Night soccer on Copacabana beach

Night soccer on Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM lens. Exposure Details: 1/320 seconds @ f2.8 ISO 4000.

Quite possibly one of my favourite things about Rio de Janeiro is the awesome beach culture. From dawn till dusk the beaches are positively alive with action. Hawkers roam, beach bars abound, volleyball and soccer nuts send sand flying while swimmers, runners, bladers, boarders and surfers all also find their space.

Am I forgetting anything? Oh yes, ridiculously bootylicious babes are absolutely everywhere, and for the ladies a sculpted odonnis struts on every spare patch of beach. The vibe was like Sydney on steroids. But the action doesn’t stop when night falls, they just switch the lights on and a new crowd takes over the beach for nightly organised soccer and volleyball matches. The temperature is balmy and a beautiful sea breeze mingles with the frenetic street band music.

Though it is low light, photo opportunities still abound, just open up the aperture, crank the ISO and smash some action shots that turn nicely into gritty urban night sport scenes, case in point? See above.

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