Thursday, March 29, 2012

Tight Rope

Walking the Tight Rope
Just about everywhere I go in Brazil I see people, mostly young people walking these tight ropes. They never make it across to the other side without falling. It's only a short fall as you can see and this guy here is helping his girlfriend so she doesn't hurt herself, what a gentleman. Next time I'm going to ask if I can try my hand at it just to see how hard it might be. So, be looking for photos of me on the tight rope coming soon.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Catedral de Brasilia

Catedral de Brasilia, consider a Oscar Niemeyer masterpiece

Actual wedding  taking place

Front Entrance 

The main Catedral in Brasilia, I'm still hope to get a good photo of this unusual structure before I leave. Right now, there is construction going on around it to give it a face lift for the world cup in 2014. This was the first time I'd gone by there when there was some kind of event going on inside. In this case a big wedding was taking place but since this is a public building and also a tourist attraction people were still allowed to come inside and look around. It has a totally different vibe with lot's of people inside and music playing, really cool I thought.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Contrast of Colors

Blue & Red
I love to photograph bright colors the brigher the better. When I came across this blue wall on this store front in Pelourinho, I thought I'll shoot this it's nice and bright but it could use some contrast another color. Then out of the corner of my eye I saw this person in red coming down the street and well, there you have  it, blue and red. I love it when a plan comes together. If I had time I would have cloned the guy out in the back

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Tunnels

Tunnel

Light at the End of the Tunnel
In Brasilia, the weather is great for running year round it's never to hot or cold. I try and do about 5 to 6 km a day and I'm working up to 10 km. Just about everyday on my running course that I strategically planed out I run through this tunnels that go under the main drag in the city. As you can see there very colorful and I hardly ever run into anybody.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Abstract Art

What this?
Transformed Art Work
I'm not a big fan of abstract art work so on a recent visit to the local museum in Brasilia, I decided to turn some abstract art into a little more abstract by zooming my lens out while taking the photo with a slow shutter speed to see what kind of results I could get. And, as you can see a big improvement and a more interesting piece of work now.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Amazon People

Mural of an Indigenous Man
Well, I haven't met this man yet, but I hope to someday. This is a mural of a Native that lives in the Amazon, region of Brazil. There are an estimated number of about 200 tribes left with a population of about 300,000 people. Many of these Indigenous people have also migrated into urban populations over the last thirty to forty years. I have a friend here in Brasilia, who is from Belem, in the northeast region of the Amazon and her father is a native and her mother is Portuguese. She told me when she was young her father use to wear a feather in his nose like the man pictured here and that he was short like she is about five foot two.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Kids Having Fun

Check Out My New Hair Color 

Look at Me
I was taking photos outside the public library in Belo Horizonte, the other day when I was just mob with all kids wanting me to take there photos. It happen so fast that many of the photos didn't turn out that sharp because I was in the shade using a slow shutter speed of 1/25 of a second when all these kids descended upon me. For some reason no matter were I go kids just love to be photographed.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Iguazu Falls at Night

A 62 second Exposure of Iguazu at Night
This photo was taken in practically total darkness. My point, without light there is no photography. Without the Light of the World there is no hope.
"From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made. They can clearly see his invisible qualities his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God." Romans 1vs20 TLB

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Mr. Google

Google Cam
Praça da Liberdade
If you've ever wonder what the guy look's like who takes all the photos for google maps well, there he is hard at  work photographing the Praça da Liberdade, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Holding on steadily with camera above his head and a computer strapped to his back he slowly walked up and down the park taking photos in 360 degree view for all to see on google maps.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Cruise Ship

AIDA
The Cruise Ship AIDA, heading out to sea from Rio de Janeiro, for an end of the summer cruise up the coast of Brazil.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Cocounts

Coconuts R$4.00 Reais about $2.50 USD

French Tourist
I love coconuts, there very tasty, and there's nothing like sipping on an ice cold coconut while sitting on the beach and watching the french tourist go bye. My favorite place in Rio to buy one is at Guaraviton, on Copacabana beach, after drinking all the water out of it they'll cut it open for you so you can enjoy the delicious meat inside. Not all the places that sell coconut will do that for you but Guaraviton will.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Lagoon


Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, Rio de Janeiro
The Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon in Rio de Janeiro foreground, and Ipanema Beach. I do not of anywhere else in the world where there is a Lagoon this big so close to the ocean. It's a spectacular site from on top of Corcovado Mountain.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Photo Shoot

Engagement Photos

Fernanda & Rafael 
There is never any shortage of photo shoots going on in Rio, on any given day. Every time I visit this exciting city that sit on ocean with beautiful beaches everywhere there's always some kind of photo shoot going on. The other day was the engagement photos for Fernanda and Rafael, taken at the Guanabara Bay.   

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Paint Day

Mona-Raquel & Isabel, yes we always look like this.

I think today was national "Paint My Face Day." Either that or these girls just like to wear a lot of make up to make a fashion statement. Well, hopefully there off to art class now for more lessons.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Cargo Ships

Cargo ship from Spain

Two men counting the containers on the ship 
In Rio de Janeiro, there is what seems to be an endless flow of cargo ships coming into port. Most of the time there are so many ships that they can not dock and unload their cargo and must remain out in the bay sometimes for days waiting for a space.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Pão de Açúcar from Above

Pão de Açúcar-on the Guanabara Bay-Rio de Janeiro
This spectacular view of  Pão de Açúcar in Rio de Janeiro, was taken from on top of Corovado Mountain. Clouds kept rolling in and out at times making it impossible to even see anything below which I thought made the view that much more interesting at times.

Monday, March 12, 2012

View of Pão de Açúcar

Pão de Açúcar


Pão de Açúcar

View of the incredible Pão de Açúcar in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It's a spectacular site from where ever you are in the city this photo was taken from Circulo Militar, what ever that is, but the view was great. There's a cable car that take you to the top at 1299ft above the harbor. This huge rock is made of granite and quartz and you can also climb it if you'd like. Me, I'll take the cable car up.


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Ipanema Hippie Fair

Rose Silva-Paniter
Local Painter-Ipanema Hippie Fair 
Fernando Souza-Craft Maker
The Ipanema Hippie Fair in Rio de Janeiro. This Fair started back in 1968 were local artist, craft makers and painters would sell there work. It takes place every Sunday in Ipanema and has over 700 vendor. It's a great place to walk around and talk to the local the artist such as Rose, in the top photo who was more than happy to chat with me and my wife and pose for a portrait. Thank you.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Pele

Practicing for the World Cup 

Pele
Edson, aka Pele, is busy brushing up on his soccer skills for the up coming World Cup. Though now retired he's hoping to make a few bucks dazzling the anticipated crowds that will descend upon Rio, with the skills that once made him a super star in the sport.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Group of Friends

Monnique seated, Anderson, Crislayne, & Hed Maria
I meet this group of kids or shall I say young people at the Manguinhos Public Libray in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which is situated in a Favela. This has to be the nicest group of kids I've ever met anywhere in my travels thus far. Never have I come across a group of young people with so much energy and excitement for life just look at their beautiful genuine smiles I think that says it all. I pray they will be all God wants them to be.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Christ the Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer Statue covered in clouds
Christ the Redeemer
Christ the Redeemer
Well, I finally found the real Christ the Redeemer Statue. It was hidden under the clouds way atop Corcovado Mountain.  The symbol of Christianity for all the world to see, the statue has become an icon for Rio de Janeiro and Brazil. It is also the largest Art Deco statue in the world and the 5ht largest statue of Jesus.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

City Tour

Christ the Redeemer
Well on my self guided tour of Rio, on a rainy morning I finally found the Christ the Redeemer Statue that over looks the magnificent city of Rio de Janeiro. I thought it would be bigger and I didn't know it was made of sand. Funny how everything looks different on TV.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

At the Cross

Praça do Papa, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Praça do Papa, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
The Cross. What do you think about when you see a cross? For me, Jesus, and that my sins are forgiven. A new day, and a future. The Creator of the universe to whom someday every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ, is Lord. 

Friday, March 2, 2012

Serra do Curral Mountains

Serra do Curral Mountain in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Houses going up the mountains
The Serra do Curral Mountains that run along the southeast side of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. There is a huge park called Parque da Mangabeiras on top of the mountains and perhaps next time, time permitting I can make trip up there to check it out.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Drum Circle

Drum Circle
Paulo giving the Signal 
Paulo, leads a Drum Circle every Sunday afternoon in Praça do Papa, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He sometimes has more than 20 drummer in his group all following his musical direction as he blows his samba whistle to signal the group when it's time to move from one rhythm to the next.