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Over the past 5 years of shooting, this sunset takes the prize for the most red one by a long shot. I'm also confident that I won't see another such sunset in many years to come.

Sossusvlei and the 4x4 road was completely flooded so I had to use something else as a foreground for sunset and decided on these pans which are on the right side of a road just before the 4x4 parking lot. I found some great patterns and sunset was looking very promising, but it was raining quite softly. Not a problematic amount of rain though, so I set up and got ready. The rain slowly got heavier and heavier and by the time the sun dipped below the clouds for the climax, the pan had turned into a very slippery surface and where ever there was a slight gully there was water running down. I didn't have anything with which I could keep my camera dry because who takes an umbrella or a rain cover to the desert right?

My camera was set up very low and I was on all fours using my body to keep the camera dry. I felt like a tortoise and must have looked very stupid to the odd tourist driving by, but when the light is this good nothing else matters! The fact that it was raining and the whole ground was wet was instrumental in the intense color as the rain and wet surface reflects the light. By the time the color was gone I was completely soaked, from underwear to socks, but it was nice to cool down when its 45 degrees every day.

5D mk II, Zeiss 18mm, Lee 0.9 soft grad

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