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

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Hope, Sahara Desert, Tunisia, 2008

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Canon 5D, 17mm, 1/200 @ f/4, ISO 400

“HOPE” HAS A LOT GOING FOR IT, though I never quite accomplished what I wanted, which I’ll explain at the end. It’s been one of my best-selling images, and so in one sense I communicated something that resonates. However, sometimes we can do that unwittingly, even while failing to completely express the thing we wanted to.

“Hope” was framed horizontally but could, I think, have been framed vertically because the lines in this image are largely vertical. What kept me from doing so was the depth I achieved with both the horizontal frame and the ultra-wide angle lens. On top ...

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