Rio at Sunset
“Rio at Sunset” – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Raymond Choo – Featured Photographer
Charlie’s Super Fantastic Photo Tip #2: In travel photography, give the viewer a sense of how you arrived at your location. It allows them to feel that they are travelling with you.
Ray probably has a shot of the city from another angle at sunset. That image is probably just as beautiful (if not more) than the one shown here. However, I doubt it would have been as interesting. Why? You see the cable car heading up the mountain in the foreground and especially the cables leading to the top of Sugarloaf. You can see how Ray was experiencing the trip as a participant and not just a sideline guy. The photo makes me think about the few time I have been on a cable car and the really cool places they went. Not only does it make me want to follow in his footsteps in Rio, but it also reminds me I need to try the Aerial Tram in Palm Springs, CA.
Also if you love this image you are in good company it was published in National Geographic Traveler magazine http://raymondychoo.zenfolio.com/p588018572/h2550e211#h2550e211
To see more of Raymond’s spectacular work check out his portfolios below:
We visited Sugarloaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar); famous for its fantastic view of Rio de Janeiro with its surrounding beach resorts like Copacabana and Ipanema. We timed the visit to enjoy the sunset followed by the illumination of city lights.
In this image, 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. Along with a tripod, I used a 3-stop graduated ND filter to balance the strong contrast in the sky and foreground areas.
Camera: Canon 5D
Lens: 24-105 f/4L IS lens at 35mm
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