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Deadvlei, Namibia.

For a long time I’ve been wanting to show Deadvlei in a way that no one has ever seen it before. My idea involved fog and the use of strong backlight. It’s one thing to photograph something you can actually see, but it’s a lot more complicating when the image is a vision inside your head and you still have to figure out how to make it happen. Another complicating matter was that fog is quite rare in Deadvlei as it only happens about four or five times a year, so it took me many visits over several years before I was finally able to do it. I had already picked the perfect tree and my composition years ago, so when I arrived in total darkness that one morning and saw that there was fog in Deadvlei, I knew exactly where to go and what to do. I took the shot just before sunrise with an 800 lumens flashlight.