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The Magic of Composition

What transforms a good image into a great image? Of course, it requires technical skill and equipment of reasonable quality, but the magic is artistic – it’s that eye for composition, for colour and tone, for knowing what to leave in and what to leave out. Ultimately, that’s what creates images that engage us, delight us, raise questions or simply make us think “wow”.

America’s Canyonlands

The Canyonlands of Utah, Arizona and Nevada are both a photographer’s paradise and nemesis. This is a result of the hyper-reality of much of the landscape, which makes every image look like it’s been pushed through high-dynamic-range processing, and the limitless opportunities. If you just start taking photographs, even in an area as relatively limited as Kodachrome Basin (the name is no accident), it would be perfectly possible to spend 2 or 3 days taking fabulous shots with very different visual content.

However, when you’re confronted with the enormity of somewhere like Bryce Canyon, where colours also change throughout the day, it’s definitely a case of ‘less is more’. It may take only a few hours to cover the obvious locations, but days to fully explore its photographic potential.

These images are a selection from a two week journey through Zion Canyon, Red Rock Canyon, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Kodachrome Basin.

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