Daily Travel Photo: Ipanema Beach Twilight

Ipanema Beach Sunset

Ipanemoa Beach at Dusk

Daily Travel Photo: Ipanema Beach Sunset


The Set Up

Ipanema, likely the most popular beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, must have the highest percentage of beautiful people in any one place in the world.  I couldn’t help but getting distracted from my job of photographing the scene by the gorgeous women walking by, laying in the sand, and posing for pictures from their friends.  However, I did get some shots, somehow.  The beach itself is also stunning, and although Brazil may have other beaches that would be ranked higher, it’s hard not to love Ipanema… and the women who strut their stuff along it.

The Shot

I’m a big fan of shots where the water has a smooth look to it, and that was something I was trying to get here.  As I started shooting I made the realization that the movement of people combined with the smoothness of the water and the still buildings along side would probably make for the best composition, and I eventually shot this, something completely different than what I had intended to shoot.  Remember to stay open to changing your vision when shooting.

I shot this photo at 19mm with an aperture of f16 and a shutterspeed of 10 seconds, ISO 100, and an exposure bias of +0.7 a stop.

What’s Next?

My time in Rio is coming to an end.  I am moving on to Sao Paulo.  But first, on Monday I have an article coming called “10 Things I Love about being in Brazil”

Author: Brendan van Son

Author: I am a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. Over my years as a travel photographer, I have visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than I have any desire to count. If you want to improve your skills, be sure to check out my travel photography channel on Youtube . Also, check out my profile on . to learn a little bit more about me and my work.

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  1. THIS PICTURE IS SICK MAN… just the right amount of lighting for the sunset and just enough darkness to make the shadows pop…. well done

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    • thanks buddy!

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  2. Very nice! Love the different shades of blue and the sky.

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