No this is not a painting. No this is not graphic design. This is a photograph. Anyone who sees this photograph (taken by Frans Lanting of National Geographic) thinks it’s photoshopped. In reality, the tinted orange background is produced by a soaring dune shined by the morning sun – a backdrop for the hulks of camel thorn trees in Namib-Naukluft Park. If you want to take a closer look of where this photo was taken check out this 360 degree view and a panorama.
Here is an explanation on how it was shot: