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Friday, April 05, 2019
By Jim Zuckerman
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I set up this shot on my first trip to India in 1998. The addition of the human element -- when done well -- adds a powerful focal point to any environment, whether it be nature, architecture, or anything else. I hired these models in Jaiselmer, a city in the western part of Rajasthan, for a half day and photographed them in many different locations. This was my favorite place because they looked so good against the sand. I had them walk to the crest of the dune from the back side so they wouldn't leave footprints in the beautiful waves of sand. The original sky was solid blue, and that looked good -- but it wasn't as dramatic as the new sky I added. I shot this with a Mamiya RZ 67 and Fujicrhome 50 transparency film. I used a lens equivalent to a 24mm wide angle, and my lens aperture was probably f/32. The film was scanned with an Imacon Scanner to turn it into a digital file.

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