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#52weeksofnature Photo Contest Week 10 Winner

The winner of Week 10 of our #52weeksofnature photo contest is Aaron Bernal (@tasty_phtos_). There are 24 hours in a day and most people sleep for around 8, but if you’re willing to stay up late there is a whole other world to explore. Aaron has won $150 and is getting his winning image printed on a HippyTree t-shirt. Explore the Nature Photography Collective section on our site to view t-shirts of past winners.

Where was the image shot?
San Diego, CA

What camera did you use and what were the settings?
Camera: Sony a7 III
Lens: Sony 16-35mm
Shutter Speed: 25 seconds
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 2500

Was there any special preparation required to capture the photo?
No special preparation for this night. Just round up the boys hit the local market for late night munchies and make sure I didn’t forget my batteries and memory card.

How long have you been shooting?
I think it’s been around 4 years.

What's your favorite subject matter to shoot?
That's a hard one. I love shooting waves and being at the beach is my happy place. Shooting astrophotography and being under the starts on a crisp clear night is a close second.

Where would be your dream location to take photos?
I’ve only been to Yosemite so I’d love to hit up all the other national parks in the states. So many beautiful locations to see.

Who are some photographers that inspire you?
Some of my closest friends are photographers and they all inspire me every time we get together. Two of them would be Jay Manning (@jaymanning) and Eric Scire (@eric_scire).

What excites you about photography?
Just being with my good friends exploring beautiful places and trying to capture the moments in time.