Quiver Tree Dawn (Kokerboom) – Valley of 1,000 Hills, Namibia – Jennie Lates
Sometimes you have to break the rules. In this case many people never like to shoot toward the sun unless they are taking landscape sunset or sunrise photos. Here is a great image by Jennie Lates that shows how great shapes shot in the direction of the sun can produce wonderful silhouette photos. This beautiful species of Aloe tree creates a very compelling silhouette with the sun peeking through its branches. Please read Jennie’s story below to learn a little bit more about this crazy looking tree and the details of her shot.
“Quiver Tree Dawn” was taken just after dawn on 25 August 2012 in Namib’s Valley of 1000 Hills, in southern Namibia.
The trees are quiver trees – aka Kokerboom or Aloe dichotoma. The name ‘quiver tree’ comes from the habit of the San people, or Bushmen, who use the branches of this species for making quivers to contain their poison arrows.
The photo was shot with Nikon D3100 camera and VR 55-2–mm f/4-5.6G lens with focal length of 55mm, focus mode AF-A, Aperture F/4, shutter speed 1/3200s, matrix metering and ISO 100, White balance – Direct sunlight, shot in JPEG.
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