Started the day at 4:30am – off to the Quiver Tree Forest. We photographed the trees from before sunrise until around 8:30am, when it was time for breakfast. The soft morning light brings out the golden hue of the trees.
Following breakfast, Marsel critiqued our photographs, which I found to be very informative as he identified many areas for improvement. Everyone has taken some very remarkable photos thus far. It is very interesting to observe how everyone’s perspective differs on the same subject.
After a short rest, we headed into town (Keetmanshoop) for lunch, followed by a lecture on composition. With all this new information, we were off to the Giants Playground to shoot until after sunset. The Giants Playground is basically rocks, in piles and odd forms which goes on for miles. It is difficult to believe all these rocks are naturally placed.
We planned to shoot star trails tonight, so before returning for dinner, our cameras were setup to allow for scene composition while it is still somewhat light. After dinner we returned and captured some wonderful night shots. The night sky is spectacular in Namibia, with very little light pollution. To put it into perspective – think of a night sky in rural Manitoba, then multiply the number of visible stars by 100. We are definitely going to attempt more night shots and stars trails later in the trip.