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

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Burning Bush, Lake Naivasha, Kenya, 2010

I PHOTOGRAPHED “BURNING BUSH” ON Crescent Island on Lake Naivasha in Kenya. It was an astonishing day of clouds in formations I’d never seen, but it wasn’t until this column of smoke began to form, elongate, and drift that I saw potential for something special. The title obviously implies a connection to the biblical story of Moses’ encounter with God in a bush that burned yet wasn’t consumed, but also reminded me of the eventual train of refugees that left Egypt in a hurry, and according to the narrative, followed God as He appeared in a column of fire by night and a pillar of smoke by day.

The most obvious framing for this was vertical, and while I say it’s obvious, I know a full half of the photographers ...

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