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Photography Essentials: Waiting for the Light by David Noton

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Hikers near Mount Cook, Aoraki National Park, South Island, New Zealand

There’s no better way to give a sense of scale than to incorporate human figures into the shot. I’m shouting instructions across to my wife and brother-in-law to get them to pose in a suitably intrepid manner. The first sunlight of the day is playing across the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps, silhouetting my reluctant models. If I were to move back the perspective of the mountains would appear bigger in relation to the figures, but I feel Wendy and Simon would be somewhat lost in the image, and they’re doing a sterling job. Crawling out of your sleeping bag pre-dawn ...

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