Rio de Janeiro - Nat Geo features
March 08, 2015 • Leave a Comment
My wife and I were fortunate to visit Rio de Janeiro during 2010 as part of an overall trip to Iguazu Falls and Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Colonia del Sacramento (Uruguay). Rio and its surrounding neighborhoods have some 6 million people and is renowned for its long stretches of beautiful beaches like Copacabana/Ipenema.
I find the views from Pao de Acucar (Sugar Loaf Mountain) are simply outstanding. We spent most of the late afternoon and early evening at Sugar Loaf, timing the visit to take in the sunset and twilight views.
I brought along my trusty Canon 5D DSLR and just one lens (24-105 f/4 L IS), a tripod and 3-stop graduated ND filter. I was fortunate that a few of my images were featured by National Geographic, including one published in a book.
The following are a few highlighted images from the trip.
Rio at Sunset
I wanted to capture the beautiful colors and cloud patterns in the sky, along with side-lighting from the sunset. The inclusion of the incoming cable car helped to provide a more dynamic feel and a sense of place.
Rio at Dusk
The city lights were being turned on just after sunset.
The following image was published in National Geographic's Four Seasons of Travel book (2013). The illuminations of the buildings blend nicely with the sunset sky. In the foreground are boats near the Botafogo district.
National Geographic featured the following panoramic composite image in their Your Shots: Brazil gallery.
Additionally, the following image was featured in National Geographic Your Shots: Night Pictures.
For more images on Brazil, including those taken at Iguazu Falls, please visit my photosite.
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