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Hongoryn Els sand dunes in the Gobi

I am fascinated by sand dunes and photographed dunes all over the world.  On my Mongolia trip we spent two days at the Hongoryn Els sand dunes in the Gobi.  This was my third visit to these dunes and again I took hundreds of photos because they are always different.  This time we had good evening light on both days and on the second day we made arrangements with a camel herder to meet us in the evening with some of his Bactrian camels.  Here are a few photos from the dunes and our setup with the herder.

Ripples in the evening light. Nikon D4, Lens:24-70mm f/2.8G, Focal Length: 24mm, Focus Mode: AF-C, AF-Area Mode: Dynamic, 9 points, Aperture: f/9, Shutter Speed: 1/125s, Exposure Mode: Programmed Auto*, Exposure Comp.: -0.3EV, Metering: Matrix, ISO 100, Copyright: Wolfgang Kaehler

Ripples in the evening light.
Nikon D4, Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8G, Focal Length: 24mm, Focus Mode: AF-C, AF-Area Mode: Dynamic, 9 points, Aperture: f/9, Shutter Speed: 1/125s, Exposure Mode: Programmed Auto*, Exposure Comp.: -0.3EV, Metering: Matrix, ISO 100, Copyright: Wolfgang Kaehler

 

Bactrian camels in front of the dunes. Nikon D4, Lens:VR 70-200mm f/2.8G, Focal Length: 105mm, Focus Mode: AF-C, AF-Area Mode: Dynamic, 9 points, Aperture: f/8, Shutter Speed: 1/250s, Exposure Mode: Programmed Auto*, Exposure Comp.: -0.3EV, Metering: Matrix, ISO 100, Copyright: Wolfgang Kaehler

Bactrian camels in front of the dunes.
Nikon D4, Lens: VR 70-200mm f/2.8G, Focal Length: 105mm, Focus Mode: AF-C, AF-Area Mode: Dynamic, 9 points, Aperture: f/8, Shutter Speed: 1/250s, Exposure Mode: Programmed Auto*, Exposure Comp.: -0.3EV, Metering: Matrix, ISO 100, Copyright: Wolfgang Kaehler

 

Camel herder with Bactrian camels. Nikon D4, Lens:VR 70-200mm f/2.8G, Focal Length: 155mm, Focus Mode: AF-C, AF-Area Mode: Dynamic, 9 points, Aperture: f/5.6, Shutter Speed: 1/320s, Exposure Mode: Programmed Auto*, Exposure Comp.: -0.3EV, Metering: Matrix, ISO 200, Copyright: Wolfgang Kaehler

Camel herder with Bactrian camels.
Nikon D4, Lens: VR 70-200mm f/2.8G, Focal Length: 155mm, Focus Mode: AF-C, AF-Area Mode: Dynamic, 9 points, Aperture: f/5.6, Shutter Speed: 1/320s, Exposure Mode: Programmed Auto*, Exposure Comp.: -0.3EV, Metering: Matrix, ISO 200, Copyright: Wolfgang Kaehler

 

Camel herder with Bactrian camels. Nikon D4, Lens:VR 70-200mm f/2.8G, Focal Length: 130mm, Focus Mode: AF-C, AF-Area Mode: Dynamic, 9 points, Aperture: f/4.5, Shutter Speed: 1/200s, Exposure Mode: Programmed Auto*, Exposure Comp.: -0.3EV, Metering: Matrix, ISO 200, Copyright: Wolfgang Kaehler

Camel herder with Bactrian camels back lit by the evening sun.
Nikon D4, Lens: VR 70-200mm f/2.8G, Focal Length: 130mm, Focus Mode: AF-C, AF-Area Mode: Dynamic, 9 points, Aperture: f/4.5, Shutter Speed: 1/200s, Exposure Mode: Programmed Auto*, Exposure Comp.: -0.3EV, Metering: Matrix, ISO 200, Copyright: Wolfgang Kaehler

 

Camel herder with Bactrian camels silhouetted in the sunset. Nikon D3, Lens:24-70mm f/2.8G, Focal Length: 36mm, Focus Mode: AF-C, AF-Area Mode: Single, Aperture: f/4, Shutter Speed: 1/60s, Exposure Mode: Programmed Auto, Exposure Comp.: -0.3EV, Metering: Matrix, ISO 100, Copyright: Wolfgang Kaehler

Camel herder with Bactrian camels silhouetted in the sunset.
Nikon D3, Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8G, Focal Length: 36mm, Focus Mode: AF-C, AF-Area Mode: Single, Aperture: f/4, Shutter Speed: 1/60s, Exposure Mode: Programmed Auto, Exposure Comp.: -0.3EV, Metering: Matrix, ISO 100, Copyright: Wolfgang Kaehler

 

Before leaving Mongolia I had a meeting with my friends Gerel and Badral starting to plan the next trip for 2017.  If you are interested in a future trip to Mongolia, please email me: wolfgang@phototours.us

 

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