June 2016, we trekked seventy kilometres through the Badain Jaran, which is part of the Gobi desert in China.
The executive summary:
phase one: Singapore –> Hong Kong –> Beijing –> Jinchang –> Alxa Youqin
phase two: walk, sand, camels, sand, fun, wind, sand, tents, sand, lake, sand, watermelons, sand, yoghurts and sand
phase three: the reverse of phase one
A 90 seconds, high level, executive, condensed, highlights-only, key summary video in HD of our trek is on
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I particularly like this desert portrait of Tim (who else….). The original is in color. I decided to convert it with Silver Efex Pro 2 (free plug-in from Google) to black and white, which accentuates the clouds nicely and the dunes’ shapes form such a perfect leading line to the model. Furthermore, the little cloud seemingly guarding over Tim acts like a gigantic flash light helping him to light-up his selfie.
The B&W pictures in the gallery were processed with Nik Colour Efex Pro 2 and Adobe Lightroom. For the pixel peepers: you will notice lots and lots of spots, especially in the darker areas of the pictures. Even though spot removal in Lightroom works well, removing hundreds of them is a lot of work. Lesson learnt: next time get the sensor cleaned before going on a trip.