I was still a child when I marvelled for the first time at the several centuries old camel thorn trees in the Deadvlei in a collection of photographs. A unique landscape which is actually untypical of nature, because the shapes are so clear and simple. A graphic landscape. Of course, I couldn’t miss that on my first trip to Namibia. You trudge through the hot sand for a mile to find yourself then surrounded by the orange-coloured dunes of this natural wonder. While I was taking the photograph, the wind was giving me trouble. The air was clear and the sun was setting in a leisurely manner on the horizon.
Technical Info: Canon EOS 5DII | Canon EF 4/70-200mm L | ISO 100 | 1/10sec | f13 | Polarizer
Award Winner: Photo of the Day | February 09
Title of the photograph: Deadvlei
Photo of the Day Award Category: Landscape Photography
Photograph Location: Namib Desert | Namibia
Photographer: Rainer Mirau (Baden, Austria)
Rainer Mirau was born in 1976 in Vienna and have lived since his early childhood in Baden, an idyllic small town on the edge of the Vienna Forest. In his youth, he often travelled with a backpack and a tent. Now, he is often on the road in his camping van in the Alps and in Northern Europe.
His interest in landscape photography was awakened by first trips to Scandinavia. With his father‘s Olympus OM-1 and through studying various books by photographers such as Andreas Feininger, Ansel Adams or Fritz Pölking, he learned the rules of photography time after time. In 2005, he rediscovered his passion for photography and have pursued it since then with a lot of energy and joy.
Spending time in natural surroundings regularly is not just recreation and inspiration for Rainer Mirau, but is a necessity in order to lead a balanced life. For him, nature photography is the ideal occupation, as he can thus live out his creativity and grapple with technology (that whole big toy!) and in the process, still experience beautiful moments in nature as well.
Numerous publications and successes in international competitions motivates him to continue on his path as a photographer.