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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
I found these moments of vacation snapshots more interesting than the actual splendor (or squalor, depending on your point of view) of Times Square.
All photos taken with Canon Powershot G12, modified with SilverEfex 2.
Late afternoon thunderstorm gathering over Clinton Harbor, CT.
Canon EOS 7D, EF 24-70mm f/2.8L
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.
Panorama shots taken on a drive across the USA. These are from Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska.
All shots taken with Canon EOS 7D.
While walking through the endless emerald tinted rain forest of Costa Rica, something as bright and colorful as this is definitely royalty.
Shot with Canon EOS 7D, enhanced with Snapseed iPhone app
All photos taken in Costa Rica in April 2012, with Canon EOS 7D, 200mm lens.
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.
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
Shot during a dust storm tearing through Monument Valley in Spring 2010.
Canon EOS 7D