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#52weeksofnature Photo Contest Week 16, 2021 Winner

The winner of Week 16 of our #52weeksofnature photo contest is Cameron Mertins (@_cmert). The afterglow of a good sunset can make even a couple palm trees look surreal. Explore the #52weeksofnature Product Section on our site to shop styles from past winners.

Where was the image shot?
San Diego, California

What camera did you use and what were the settings?
Camera: iPhone SE
Lens: iPhone 28mm
Shutter Speed: 1/30
Aperture: f/2.2
ISO: 25

Was there any special preparation required to capture the photo?
I was at work and happened to look out and see the beautiful afterglow of the sunset, so I ran outside and grabbed this shot with my phone. I honestly rarely use my phone to take photos with the intent of capturing content or creating art, but I guess the saying is true, the best camera is the one you have with you.

How long have you been shooting?
7 years

What's your favorite subject matter to shoot?
Landscapes, surf, and lifestyle.

Where would be your dream location to take photos?
Patagonia, that place seems like it is from another world and it would be amazing to see and experience that as well as capture its beauty.

Who are some photographers that inspire you?
Jimmy Chin, Jeremy Cowart, Finn Beales and Russell Holiday to name a few. I just love seeing what people can create and the levels of ingenuity they go to in order to create a great image!

What excites you about photography?
That it can be whatever you want it to be. There is unlimited opportunity and freedom to what can be created and there are unlimited amounts of fleeting moments that we try to document. Either way you are able to capture something that causes another person to feel or experience a piece of what it was like.