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Caption: Matadors before the fight, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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Technical data: Photo taken with hand held Olympus point & shoot digital camera; existing daylight. Auto white balance, program exposure mode, multi-pattern metering, ISO 200. No lens filters were used.

Photo file was routinely optimized using Photoshop; color balance, levels and curves, sharpening, cropping. I use a Mac for all photo processing.

Comments: I had spotted these three matadors early on, well before fight time, and was having trouble finding a decent background for a picture. They were standing in a small dirt lot surrounded on three sides by jumbled garages and sheds, the remaining side was a large stand of seating bleachers. Nothing was working so I hopped up on the bleachers and pointed my camera down, using the dirt as background.

It's easy to capture your main subject - but having a good background as well is more difficult. Plan your shots ahead if possible, and evaluate the backgrounds beforehand. Calculate where you'll need to be to get the best shot. Often though you'll have to wing it because a shot just presents itself. In those cases you'll need to think fast. It helps to simply have a constant awareness of your photographic surroundings. With practice you'll soon be instinctively moving yourself to the best spots.

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