

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyover 2 years ago

    Brilliant work Peter – Love it x

  • Thanks Gail!!

    – Peter Doré

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