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In some of Brazil’s beaches it is common to find people walking around selling food… crabs, shrimps, cheese, fruit… but my favorites are the ones that carry buckets filled with ice and day-catch oysters.

If you nod at them, they will sit by your side, hand you a half lemon… and start opening oysters until you say… please, no more! (The price is really cheap, and a dozen can go for about USD 4).

Relaxing in the afternoon with a cold drink (choose whatever you like), looking at the fantastic sea colors, and having some oysters is an experience that can make you feel in harmony with the universe!

The photo was taken in Porto de Galinhas (you can see here my previous note on that place).

The rocks behind the man are part of the reefs (rock and coral) that are very common in that region. You can also see a hint of them in the shades of the water (when I took the photo, the tide was at its lowest point).

In this case I used a big aperture to get a shallow DOF and isolate better the subject. Using a ND filter helped with that and also tamed the very strong highlights.

Hope you like it and your critiques and comments are most welcomed!

Raw Capture at ISO 100 – f3.5 – 1/2000s @ 200 mm.
Post processing: only raw conversion (PS ACR) to tif, and then contrast (curves), USM and save for the web

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