These are the last pictures I’ll post from my trip to Rio de Janeiro in June. This favela, with over 70,000 inhabitants, is now a neighborhood favela, featuring 4 schools and several hospitals. It houses many middle-class Brazilians who like the affordable living within one of South America’s largest metropolises. Click on any picture to see them in slideshow format.
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…you saw someone using a pay phone? It’s been a while for me, so it struck me as worthy of a quick snapshot.
The labyrinth of alleys in the Rocinho favela are best explored with someone who lives there. It’s easy to get lost. When in doubt, keep going downstairs, as eventually you’ll end up at the bottom of the hill where the favela ends. Click on any image to see them in slideshow format.
We met these kids during our walk through the Rozinho favela in Rio last week. Click on any picture to see them in slideshow format.
On a tour of the Rocinha favela in Rio we watched these boys showing off some amazing footwork with a beat-up football. Click on any one of them to see them in slideshow format.
All images shot with Canon 7D, 40mm f/2.8 lens
The Brazilian fans are the best and happiest fans (maybe because their team keeps winning). These were from the Brazil-Cameroon game, caught in the Rio de Janeiro Fan Zone on Copacabana Beach.
Yesterday we watched the Uruguay – Colombia match in the Maracana stadium on our last day in Rio. We drove to the stadium during the second half of the Brazil – Chile game, and the streets that are normally clogged with traffic were completely empty. We felt like we were in a Sci-Fi movie where we are the last survivors on earth. Very eery! But as a result, we got there in record time and were able to watch the penalty shoot-out of the Brazil game while sitting in the stadium with thousands of other fans who had arrived early. Since we had tickets in a Uruguay block, we decided to wear the Uruguay colors, but to no avail: Colombia won 2:0, one of the goals the best of the tournament. But we were glad that the game didn’t go into overtime, as we had to leave right at the end of 90 minutes to get to the airport and catch our flight back to New York. What a wonderful vacation it has been. More pictures from beautiful Rio to follow in other posts.
No wonder Brazilians are great at soccer (futebol), they start early and on the beach, which is much harder than on grass. This kid was already delighting onlookers with impressive shooting skills.
Canon 7D, 40mm f/2.8
This is what it looks like when the US scores (during Sunday’s game against Portugal). So glad they are through to the next stage, hopefully this will create more soccer fans in the US.
These guys took advantage of the nice breeze in the afternoon, and I took advantage of the setting sun’s light to capture their acrobatics from the beach. Great way to conclude a relaxing holiday weekend. Click on any picture to view them in large format slide show.
Canon 7D, 70-200mm f/2.8L with 2x converter
Adjusted in Color Efex Pro 4.
I attended a photography Meetup to learn more about studio photography, allowing me try out numerous techniques and learn more about the settings of my strobe.
Evening play resumes as spring temperatures and late dusks return.
A quick business trip to Washington DC provided only a few occasions for snapshots while walking past the Capitol:
Cartoons on the iPad are much more compelling than those on TV, as I discovered when I observed these visiting kids lounging on our couch.
‘Kaffeeklatsch is German for ‘chatting and gossiping over coffee with friends’, and it’s what I witnessed today at a coffee shop. These two ladies were truly enjoying the coffee and their conversation.
Canon Powershot G12
Edited with Silver Efex Pro
This moose didn’t seem to be too concerned about me taking pictures. The other creatures actually enjoyed it (giving me some practice with action shots).
I caught these folks napping in the same park in Paris – I guess the afternoon sunshine made everyone a bit sleepy. Wish it were that warm here, now…
I love going to the Sounders games in Seattle: 40,000+ fans, standing room only, flags flying, choruses echoing through the stadium, fireworks, and some pretty good soccer, too.
The dad seemed to enjoy the video more than his young son. Still, they were glued to the iphone for quite a while, oblivious to the rest of the world.
lens: John S.
film: Ina’s 1969
I took pictures in an old factory today, using it as a giant studio. Got to practice with lighting quite a bit. That’s why I look so pleased.
Canon 7D, EFS 10-22mm
This lady clearly enjoyed checking the menu items at a local bookstore cafe.
edited with Snapseed
Despite rain delays, the stands were packed for the Federer match. Even people on the other court tried to get a peek of the match:
The stands were full to the very top:
Standing room only:
Caught a few couples showing off their moves at the local Fred Astaire Dance Studio.
This scene reminded me of a Vermeer, who was an expert at taking a mundane subject (girl filling a jug, woman doing needlepoint) and making it look absolutely stunning. Caught in a local Mexican restaurant (which explains the skull in the background).
My son and his buddy after finishing the Spartan Sprint in Washougal, WA. One hour and forty minutes of running, jumping, and crawling through mud! I did this race with them as a last hurrah before they go to college in a few weeks.
B&W conversion with Nik Silver Efex
The sign is clearly telling her where to go…
And can you call it ‘Street Photography’ when you shoot indoors?
Canon Powershot G12
NYPD officers at Dunkin Donuts at JFK airport, enjoying a cup of coffee while keeping us safe.
Shot with iPhone Hipstamatic
Or, given that canals are just as good a means of transportation as streets in other cities, maybe I should call this post ‘canal photography.’ It was a warm and sunny day, so life spilled onto the sidewalk, stairways, and boats. Click any image to see them in slideshow format:
This guy won’t get wet when it rains in Amsterdam, but how he squeezes in there is a mystery to me. You can find out more at velomobiel.ne.
This couple chose the busiest place in New York to have their wedding photos taken. Romantic, yet very frustrating for the photographer who wanted no people in the background!
I didn’t see any strollers in Amsterdam: Kids either walked with their parents or they were ferried around on bikes. And helmets? Didn’t see any of those, either. And pets of course got the same treatment. :)
Click on any image to see images in slide show format.
Amsterdam offered a great opportunity to practice panning, while enjoying the variety of bicycle riders. I’m not sure how romantic all this seems when it rains, but in the summer it is enchanting to see how everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) rides their bike. And no one bothers with helmets – how wonderfully nonchalant!
Click on any image to see them in slide show format.
Would love to be able to find the parents of this little girl, so I can give them a picture of their beautiful daughter.
Canon EOS 7D, 100mm macro lens
Sat in Madison Park yesterday before lunch, and enjoyed an impromptu trumpet concerto while enjoying the warm weather and the view of the Flatiron Building, one of my favorite buildings in the world.
iphone, Hipstamatic app
Found a few interesting shots even in such humdrum environment as a small regional airport. These were taken in Eugene, OR:
Caught in Salt Lake City airport bar. Where true cowboys still roam (Utah, that is, NOT the airport).
Took this double exposure of my son and a parking meter in Missoula, MT:
Shot with iphone Hipstamatic, lens: John S, film: Ina’s 1969
I was on just a quick visit to San Francisco last week, but it was still worthy of a few pictures. The first 3 are at the Wells Fargo Museum:
A promotion on Union Square, with lots of pretty girls handing out balloons. Caught them during their photo shoot:
Old-fashioned barber shop on Valencia Street:
All shot with iPhone, Hipstamatic app
Another shot from the pow wow I attended in Montana, near Little Bighorn Battleground:
Canon EOS 7D, EF 70-200mm
B&W adjustment in Nik Silver Efex
I photographed this gentleman at an Indian pow wow near Little Bighorn Battlefield in Montana:
Canon EOS 7D, EF 70-200mm
B&W conversion in Nik Silver Efex
Caught while walking through New York, where nobody walks slow enough to get a shot that’s sharply focused. That’s New York: you blink and you miss it.
lens: John S.
film: Ina’s 1969
Despite the cold weather, Times Square is teeming with tourists during the holiday season. These pictures are part of an ongoing project I’m having fun with: all the various ways people memorialize their visit to New York, and to Times Square specifically. The full series is in a gallery on my photography site.
Well, at least THIS man’s best friend. Caught this man and his dog while walking through Brooklyn – both were completely content sitting on the doorstep of their house and pursing their favorite activity – reading and people watching.
Shot with Canon EOS 7D, 100mm f/2.8L Macro
Who would have thought that the New York Police Department has time for photo opportunities? But they do, and they endure the onslaught of tourists in Times Square gracefully. This is a continuation of my Times Square series I started a few weeks ago.
Captured with Canon Powershot G12, modified with Silver Efex 2