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« on: February 21, 2012, 14:58 »
I went with a friend yesterday shoot the Carnival floats as they were lining up for the parade at night. Geez, this was something I had been thinking of doing for years. It's awesome, so colorful and with so many interesting details. I was lucky to have this friend with me because he had already shot there before, so he knew how things are organized, a lot that I had no idea about.

The floats line up along a main avenue, on both sides of a transverse avenue where the parade is. So one side had good sunlight that made the colorful decorations really pop up, whereas the other had sun in the back and shade. Awful, but we tried to do the best we could with this inconveniece.

My photos are here:
and here (a special selection of the workers finishing the floats):

« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2012, 15:00 »
nice but where the are semi naked pics?? :D

« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2012, 15:18 »
Wow, I think that first page is the most colorful and intriguing page of thumbnails I have ever seen. You got some great shots!

« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2012, 15:25 »

Naked ladies on the parade only. I didn't shot that. My friend would if he could. He already enjoyed the semi-naked figure in one of the floats! :)


Indeed, those floats are amazingly colorful, I had my camera set for "standard", so there was no color punch other than using the polarizer in some shots.


« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2012, 17:00 »
Are you going to the parade? And yes, those half naked girls really are the sexiest in the world, their curves are crazy :o . But is it even safe walking around with a camera in your hand (or even carrying a backpack full of equipment) in Rio, especially in such huge crowds? I've heard Brazil in so insanely dangerous, no other country has so many helicopters registered - because wealthy ppl rarely drive around and if they do it looks like the president's motorcade is driving around. I heard Rio has also become very expensive, you easily spend 3k+ EUR in a couple of weeks if you wanna enjoy yourself (it used to be a grand or so not so long ago)

« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2012, 17:42 »

It is dangerous and not, that depends a lot. Expensive, yes. That's why I find it crazy when people start saying tha coist in 3rd world are low.

Anyway, I do take my camera to a lot of places without any issues, even at night, but that depends on the place. And mind you, I am very white and often mistaken as a foreigner, so a prey to robbers.

The parade area is very busy but not overcrowded, and well policed. I had a simple backpack and kept it in my back all the time, except when changing lenses.

The other day I went shooting an open exhibition at dusk and it was in an area that I considered risky, so I only took my compact. What a mistake! There were several people visiting the exhibition and many with cameras, long lenses, big tripods.

Helicopters are common in So Paulo, not much in Rio, but it is not a security matter, it's that the traffic in So Paulo is so dense that exceutives use them to avoid staying hours stuck.

Tourists do get robbed a lot in Rio, but that's basically for being uncautious, like leaving a bag unattended. There are however cases in which a gun is used, but these are the minority of cases. Pickpocket and baglifting are the most common tactics.

« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2012, 17:59 »
No chicks. Pity.


« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2012, 18:08 »
So you actually live there? Are you Brazilian as well? Because I got that info from a friend who has a friend from Brazil, a photographer as well (I also know who she is). If I remember correctly bodyguards or at least security personnel is allowed to carry automatic weapons. But I definitely remember him telling me about double walls surrounding villas of wealthy ppl, with high voltage security fencing. Double walls because the guards let you through the first gate, examine your car thoroughly (using mirrors to check underneath the car), they even open the trunk to see if someone sneaked in etc. Every double-walled villa also has only 1 exit/entrance, for the obvious security reasons. I've already mentioned that they travel around in huge (armored) SUVs, usually in groups of three cars and they don't really drive around except to their office and shopping malls with high level of security and underground parking (in the same complex). Ppl hide all their belongings under car seats and don't stop at red lights, since they often just smash your windows with big hammers.

Is that an exaggeration? Because that friend tends to exaggerate at times to make stuff more interesting and himself more important, but from what I've heard from other ppl, it couldn't be that far from the truth as well. I've also watched cidade de deus and tropa de elite 1&2.

« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2012, 18:54 »

I am sure that there may be wealthy people who live like that, but that is not the people of my acquaintance. :)

This looks a lot however like the lifestyle of the mafia-like lords of illegal gambling, who are also normally involved with a series of other crimes. Once in a while one is killed and there are always armored cars, personal security, etc.

Yes, I am Brazlian and live in Rio.

« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2012, 10:43 »
Traveling to Rio, especially for Carnival, is on my "bucket list" of things to do!


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