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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.

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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Ghost Town in Montana   1 comment

I’m off to Montana, and thus took a look again at pictures that I took 2 years ago in Elkhorn, Montana, an abandoned mining town. I finally have the software (Nik Color Efex) to turn somewhat bland snapshots into much more interesting photographs.

Elkhorn Mining Town Car

Elkhorn Montana Interior

Elkhorn Montana Chimney

Elkhorn Montana Building Interior

Elkhorn Mining Town Heater

 

Elkhorn Mining Town Car

Vermont Colors – Day 4: Black and White   3 comments

After the overdose of vibrant colors my eyes were subjected to during the first few days in Vermont, I decided to take a break from the colors. Instead,  I focused on textures and contrasts to come up with some black & white photographs:

Mushroom in Vermont

Forest Mushroom

Birch Bark in Vermont

Birch Bark

Pond Reflections in Vermont

Pond Reflections

Burning Man Sculpture   Leave a comment

Burning Man 2012 is coming up at the end of the month. Here’s a photo I took there in 2006.

burning man 2007 sculpture of two trucks welded together

Posted August 8, 2012 by Lutz Braum in America, Landscapes, Things, US

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Times Square Memories   3 comments

I found these moments of vacation snapshots more interesting than the actual splendor (or squalor, depending on your point of view) of Times Square.

Photo of tourists taking each other's photo in Times Square, New York

Photo of tourists taking each other's photo in Times Square, New York

Photo of tourists taking each other's photo in Times Square, New York

Photo of tourists taking each other's photo in Times Square, New York

Photo of tourists taking each other's photo in Times Square, New York

Photo of tourists taking each other's photo in Times Square, New York

father taking snapshot of son in Times Square

All photos taken with Canon Powershot G12, modified with SilverEfex 2.

Storm Brewing   2 comments

Late afternoon thunderstorm gathering over Clinton Harbor, CT.

Canon EOS 7D, EF 24-70mm f/2.8L
ISO 160
32mm
f/8
1/25 sec

 

Posted July 8, 2012 by Lutz Braum in America, Landscapes, US

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Inspiration for the Wright brothers   Leave a comment

Watching these graceful herons at our beach sure awakened in me the desire to fly.  I’m glad that the Wright brothers did something about it.

Posted July 1, 2012 by Lutz Braum in America, Animals

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Big Open Spaces   Leave a comment

Panorama shots taken on a drive across the USA. These are from Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska.

All shots taken with Canon EOS 7D.

Rain Forest Queen   2 comments

While walking through the endless emerald tinted rain forest of Costa Rica, something as bright and colorful as this is definitely royalty.

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Shot with Canon EOS 7D, enhanced with Snapseed iPhone app

Posted May 27, 2012 by Lutz Braum in America, Landscapes, Travel

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Close Encounter of the Monkey Kind   1 comment

These monkeys had no fear – they prowled across the hotel property with impunity.

And this howler monkey didn’t care whether he was flashing us or not:

And this spider monkey thought he could fly:

 All photos taken in Costa Rica in April 2012, with Canon EOS 7D, 200mm lens.

Elusive birds of Costa Rica   1 comment

While there’s a constant racket of bird chirps, screeches, and whistles in the background, the birds in Costa Rica’s are actually very hard to find because they hide in dense foliage of the rainforest canopy. I was lucky to get these shots during  a week-long visit. Here is a Toucan, the national symbol of Costa Rica:

This was shot at 400mm, and then cropped by 2x. With the naked eye, the Toucan was just a dark blob in the foliage. Here’s another screecher (no idea what this one is called):

And here’s a hummingbird, the hardest one to catch on film because they dart so quickly from flower to flower:

All photos taken with Canon EOS 7D, 200mm or 400mm, ISO 1000 to ensure fast enough shutter speed.

Jurassic Park? No, Costa Rica!   1 comment

Saw quite a few lizards and iguanas in Antonio Manuel National Park yesterday morning.  This one is a Ctenosaur – it was about 2 feet long and resting on a tree overlooking the beach:

And this one is a Plumed Basilisk, also known as the Jesus Christ Lizard, for his ability to run across water for up to 20 meters:

And these little ones (20 cm)  ran so fast and their heads darted in all directions so frequently that they reminded me of the velociraptors in Jurassic Park:

All photos taken with Canon EOS 7D, 400mm, ISO 500, f/5.6, 1/160 sec

Monument Valley Dust Storm   Leave a comment

Shot during a dust storm tearing through Monument Valley in Spring 2010.

Canon EOS 7D
ISO 100
50mm
f/5.6
1/80 second

Sunrise in Antelope Canyon   6 comments

I shot this while on spring break vacation (2010) with my son in Arizona/Utah. This was in the Lower Antelope Canyon, around 11:30 in the morning, when a few openings in the canyon allow light to reach all the way to the floor of the canyon.

Canon EOS 7D, 15-85mm
ISO 125
15mm
f/14
13.0 seconds

Posted December 4, 2010 by Lutz Braum in America, Landscapes, Travel, US

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