Amazon Sunset
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Santarem, Brazil, August 2008. D300, ISO=200, 70-300 VR at 300mm, f8 at 1/350. I spent about a week of sunsets on the town waterfront, hoping a riverboat would cross the setting sun.
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Location: Spokane WA US
Posts: 9
Mon 09-March-2009 09:30 Rating: 8 

Great sunset and boat sillohette. I would lose the small boat in the foreground and crop the top out.

Location: newark CA US
Posts: 15
Tue 10-March-2009 06:43 Rating: 8 

Great sillohuette. I agree with Dgarrood, the boat in the foreground is a little distracting.
Kit Sims Taylor
Location: Kingston WA US
Posts: 1,883
Wed 11-March-2009 01:16

Thank you for the comments. I have cropped this one a couple of different ways. The full photo is a vertical, with a lot more sky and a few flying birds, but that only looks good as a large print -- I've printed it as a 16x21". I've also done a crop of just the boat and sun as a horizontal, and printed that one as a card, which is about as large as I can print it with the few pixels to work with from such a severe crop.

Location: El Cajon CA US
Posts: 61
Thu 12-March-2009 01:35

Stunning work. No problem with the message. I like the smaller boat. Adds depth and still leads the eye back to the focal point. Brilliant actually.
What I really like are the silhouettes of the men on the main vessel.
Nicely done.
Kit Sims Taylor
Location: Kingston WA US
Posts: 1,883
Thu 12-March-2009 02:14

Thank you for the comments. I did have several other shots of riverboats crossing the setting sun, but no others with such an interesting open sillouette. Santarem is just a couple of degrees from the Equator and is in the region with the most distinct dry season in the Amazon. The days were brutally hot. When it began to cool down much of the town showed up on the orla, the riverfront walkway. I was able to photograph fishermen casting their nets from small boats just befor sunset, then shoot the sunsets, then the people strolling or jogging along the orla.

Location: NAZILLI TR
Posts: 27
Fri 20-March-2009 05:53 Rating: 8 

very good shot,sunset,fisherman and boat,very rich

Location: Kingston ON CA
Posts: 2,889
Tue 26-January-2010 09:34

Very nice. Small boat in foreground adds to image. Peter

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Location: Glen Allen VA US
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Sat 01-May-2010 07:45 Rating: 10 

Magnificent. In all regards a fine photograph.

Location: CA US
Posts: 5
Wed 26-May-2010 11:20 Rating: 10 

IMHO is just perfect the way it is, it adds dimension to the photo the eye follows a natural flow it’s like the person on the small boat is contemplating the sunset and not you.