Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa

Three women jump in the air at the same time on the Etosha salt pan. All three women raise their arms above them pointing into the sky. A happy bunch of women. Model releases are available.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 11 September, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a Canon EOS-1D X and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/10
  • Exposure time: 1/2000s
  • ISO: 800
  • Focal Length: 40mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 3948 by 2633 pixels (WxH).

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As the three women jump, the backdrop is by an incredible view of the Etosha Salt Pan in Namibia. The salty textured ground takes up the bottom of the photograph. On the other hand, the top half is of the beautiful blue sky. There are some very soft hazy clouds just above the horizon line. These three women pop up as major subjects.

The salt pan is a vast, bare, expanse of shimmering green and white. Furthermore, it extends about 4,800 square km / 3000 square miles, which is almost a quarter of the entire Etosha National Park. Therefore, it is, without a doubt, one of the biggest salt pans in Africa. It is even visible from space. Undoubtedly the pan was originally a lake, but over time the earth’s climate forced the rivers that once fed the lake to change course and flow into the Atlantic Ocean.

The language of the Ovambo tribe gave meaning to the name ‘Etosha’ that translates to ‘great white place.’ Indeed, that pan was first formed over 100 million years ago. Furthermore, salt springs on the pan have now built up little hillocks of clay and salt, which are used by some of the park’s wildlife.

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