FRED KEIJZER

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TOAST SAYS: Fred is from the Nether­lands – he took this photo on the edge of the Fish River Canyon in Namibia. Some land­scape pho­tog­ra­phers don’t like to in­clude a hu­man fig­ure in their shots, but I think it works well here. This is more than a land­scape photo – it’s a travel photo, and a good travel photo makes the viewer feel as if they’re present and part of the ac­tion. By pho­tograph­ing the per­son on the edge of the precipice, Fred makes you feel as if you’re also peer­ing down into the depths. The pres­ence of a per­son also brings some soul to the scene. You feel small next to such a nat­u­ral won­der. Look­ing at this pic­ture makes me pon­der the world and my place in it. The photo is a suc­cess be­cause Fred got the ba­sics right. He ad­hered to the rule of thirds and sit­u­ated his sub­ject about one third from the left of the frame. His model is also stand­ing proud of the hori­zon, which makes for a strong sil­hou­ette. The photo might have been im­proved had Fred taken the rule of thirds a step fur­ther and an­gled his cam­era down slightly to give the dusty land­scape two thirds of the frame. (At the mo­ment, sky and land­scape each fill half the frame.) It’s al­ways worth tak­ing a few dif­fer­ent shots of the same scene us­ing dif­fer­ent com­po­si­tions, then choos­ing the best one af­ter­wards.

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