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Playing It Cool
Photograph by Michael Yamashita

Sweltering heat in Bandar-e Abbas, a port city in Iran, sends a fisherman’s son into the shallows of the Strait of Hormuz. The Polos may have traveled to this shore to find a boat to take them to China. Wrote Marco in The Description of the World: “Their ships are very bad and many of them are lost because they are not nailed with iron pins.” The Polos chose to turn around and brave a crossing of the Dasht-e Lut, the “desert of emptiness.”



Camera: EOS-1
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 70-200mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/25 @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: Late afternoon
Lighting Techniques: Natural light





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