Sunset Reader

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I'm still not super comfortable about "street photography", though I forced myself to ask this woman if I could take a few photos, when I saw her sitting and reading on the rocks while I was there to try to capture the sunset. I was really happy with the results, though I have no idea who she is. 🙂  (I gave her one of the cards I carry to let people know how to reach me so I can send them copies of the photos, for those who agree to let me point my camera at them, but either she wasn't interested or the email got lost in a spam folder somewhere.)

I think what makes this photo work for me is the angled lines created by the clouds and then the rocks, creating a sideways triangle of sorts. I like how the sun and the woman's silhouette compete for initial attention, with the reflected sunlight on the water helping to draw the eye... I find myself going from sun to woman to reflection to sun, etc. 

While I'm still uncomfortable taking pictures without permission, I do have to admit that I've really come to love taking landscape photos with people in them. It opens up so many possibilities and makes otherwise standard photos become much more interesting. 

I ended up with two versions of this shot that I liked, though the main one above was my favorite between the two. The second shot, however, shows more water, and has the birds and boat as additional background interest. But the pose and sky in the first one were strong, I thought. 

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Camera Settings

Camera: Canon EOS 80D
F-stop: f/13
Exposure: 1/125 seconds
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 35mm