There have been a couple late cancellations on Denis Glennon’s superb trips to Svalbard this fall and he has shared a new 2015 trip to Namibia. I have traveled to Namibia w/ Denis and can heartily recommend it.
Namibia is the photographic gift that keeps on giving. While I have been to the Sossus dunes many times, the Serra Cafema and Ongava Reserve were new to me. The wildlife is tremendous and the dusty atmosphere is magical.
Ever since I first saw Freeman Patterson’s work (http://www.freemanpatterson.com/) in the mid 1990s, I have wanted to go shoot in Kolmanskop. It was well worth the drive to this out-of-the-way corner of the Namibian desert. Diamonds were discovered here in 1908 and the town soon became very rich, but the diamonds were soon exhausted, and Kolmanskop was deserted by the mid 1950s. Now, as the paint continues to peel and the sands shift, it is a tremendous place to work the light and shadows.
We then headed due east to photograph one of the few extant kokerboom “forests.” These aloe trees grow sparsely among the rugged boulder landscape. We stayed there well into the night to get long exposures of the Milky Way.
I leave the wildlife and elephants behind and enter the haunting landscapes in the Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia.
Dry, parched lake beds that offer stark contrasting compositions. What a great place to photograph!
Here are some of the locations of the images in this slideshow:
•Sossusvlei (mud pan), The Namib Dessert, Namibia
•Aerials over Sossusvlei and from the Okavango, Botswana
•Pictures of his room at the Namibia lodge, Little Kulala Lodge.
•Dead Vlei (burned-looking trees in a dead lake), The Namib Desert, Namibia
Hey, I’m coming back here in January, 2012 to do an international workshop. Want to join me? Let my staff know you are interested.