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After some weeks, this weekend I finally had the chance of taking some new photos. It was an uncommonly warm winter Saturday so I decided for the beach (Sao Paulo is some 60 kilometers away from the sea).

I opted for the city of Guaruja, which despite being to big and touristy for my own taste is near, has very good access from Sao Paulo and offers an important infrastructure in terms of bars, restaurants and lodging all year round.

So it was a good day at a the beach, which ended up relaxing while enjoying an impressive sunset.

This has been a winter with very little rains in the region, so the air is very dry and with a lot dust and particles… ideal conditions for those orange flaming sunsets (you will find bonus shots in the WS).

For this post I selected the photo that I find is closest to that relaxing feeling of being by the sea, with nothing more important to do than watching the sun set over the hills on the other side of the bay.

In this case I wanted to enhance the presence of the foreground, so I tried bracketing the image with different EVs ( -1.0 / 0 / and +1.0) and combined the results using layers. The same RAW original was used for this. (Original exposure was compensated at –2/3 EVs); conversion was done with ACR.

Additional processing on combined image (PS CS): Levels (+ soft light transition at 100%); USM (100 / 0.2 / 0); resize, frame, USM (100 / 0.2 / 0); and save for TE.

Raw Capture at ISO 100 – f8.0 – 1/640s @ 50 mm – CP filter.

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