The real photo that looks fake

 The background is a sand dune 
"tinted orange by the morning sun."

This photograph, called Camel Thorn Trees, was taken at the Namib-Naukluft park in Namibia by Frans Lanting for National Geographic Magazine. The composition, intense colors and a foreshortening effect that flattens the image makes it look more fake than real. (I'm also fooled by the light orange spots in the background - what are those?)

Similar trees and background, shown in a less abstract way.

The above photo looks more "real." It was taken in Dead Vlei, Namibia and submitted to National Geographic by Fedorico Vettorato.

Photo of the Day - Camel Thorn Trees, Namibia, National Geographic>>
The story the photo illustrated is from June 2011: "Africa's Super Park."

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