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What amazed me about this Peruvian sunset was the dozens and dozens of people posing as serious photographers - and shooting this scene with their cell phone cameras. I held the only SLR camera - my faithful Canon 70D. Click, click, click!
 

MANCORA, PERU: Sunset shots are generally easy - you're not sound asleep (sunrise shots?), so you can point and shoot with a fair chance of success. The drama of day's end also makes sunset photos eyeball grabbers, so they're popular with your viewers.

That said I'm always looking for that something extra to set my sunset shots on another level. And in Peru, two months ago, I found it in the little seaside surfing town of Mancora. There was the atun (tuna) fleet anchored picturesquely off-shore - and a blazing finale to the day. Everybody was snapping away with their cell phone cameras (ugh, sorry we all have our prejudices!) I took photos, too. The best shots, in my humble opinion, are right before the sun sinks below the horizon. So I patiently keep my powder dry... then snap!

Then it happened. With the rest of the beach crowd already drifting off for sundowners, this female horseback rider quietly slipped into the picture. Oh boy! That changed everything. I clicked off several shots and then - thunk - the sun set. That last gasp of the day is often only a couple of minutes long, so having your camera and your attention focused is all important.

There's one other small reason this shot works. It isn't posed. In our relentless selfie era it seems everything is posed - with the false feeling that accompanies staged pictures. So try and see what life looks like through your camera lens , cell phone or not -and grab that photo - before your, fugurative sun sets!


ALWAYS KEEP YOUR CAMERA READY, INCLUDING NECESSARY ADJUSTMENTS TO YOUR ISO SPEED SETTINGS. GREAT PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES OFTEN EXIST - FOR JUST A HEARTBEAT!
 






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