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Photographer Captures Quiet Magnificence in One of many World’s Most Populated Nations

Bangladesh is full of folks. The South Asian nation has the tenth-highest inhabitants density on the earth, at roughly 3,750 folks per sq. mile — thrice that of India, its enormous neighbor to the east.

a herd of sheep walking across a beach next to a body of water: Marine Drive Road, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

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Marine Drive Highway, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

However beautiful patches of nature additionally stay throughout the nation’s 53,300 sq. miles, roughly the identical measurement as Pennsylvania — largely in Bangladesh’s northeast. That sector of the nation is dominated by “hoars,” a community of lakes and associated wetland ecosystems that replenish in the course of the monsoon season with runoff water from rivers and canals, forming enormous inland expanses of water the place the few villages appear to be tiny islands.

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That is the place you may discover Tafsir Ahmed Khan squinting via a viewfinder to seize beautiful images of nature.

“I observe many international photographers and noticed them taking stunning images of their nations. Nonetheless, I could not discover many in my very own nation.,” he mentioned. “Then I figured, why not take some creative images right here? That is the place the journey started.”

He bought a digital camera in 2016 and located himself specializing in the hoars, and on nights dominated by the heavens overhead.

a person standing next to a body of water: Tasfir Ahmed Kahn creates a calming scene in the tourist town of Cox’s Bazar by shooting out onto the Bay of Bengal. @tafsirahmedphoto/Zenger

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Tasfir Ahmed Kahn creates a chilled scene within the vacationer city of Cox’s Bazar by capturing out onto the Bay of Bengal. @tafsirahmedphoto/Zenger

His Instagram account additionally exhibits beautiful photos of city settings: highrise buildings sitting adjoining to water and scenes of the Bay of Bengal.

The hoars, he mentioned, “are tough to get to and will be harmful, so [typically] solely locals go. As well as, the countryside is barely accessible for a brief time period [typically one to three months of the year], and it’s usually submerged. … I’ve by no means been in the course of the dry season.”

Khan has this recommendation for would-be nature photojournalists: “I all the time search for a robust foreground, and as soon as I’ve discovered one I search for an total composition. Earlier than I am going wherever, I look on social media and seek for current images of that location to get a really feel for it.”

a man that is on fire: Through the magic of digital photography, a single image can capture both the crackling of an evening campfire and the quiet wonder of the Milky Way galaxy. @tafsirahmedphoto/Zenger

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By way of the magic of digital pictures, a single picture can seize each the crackling of a night campfire and the quiet marvel of the Milky Means galaxy. @tafsirahmedphoto/Zenger

He additionally makes use of instruments like a impartial density filter for his long-exposure photographs, which makes the water and clouds in his photos seem “actually easy,” an impact he likes. Typically he mounts a round polarizer filter on his lens to chop down on reflections.

Kahn mentioned high-priced, subtle gear is not essential to create memorable photos: “I need to encourage folks to place extra emphasis on talent constructing, fairly than shopping for.”

a sunset over a body of water: Khan begins composing each of his images by focusing on an interesting element in the foreground. He also checks social media to see who has shot there and “get a feel” for the place. @tafsirahmedphoto/Zenger

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Khan begins composing every of his photos by specializing in an fascinating component within the foreground. He additionally checks social media to see who has shot there and “get a really feel” for the place. @tafsirahmedphoto/Zenger

However he’s involved that local weather change is a worrisome menace to the character scenes he captures on reminiscence playing cards. “As an illustration, gentle air pollution is affecting my astrophotography now, which was not that distinguished 5 years in the past,” Kahn mentioned.

This story was supplied to Newsweek by Zenger Information.

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