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Ilya, regarding your profile, it's never good enough, but as we try to improve the effort is always worthwhile.
My photographic results of this particular journey have left me unimpressed; I've seen my ass being resoundingly kicked (photographically) at least by one companion, a girl 6 years younger than myself. Most certainly, this journey can't possibly yield 5 A2 pages worth of photos like the one to Xinjiang did. So, in a sense, yes, it has reinforced my feeling of being "not good enough" photographically, but that has been totally eclipsed by other aspects - the camaraderie in the team (despite all of us being of different origin, age and gender), the thrill of discovery, the sense of being alive and active... all of which I miss in my daily life.
Good stuff! Looks like a tough location for mobility with equipment (or even without).
We were moving between location in vehicles, of course, and then venturing out on foot. The weather was pretty decent (except that morning on the dune, it was a nice mixture of rain and sandstorm most of the time), since it was early May - our captain was right to have chosen this season, as summer is very hot and all the vegetation is faded and burnt.
As for myself, moving around wasn't very difficult. I was carrying 2 cameras (one with a wide, one with the 70-200) and the remaining lens was in the chestvest. We were often sharing lenses between us (for example, when venturing into the canyon, I left my 70-200 in the car and offered one of the girls to "help" her carrying her 70-200 II. In the end I also took her Sigma 10-20 and wore it for most of that day, giving her my 16-35 instead. She didn't seem to complain.
When we see these seeds/fruits in spring, they usually have a wasp in residence. This one was vacant, making it a candidate for an indoor portrait. I used three 600EX-RT to highlight as much texture as I could, as well as the microscopic fibers around the stem. This is a focus stack of six shots.