Street Art in Brazil

Brazil, what an incredible place, the people, the landscapes, and the street art. As soon as I got out of the plane and onto the streets thats the first thing that I noticed, was the incredible street art, its everywhere.

You don’t see bad graffiti I mean you see some incredible pieces of art. Everywhere you walk, everywhere you look, its there, an amazing piece of art for you to enjoy. I felt like I was walking through the art district the entire time I was there, and let me tell you the vibe is in the air.

From the beaches, to the favelas, and everything in between, here are some cool pieces from Rio.

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View from the TV Antenna In Brasilia Brazil.

View from the TV Antenna In Brasilia Brazil.

It was my last night in Brasilia, I was walking around with my dad taking photos, the TV Antena was about to close but we got in just in time. I was up there for about 5 minutes and snapped 3 exposures, I really didn’t like what I saw, so I left.

When I got back home (in the states) I was going through my photos and ran into this one (I had completely forgotten about it). Even though it was quiet out and not lots of cars on the road, I think the photo came out looking good. Best part about it is that I was with my dad…

Next day we headed back to Rio, to carry on with the World Cup Festivities.

ViewFrom TV Antenna Brazil Brasilia

FIFA World Cup 2014

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What can I say, this is my second world cup and certainly not my last. My first time to Brazil and for sure not my last.[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][text_output]This World Cup was very special to me because I spent it with my dad, much like my fist one in 1994, but this time I’m a bit older and we had a bit more fun :) inf fact we had such a blast in Brazil that yesterday during the Final we stared making plans to go to Russia to the next one.

From here on out I can not miss another World Cup, there is something very special about it. Its so much bigger than a game. If you have ever been to one you know what I am talking about. I didn’t have much time to shoot but I did manage to sneak a few good shots in between the madness. So I leave you with this two. I did this edit with one of my HDR Lighroom Presets.[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][image type=”none” float=”none” link=”true” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”8022″ href=””][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Pão de Açúcar, Brazil

After a short red eye from Miami to Sao Paulo I jumped on another short plane to Rio De Janeiro. I had arrived. My first time in Rio I mean what was I do to? I got settled in and went down to the beach to take some pics, shortly after I found my self drinking caipirinhas. Feeling good after the sun had set. next thing you know the night turned into morning. It was crazy, my night went something like the movie The Hangover.

Pão de Açúcar, Brazil

After getting home at 5 am I laid in my bed waiting for my tour guide to show up, I jumped in the shower to try to wash the caipirinhas off (didn’t work by the way) and next thing you know the door bell rang. Yikes!!!!

Pão de Açúcar Rio De Janeiro

After a long day with dark sunglasses I ended up on top of Pão de Açúcar (8 hrs later) but as soon as I got there, my hangover was gone, the sleep depravation went away and I was left with this incredible view. To people like me views like this cure everything, specially when sharing them with dad, including crazy nights in Copa Cabana…. Until next time Brazil.

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You can download the Lightroom Preset I used to edit this photos Here. Awesomize your photos.

Have you ever been? Drop me a line below, I would love to hear from you.

How to pack light for short trips (camera gear)

How to pack light for short trips. Click here to check out the full updated list of my camera gear.

I’m out my door to Brazil and I was going through my emails and someone asked me how I pack when I travel for a couple weeks. Here it goes.

If there is anything I have learned in all my travels is to pack light. I know, I know, you have all these lenses, filters, tripods, cameras, and extra gear you want to bring along, but why??? I mean are you really going to use it? I learned this the hard way, but I learned.

Think about the stuff you use most often around your neighborhood, I mean do you carry all that and some when going for a photo walk with your friends? Probably not, in fact, I doubt you use any of the extra shit you have laying around your house you purchased out of impulse. Leave everything behind except what you are going to use for sure. Like a camera and a lens, that’s really all you need.

Back in the day, I used to carry this massive case full of gear only to realize that I never used any of it, a complete waste of time and effort.

Now, this is what I bring with me on short term trips. (unless I get hired by someone and need all kinds of gear there is no need to carry all this extra weight).

The most important to me is my most used setup. My Nikon D800e and my 14-24mm lens. One extra body and one extra lens. (just incase something happens, but this usually stays back in the hotel in a safe place)

A couple batteries, a tripod, a mini tripod (this one never leaves my bag), memory cards, a card reader, battery charger, a remote for long exposures, a 10 stop ND filter, and that’s really it. My laptop for keeping in touch with you guys and a HD to back up and save all my photos.

Traveling light is important for 2 reasons, one you don’t have to carry a bunch of stuff, and 2 you don’t have to worry about a damaging or loosing any of your gear. I promise you if you bring what you truly use, you won’t ever think about any of the other gear you have laying around.

I hope this short read was helpful, I am now in Rio and it’s amazing here. One day down lots more to go. Click on the pic to see all of my gear. The photo below shows you the gear I actually brought to Brazil.

My gear