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Lone Man # 5

Kaokoland, Namibia.

Camera : Sony A7rV H-Alpha modded

Lens : Sony 35mm F1.4 GM

Tracker : Rainbow Astro RST 135e

Tripod : Really Right Stuff TVC 45

Head : Arca Swiss D4

Sky = 240 secs, F2.8, Iso 800 tracked stack of 8

H-alpha = 300 secs, F2.8, Iso 800 tracked stack of 12

Stars = 30 secs, F2.8, Iso 800 tracked stack of 8

Ground = 480 secs, F2.8, iso 800, LENR

Light Painting = 10secs to 30 secs, F2.8, iso 800

Software = Pixinsight, Photoshop, Lightroom


In the far north west of Namibia lies Kaokoland, possibly one of the remotest and least inhabited places on Earth. Kaokoland is home to the ethnic group known as the Himba, but I came here in search of the Lone Men of Kaokoland. They are not marked on any map and blend seamlessly into the landscape making them, difficult to spot. The Lone men have been wired together using small rocks found in the area by artist, Trevor Nott and each of them has a small tag on them with their number and a small caption. Seen here is Lone man # 5 who says – “ Enough lounging, I need to keep moving”. Rumoured to be in excess of about 40 men of stone, I could discover only 18 of them, during my adventures in Kaokoland. The rest await me and for my next trip into the area ….. The clear skies in the area result in excellent seeing conditions and one can see many southern sky goodies such as the Carina Nebula and The Running Chicken nebula resolved to reasonable details for a widefield image. The Coal sack nebula and the dust clouds are represented too and if one looks closely enough, one can see the Gabriela Mistral nebula and numerous star clusters. The Southern Cross stands guard over the proceedings....

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