Our photo pick of the week nº4

Written by David/Photos by Michelle & David

Our last Pick of the Week found us in Paracas (Perú) during summer 2014, with an inspiring symmetric picture of the pier of our hotel on our way to Islas Ballestas. On the very same day we took that photo, Michelle decided to go for an evening massage and I went strolling along the beach to explore the area for some more catches before our departure back to Lima.

Due to its unique location, it turns out that the south of Paracas area has one of the most beautiful sunsets in the country and today I want to share it with you all through the gorgeous and well timed picture below.

Want to know why the sunset in this picture has this lovely golden hue? Then stay with me a bit longer and continue reading.


Golden sunset in Paracas, Perú

Sony SLT A55 | Sony DT 18-205mm F3.5-6.3 | ISO1600 | 18mm | ƒ/10 | 1/1000s

At the time of the year this picture was taken (the end of July 2014) the sun sets over a dune peninsula that protects the natural harbour of Paracas. We know from school that the sun sets always in the west but The Photographer’s Ephemeris can be used to identify the exact sunset direction which crosses the north of the desert area in the west of Paracas, the direction in which I pointed my camera for this picture.

After a slightly breezy day, you might already have guessed by now that the dust of the desert sands is the magic ingredient that gives the exquisite golden tint to the light of our pick for this week. Just Mother Nature (or Pachamama as the Incas called her), no additional filters or post-processing required!

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Happy travelling!

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