Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

Life in Rocinha Favela   2 comments

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.

Favela Alleys   1 comment

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.

Children of the Favela   Leave a comment

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.

Why our 4th of July Fireworks were cancelled   2 comments

Because tropical storm Arthur was threatening the coastline.

Storm Clouds Vertical

Storm Clouds horizontal

 

Canon 7D, 10-22mm f/3.5 USM
ISO 400
f/8
1/25 sec

Best World Cup Jersey   1 comment

Spotted on Copacabana Beach.

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Canon 7D, 40mm f/2.8
ISO 100
f/11
1/50 sec

Posted July 4, 2014 by Lutz Braum in America, People, Travel

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World Cup Fever in the Favelas   1 comment

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

World Cup Fever – part 6   2 comments

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.

World Cup Fever – part 5   Leave a comment

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.

 

World Cup Update – part 4   4 comments

Taking a breather from football and enjoying the early morning views from Corcovado, including the Maracana stadium, looking as if a spaceship had landed in the middle of the city.

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World Cup Fever – part 3   4 comments

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.

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Canon 7D, 40mm f/2.8
ISO 500
f/2.8
1/1000 sec

World Cup Fever – part 2   Leave a comment

 

 

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.

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Posted June 27, 2014 by Lutz Braum in America, People, Travel

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World Cup Fever, part 1   Leave a comment

Never mind that this was at the Belgium-Russia game — these fans were cheering for the US, who were playing later that day, in a totally different stadium and city.

US Soccer fans at Maracana stadium

Posted June 25, 2014 by Lutz Braum in America

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How old is this picture?   Leave a comment

Trying out some new filters that Google just added to its Nik Efex collection. Here’s a wet plate filter used on a beach picture I took a few months ago.

Beach in fog

Bridge over Relatively Calm Waters   Leave a comment

Shot this bridge at sunset in New London, CT:

Bridge in New London

 

Canon 7D, EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
ISO 100
f/11
1/40 sec
Converted to B&W with Silver Efex Pro

The Guns of Fort Trumbull   Leave a comment

These cannons were put in place in the mid-1850s to protect the harbor of New London, CT, at the time the 3rd largest whaling harbor in the world.

Cannons at Fort Trumbull

 

Canon 7D, Ef 24-70mm f/2.8L
ISO 100
f/11
1/60 sec
Converted to B&W with Silver Efex Pro

Kite Surfing Acrobatics on Memorial Day   Leave a comment

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.

Beautiful Debris   2 comments

Shot these pictures at the edge of town. What exactly was torn down I don’t know, but the big mountains of debris attracted my attention.

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Posted May 24, 2014 by Lutz Braum in Panorama, Things, US

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Tree Reflections   7 comments

The river near our house always offers some great vistas when the water is calm. These 2 shots were from last week. I hope we’ll see some leaves on these trees soon…

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DC Impressions   Leave a comment

A quick business trip to Washington DC provided only a few occasions for snapshots while walking past the Capitol:

 

 

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Capitol Tourists

 

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Green Light District   1 comment

If you’re driving in Manhattan, it feels like there are never enough of these….

Green traffic light in Manhattan

 

Iphone, Hipstamatic

Posted April 10, 2014 by Lutz Braum in Architecture, Uncategorized, US

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Spring Reflection in New York   4 comments

Finally a sunny day – and green buildings add to the feeling that Spring has finally arrived:

Spring Reflection in NY

 

Canon Powershot G12
HDR, ColorEfexPro

Posted April 6, 2014 by Lutz Braum in Architecture, US

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Freak Snow Storm   2 comments

I left my house under blue sky on Monday. An hour later I was driving through a heavy snow storm. Will winter never stop in Connecticut?!?

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Buffalo Blues   Leave a comment

Surely these pictures don’t reflect the scenic parts of Buffalo, but it’s all I saw on a recent business trip, and they reflect the gloomy mood I was in because of the bad weather and travel delays.

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Shot with  iPhone, Hipstamatic

Orion watching over Big Sky   4 comments

The sky was dominated by Orion (the constellation, not the winter storm) during my last night at Big Sky, Montana.

Night Sky over Lone Mountain

Canon 7D, EF 24-70mm  f/2.8L
ISO 125
f/2.8
20 sec

Sunrise over Lone Mountain, Big Sky   Leave a comment

One last picture from an amazing trip to Montana:

Lone Mountain, Big Sky

Canon 7D
ISO 1250
f/8
1.0 sec
B&W conversion with Silver Efex Pro

Winter Creatures in Montana   3 comments

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).

Moose eating

Snowboard jump

ski jump

 

Big Snow in Big Sky   1 comment

It was SO cold that the lifts couldn’t run because the back-up power runs on diesel, and the diesel fuel was too viscous to run through the engine. Had to wait until 11am when it was only -15 degrees!
Needless to say, I rarely removed my gloves to take pictures, but here are a few, shot with the iPhone app Hipstamatic.

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Posted February 6, 2014 by Lutz Braum in Black&White, Landscapes, Travel, US

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Winter in Yellowstone   9 comments

Arrived in Montana and took a drive through parts of Yellowstone before arriving at Big Sky today. -15F (-26C)!

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This gang of elk didn’t mind the cold.

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Sleigh Ride in Stowe   2 comments

It was snowing heavily, but that didn’t deter these folks from enjoying a romantic sleigh ride through the forests of Stowe, VT.

Sleigh ride through heavy snow in Vermont

Canon Powershot G12
ISO 800
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f/8
1/100 sec
optimized with Nik Color Efex

Posted January 26, 2014 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes, US

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The Tiny Streets of Bruges   7 comments

Bruges is full of small streets, unexpected views, and gorgeous canal scenes. It’s definitely my favorite small city in Europe. Plus, the chocolate and fries are to die for.

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Victorian Villa   3 comments

I drive by this house every day in our neighborhood – and I finally decided to take a shot of it while still decorated for the holidays.

Victorian Villa

Canon 7D, EF 24-70mm
HDR: f/2.8, ISO 640

Posted January 12, 2014 by Lutz Braum in Architecture, US

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Sleeping in Paris   5 comments

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…

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Sleepy tourists

Frosty Days   6 comments

The winter storm is providing some (but not many) photo opportunities, as I don’t venture far from home. Here are two shots from the neighborhood.

Clinton harbor in winter

Clinton Beach bench in winter.

 

 

Posted January 5, 2014 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes, Panorama, US

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Paris Nightlife   1 comment

I am always enchanted by the many cafes in Paris, especially the neon signs at night. I’m going through my past photos, as the winter storm has kept me from taking new pictures.

Paris Bistro

Canon Powershot G12
ISO 400
f/4.5
1.3 sec

Ghostly Cemetery   Leave a comment

A long exposure in the cemetery Pere Lachaise in Paris produced a nice effect that was well-suited for this melancholy place.

Pere Lachaise

Canon Powershot G12
ISO 200
f/8
1 sec

Badlands Drive   12 comments

From a trip across the country, after a storm in Badlands National Park, South Dakota.

Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park

Posted December 21, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes, Travel, US

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Night at the Local Fun Fair   1 comment

The local fire department throws a fundraiser each year – this time I brought my camera. Lots of photo opportunities:

All were shot with Canon 7D and tripod, various exposures.

Posted December 15, 2013 by Lutz Braum in US

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Windmills 250 Years Apart   1 comment

You come across all kinds of windmills in Belgium – old ones from the mid 1700s to new ones towering over the freeway.

Modern Windmill

Bruges Windmill

Georgia Country Roads   Leave a comment

Just a few sights I captured while driving through the Georgia countryside:

Water Tower in GA

Rail Road Car Graffiti

Canon Powershot G12

Posted December 4, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes, Things, Travel, US

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Fall Sunrise Panoramas   5 comments

Frost is starting to appear in the morning, making for some gorgeous sunrises over the field behind our house. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Posted November 28, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes, Panorama, US

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First Snow   3 comments

On our way to Vermont:

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Posted November 27, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes, Travel, US

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Morning in St. Charles   4 comments

On a recent business trip to St. Louis I took advantage of sunrise to take some pictures on historic St. Charles’ Main Street. Click on any picture to see them in slideshow format.

Posted November 24, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Travel, US

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Vintage Truck in Montana   3 comments

Found this gem near Virginia City, an old mining town in Montana:

Abandoned Car Wreck in Montana

Canon 7D, 10-22mm EF-S
ISO 160
f/11
1/125 sec

Dead Calm   3 comments

Long Island Sound at sunset, as viewed from our local beach. And if you haven’t seen ‘Dead Calm’ – I highly recommend this little claustrophobic thriller about a couple on a boat taking on a shipwrecked stranger.

Calm Sea on Long Island Sound

Canon EOS 7D, 10-22mm lens
ISO 100
f/11
1/50 sec

Posted November 21, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Landscapes, US

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Take-off   1 comment

These birds were heading to the sunset – wish I could have flown along:

Birds taking off on beach

Canon PowerShot G12
ISO 100
f/3.2
1/2000 sec
processed with Nik Color Efex

Posted November 16, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Panorama, US

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Sunset Walk   2 comments

Took the dog out for a walk around sunset and came home with some great photo material:

broken fence

Lone Tree

Sunset over the marsh

Canon 7D, 12-22mm

Virginia City, Montana   7 comments

My son and I visited this old mining town recently. Founded in 1863, it was the capital of the Territory of Montana for 10 years. During that time, miners extracted over $90M ($40B in today’s dollars) of gold in the area, and the city housed about 10,000 people. Now its population is down to 132.

Mushroom Pavillion   9 comments

This mushroom looked to me like  a sun umbrella for tiny creatures.

Forest mushroom

Canon 7D, EF 70-200mm
ISO 125
f/8
1/400 sec

Vintage Montana Combine Harvester   2 comments

Found this ‘little’ abandoned machine in a field by the side of the road near Bozeman, Montana. Click on any picture to see them in large slideshow format.

Posted November 2, 2013 by Lutz Braum in Black&White, Things, US

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First Rays of Sunshine   5 comments

Even in Black&White I love the sunrise behind our house, the rays gradually invading the bedroom.

Blackandwhite sunrise

Canon 7D, 10-22mm
ISO 100
f/10
1/200 sec

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