Keep looking when the light’s all gone.

You have to resist the urge to pack your stuff when the sun goes below the horizon, because some of those last, lingering, luminous fingers of light can be some of the most beautiful of the day. You have to be careful when you work, because the light’s real pretty, but there isn’t much of it, and it won’t be there very long so you’re going to have to use a slow shutter speed. I was able to hand-hold my Nikon for this shot, but I don’t recommend this – this is where a tripod is your best friend!

By the way, when you are stuck without a tripod, use anything you can get your hands on to stabilize the camera. If there is nothing around, as there wasn’t in this situation, sit down Indian-style and brace your elbows on your knees. Or, being at the beach, smush together a towel on the ground and nestle the camera in it. Sometimes you sacrifice a bit of the ideal camera angle you might have wanted, but you get the shot.

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