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Surreal Photograph of Camel Thorn Trees

Check out this photograph of camel thorn trees in Namibia shot by Frans Lanting. It looks like a painting but is actually a photograph…

Tinted orange by the morning sun, a soaring dune is the backdrop for the hulks of camel thorn trees in Namib-Naukluft Park.

Can your eyes and brain make any sense of it?

The photo will be appearing in the June 2011 issue of National Geographic which hits newsstands on May 31.

Africa’s Super Park (via kottke.org)


Update: In response to the photo going viral, National Geographic just published an interview with Lanting that sheds some light on this photo.


Image credit: Photograph by Frans Lanting/National Geographic and used with permission


 
 
  • http://www.mikedowning.uk Mike

    What a great shot this is, reminds me of Eyvind Earle’s background paintings for early Disney.

  • http://www.mikedowning.uk Mike

    What a great shot this is, reminds me of Eyvind Earle’s background paintings for early Disney.

  • unsilent majority

    Here’s a similar one to get an idea of what you are looking at:
     http://www.franslanting.com/stock/index.php?module=media&pId=102&id=57769&category=gallery/Places&start=0

  • http://www.kahokarl.com kahokarl

    I’ve long been in love with photographs that look more like paintings than reality :) This is marvelous!

  • http://ilhamsnapshots.blogspot.com/ ilhamks

     i still don’t believe it’s a pure shot of photograph. but…that was amazing. only a genious could do this…

  • Sfaulk

    Can anyone say HDR?

  • Anonymous

    I saw Frans Lanting give a lecture after he took this photograph and explained how he shot it.  Without that context, it’s really rather impossible to figure out how it’s shot.

    I won’t give away the secret :D

  • Farn33

    looks like he used a ND grad filter 

  • Zan

     infrared filter if anyone wanted to know, the classic orange and white give it away. 

  • Knownothing

    don’t you look like a Duffus

  • Vikrant Barun

    the orange background in a sand dune and the white particles are tiny rocks. The effect is due to the time of early sunrise, when sunlight is falling on the dune and not yet in the area of the trees. The trees it seems are on another dune.