Congrats to Miguel Costa for winning the Warmth assignment with his photo entitled “Surfing in Africa.”
“This picture was taken in Angola, Africa, about 50 miles south of the capital city, Luanda, last July. This beach is called Cabo Ledo, also known as Surfer’s Beach. It’s one of the few places near Luanda you can find good surf. I was invited by a friend to go camping on the beach in this beautiful place. We hit the water to surf as soon as we got to the beach, but wave after wave I started to realize the change in the colors of the sky and that the sunset could be a great one. As I saw the sun going down, I realized it was a great composition to find a surfer walking to the point and catch her against the sun and the warm sky colors. So I came in and replaced my surfboard with my camera.
“The only post-processing I did was plain RAW processing in Photoshop to bring up the colors just a little and to recover for some highlight/shadow details that would have been lost in an 8 bit Jpg file out of the camera,” explains Costa.
Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 24-105 f/4L lens.
Originally Published March 8, 2014