I made it to Sossusvlei in time for sunset and gave in to an early night in order to be up at 5am for sunrise photography of the dead vlei. I only spent a day there before continuing on to Ludritz though looking at the pictures I got I now realise it deserved more time.  So much about great photography is light, dictated by being in the right place at the right time, sometimes this just happens but more often than not it requires planning and patience.  The photographers who spend a week there, getting up before the sun every morning, just to learn how the shadows are cast by a particular tree and to plan the shot for the same time the next day are the ones that will win the ultimate prize and produce the works we see in magazines and exhibits.