The waterfront near the Barra Lighthouse is a popular place for an evening stroll in Salvador. The city is the third largest in Brazil with a population of 2.6 million people.
Bahia – Photo Tip

How to take photos during the "magic hour"

Photo by Federico Tovoli

Bahia – Photo Tip How to take photos during the "magic hour"

As a photographer, I’ve always been attracted to that time of day when the lights start to go on in the street and in homes but there is still light in the sky. In this sense, Bahia is picture-perfect.

Federico Tovoli
Federico Tovoli Photojournalist

I come from a seaside town, Livorno in Italy, where in autumn there are fiery red sunsets that can be a great backdrop for scenes illuminated by street lamps, car headlights, the lights of the shops. I call this moment of beauty the "magic hour". In his film Paris-Texas, filmmaker Wim Wenders used a mix of this light, it is common in many French films.

In Italian film this moment is called the "light horse" (the hour between day and night) while in English it's known as the "magic hour”.

During this magic hour, even a gray sky can be photogenic, let alone a fiery sunset or a beautiful blue sky that darkens more and more. In Salvador, Bahia there is magic everywhere anyway, so adding this light to the picture makes for a photographer’s dream.

I found myself shooting images of people walking or jogging on the waterfront long into the evening as the natural light made their portraits more and more interesting. A must try for every photographer trying to catch magic on film.

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Forte Santa Maria originally dates to 1614, although the present structure is from 1696, being built to defend Salvador's original harbor. Closed to the public, it is a well-known city landmark and its beach is a popular bathing spot. Photo by Federico Tovoli

Federico Tovoli

Federico Tovoli

Nikon D700

Aperture
ƒ/22
Exposure
1/125
ISO
400
Focal
26 mm

Forte Santa Maria originally dates to 1614, although the present structure is from 1696, being built to defend Salvador's original harbor. Closed to the public, it is a well-known city landmark and its beach is a popular bathing spot.

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