A praise of immobility   183027
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Location: Erg Chebbi (768 m)      by: Pedrotti Alberto
Area: Morocco      Date:
Resting on the dune, under the full moon.
Four horizontal shots, with control points placed on the animals (!!).
Zoom 70-300, 220(x1.5) mm, 1/320 sec, F/8, ISO 100.


A really good motif and perspective. KR Jan.
2013/04/03 21:16 , Jan Lindgaard Rasmussen
Per i miei gusti, è un capolavoro.
2013/04/03 21:25 , Giuseppe Marzulli
An absolute dream !!!
2013/04/03 22:20 , Christoph Seger
So you were in Erg Chebbi last week (while I was enjoying powder snow rather than sand) - and apparently no rain :-) Great shot. Cheers, Martin
2013/04/03 22:38 , Martin Kraus
awesome ... 
great work!! Well done - cheers, Hans-Jörg
2013/04/03 23:20 , Hans-Jörg Bäuerle
Belissima, davvero impressionante questa foto!
Cari saluti Patrick
2013/04/04 08:00 , Patrick Runggaldier
Very nice and also very funny!
2013/04/04 08:36 , Jens Vischer
Hi Alberto 
I was wondering what focal lengths you did use and what aperture to get this nice contrast - a quite sharp dune and the moon in a rather impressionistic style ...
2013/04/04 10:45 , Christoph Seger
The data say: 1/320 sec, f/8, ISO 100, with the zoom 70-300 at 220 mm.
Actually, it was the circumstance of having the 70-300 mounted that led me to the foolish idea of a panorama which relied heavily on the immobility of the animals. Namely, the sand-blowing wind suggested not to attempt any lens change on my D7000.
So, instead of relying on the spare Powershot G9, I moved several steps further, in order to use a rather big focal length, enhancing the presence of the moon - at the expense of DOF, as you correctly point out.
2013/04/04 18:39 , Pedrotti Alberto
Thank you for sharing these interesting details!
2013/04/06 19:30 , Christoph Seger
Christoph: the original answer was more extended, featuring also a "bonus" story:
The sand of the Sahara is rather fatal for cameras, even for compact ones. In 2007, when I cycled the 160 km piste from Mhamid to Foum Zguid, after few weeks I had to throw away my Powershot G7.
To be honest, there may be also other problems on its pistes. That 25-12-2007, after some 40 km I realized that in the pannier a sharp sardine can had perched the big plastic bottle near to it. So, I found myself with very few water for the next 120 kms... At a certain point, I located an oasis which seemed to host some touristic structures. When I attempted to enter its walls, I realized how at that late hour they had freed the dogs, which I had to escape pedalling desperately along half of the wall circle. When the dogs finally stopped chasing me, I found myself on the border of the desert, in the darkness. I took out from the pannier my headlamp, and turned it around, in search for anything that could help my confused ideas. After few minutes, I realized that few metres before me was burning an extremely dim light, presumably relying on batteries very close to death. Behind that light there was a man who, however in civilian dresses, turned out to be a soldier coming from a nearby post for observation of the Algerian border, which lies only 12 km from the piste. He spoke only Arabic, but waving his hands he invited me to follow him on the hill. He had another companion there, and they shared their dinner with me. At a certain point, the nearly full moon rose from the desert: they rolled out a carpet on the stony hammada and began their prayer to Allah, while I was still working at noodles and vegetables - which, by the way, turned out to be fatal for my bowel in the subsequent hours.

Martin: few days later I was on the snow as well, since on Easter Sunday I fulfilled my old desire of climbing the highest mountain of the northern High Atlas, namely, Jebel Ayachi. The photos are not interesting enough to be published here: I would be ejected from the community if I did!
However, I have prepared something for Panoramio (the summit view is www.panoramio.com/photo/88438747) since I realized that on Google Earth the mountain is photographically "blank on the map", with the exception of some misplaced or irrelevant works.

Thanks to everybody for viewing and commenting.
2013/04/06 22:02 , Pedrotti Alberto
@Alberto - the Ayachi view on panoramio looks promising and has raised my curiosity -what I read about Ayachi sounds like a wild and remote area. I'm sure you won't be veicted from the community if you show it here :-) In any case, the quality of the story and the originality of the scene should make up for anything you deem less than perfect in the picture. Cheers, Martin
2013/04/07 22:33 , Martin Kraus
I would love to see the Ayachi view on p-p. I think it shows a wild and untouched landscape far beyond the imaginary power of most of us. And you have been there - that is quite special, for me as special as your Mongolian pictures.
Herzlichst Christoph
2013/04/07 22:52 , Christoph Seger
Well, I will obey and post some Ayachi material, also because I am curious to see if Martin's Cicerone guide says anything about the Ayachi. For me, it has been one of those strange places which, even once you have visited them, remain as mysterious as they were before, if not even more.
I need only to choose among the "neutral" summit material and some beautiful panorama from down.
A little curiosity about "beautiful vs. interesting", and also about the craziness of the net. On the Google servers, my most linked image from Morocco is a totally "neutral" one, having nothing but the feature to be placed on a mountain which is the "poor brother" of the Toubkal. Here is the list of links: www.panoramio.com/photo/70747797/stats most of which seem to have nothing to do with the place!!
2013/04/07 23:53 , Pedrotti Alberto
Don't get your point about the both beautiful and interesting view from Timesguida - the URL above shows view statistics, not links.
Actually an especially interesting picture for me, as it gives the opposite angle on Ras Ouanoukrim than my very first pano on this site (#1648). Do you have more material to the right and left to make this yet another candidate for p-p.?
Cheers, Martin
2013/04/08 07:08 , Martin Kraus
Hi Alberto 
We only can see the link overview but not the detailed lists - most likely because we are not the owner of the picture, which is by the way very interesting.
Kind regards Christoph
2013/04/08 07:15 , Christoph Seger
It's a pity that you don't have access to that page... I would have been curious to hear an opinion about why and how one who searches the web, say, for "Novgorod", finds himself directed to my Timesguida photo!
No, unfortunately these were prehistoric times for me in terms of panorama photography. I do not own more pixels, which is a shame especially on the right side, where the Dome d'Ifni ridge stands out so beautifully in its bright orange colour.
Martin, if you like to see also Jebel Toubkal "from the other side", I recommend you to have a look at www.panoramio.com/photo/70670975
In your "first" one can clearly see the couloir descending from the Ouanoukrim double summit, couloir that I was to discover and to follow with great amusement half an hour after having shot the Timesguida "half-pano"... It is a must also for the people (always more numerous) going to the region in search for a ski-touring adventure.
2013/04/08 10:52 , Pedrotti Alberto
Crazy!!! :-)
2013/04/08 16:17 , Sebastian Becher

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