by Joao Víctor
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Some people really enjoy taking pictures of beaches. I do, too.

My family and I were visiting the city of Saquarema (not many miles away from Rio de Janeiro, if you're interested) and, of course, the family camera was used ;)

I really liked some of the pictures, but I thought this one could look good in black and white.

The original picture seems to have too much "information", and taking colors away solves the problem. I really like the water hitting the waves and the clouds on the top right (I love photographing clouds!).

If there's any tip I could give, I suggest cloud photographers to include the horizon in the pictures of clouds. It gives you an idea of how big the cloud is.

Picture taken on February 19th, 2007.

Saquarema is known as Brazil’s surfing capital. There are a few beaches there, so that makes it a great place for us photographers!

It’s often true that changing a photo from colour to black and white can make a dramatic change to a picture, as Joao has done here. (Read more about black and white digital photography)

Thanks for the tip on getting some clouds into our travel photos, and to include the horizon too.


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Mar 07, 2008
round look
by: Anonymous

very nice "round looking picture." I like the foreground effect that lets you know your on a hill "peering over". Could you get the same effect without the man made posts though?

Feb 28, 2008
Good Afternoon light effect
by: Amit

Picture taken from a hight to cover the most of the area. Looks great.

Also the afternoon 1.00 pm light has given enough light to shoot the photograph.

Jan 18, 2008

Just wanted to say I like your photo.

I like the drama of the photo. It looks quite romantic!

Jan 05, 2008
Good for walking

I like your photo. I think it being black and white makes it look bracing.

I can picture myself walking along the path there, with the sea breeze in my face.

I'll have to go to Brazil someday!

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