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Dinner Hour in the Desert

Dinner Hour in the Desert
Photograph by George Steinmetz

Bypassing the undrinkably salty waters of a Badain Jaran lake, Bactrian camels head into the surrounding dunes to forage among patches of vegetation. Able to carry 500 pounds (200 kilograms) each and requiring water only every five to seven days, the Central Asian natives remain an important form of transportation in China’s sand seas.



Camera: Nikon 8008
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: 300mm f2.8
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f2.8
Weather Conditions: Clear
Time of Day: Just before sunset
Lighting Techniques: Available light

Special Equipment or Comments:
I arrived in this roadless area by camel.


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