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On the River to Timbuktu
 
Sand dunes east of Timbuktu

"You have huge dunes all alongside this part of the river, and behind these dunes you have small villages. The women here are crossing the dunes to take water from the Niger. This place is really the meeting point of the river and the Sahara."

—Photographer Rémi Bénali

Photography Notes

  • Film: Fuji Velvia
  • Camera: Nikon F4
  • Lens: Nikon 200mm telelens
  • Shutter speed: 1/250
  • Aperture: f/6
  • Time of day: 2 p.m.

"I wanted badly to go on the sand to take this picture, but I had a schedule to respect. Photography is always a compromise of aperture and speed, and a compromise of time. The difference between the professional and the amateur is that an amateur is on vacation—he has time.

"A professional has to be good with a short amount of time. The best I could do was to take this picture from the boat, with a telephoto lens. Still, it is graphic—you see the two pirogues, the dunes, the women walking, the kids behind."

 
 


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