Bedouins enjoying some downtime in Wadi Rum, Jordan
I took the picture on holiday in Olhao, just East of Faro, in the Portuguese Algarve. I was walking through the town centre and rounded a corner and saw that a pedestrianised street had colourful umbrellas strung above it. Exploring some more, I found that there was a whole network of narrow passageways similarly dressed. Realising that the sun shining through the material on one umbrella and bouncing off it on others would look beautiful in photos, I fired off a series of shots. The key challenge was to select an area where the background would be a mix of blue sky and an attractive piece of architecture, rather than unappealing shop signs, air conditioning units etc. The shabby chic building in the bottom right of my chosen image was, I felt, a good choice, being unobtrusive but also evocative of the area. I bracketed the exposure to give me a choice of lighter and darker versions of the image and processed it in Adobe Lightroom to maintain highlight and shadow detail. Camera used was a Panasonic LX100 mk2.