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Photographically Speaking: A Deeper Look at Creating Stronger Images by David duChemin

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The Pour, Sahara Desert, Tunisia, 2008

“THE POUR” IS A PORTRAIT of a guide I hired in Douz, Tunisia, to take me out into the Sahara. He was an intense man, and was so focused on serving us and so free from the burden of any English whatsoever that my experience of him revolved entirely around his hospitality.

The vertical orientation of the 2:3 frame gives the frame the verticality that it needs to tell the story. The two main elements are the man and his work, both vertical: the man, even leaning, is primarily vertical, and the kettle and line of water drops are also vertical. The frame exaggerates that, leading the eye from top to bottom more than a horizontal frame would’ve done.

Before we talk about the placement of the elements—and I think ...

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