Some evening particulars: the sunset was to die for; Littlest Dude was thrilled to wear his favorite new Dinosaur t-shirt (that was formerly the favorite of both his older siblings!); the hot chocolate was delicious; the weather was warm; and the tide level was back to normal (notice: all the rocks are covered this time - same beach 7 days later).
Some camera particulars: I toyed with the settings on my camera. I've now had my "big girl" camera for a year, and I still only know a small fraction of the many capabilities that it has. So I often play around with settings just to see what happens. This time I edited the "Picture Style" by bumping the Sharpening, Contrast and Color Saturation in the menu section. Each of the pictures on this post is totally, completely SOOC. Truth be told, I probably boosted the camera settings (sharpness, contrast, saturation) too high, but I LOVE the effect. And it was quite fun NOT to have to add anything to these.
The down side? I probably couldn't use these camera settings for portraits - at least not a sunset time (or probably in shadows). All our faces came out quite strongly orange. But hey, I can always do a quickie b&w conversion:
Which all leads to my photo tip for the day: Play with your camera settings. Just about any digital camera will let you adjust your settings. Read all about it in your camera manuals. Experiment. See what happens. Have fun!