Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado Mountain seen from Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

(Image Reference: 20190124A-G9453)

Settings: 1/200s, f/8, ISO 100. Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM @190 mm.

It was very hazy as we sailed into Rio de Janerio, but I was determined to photograph the statue of Christ the Redeemer and also Sugar Loaf mountain.

The more recent versions of Lightroom has an excellent ‘dehaze’ control and I was confident that I could use that in conjunction with increased contrast and clarity to ‘cut through’ the mist. And this technique definitely worked, however, it did leave the image with an unwanted colour cast that no amount of white balance adjustment could solve. My solution to that problem was to assign a black and white profile to the image. In this case my favourite of the Lightroom B&W profiles: B&W03.

It wasn’t necessary to convert all my images to monochrome, in fact, the images of Sugar Loaf mountain work well in colour. This is because we were much closer t Sugar Loaf and so I had to use the dehaze slider less thus avoiding the colour cast.

Christ the Redeemer statue, Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Image Reference: 20190124A-G9574)

There are two stories behind this image – the first is the story about how I nearly didn’t get there. Everything had been stacked against us getting to up the statue.

The ship was late arriving. I had been unable to book tickets in advance online – despite several attempts. We walked to a local ticket office in the middle of the city and couldn’t find it. Even the locals didn’t know where it was.

In the end, we decided we would just hop a taxi to the catch the train up the mountain even though we suspected that all the tickets for the day would now be sold out.

Arriving at the station we got tickets for the next train up but we knew we would only have about an hour at the top before the site closed.

That hour included the golden hour. BUT the light was behind the statue of Christ. So although I got wonderful light the statue was for the most part just a silhouette.

The second story is about post-production. In Lightroom the highlights and were brought down. Shadows brought up, vibrance enhanced. A boost to contrast, a boost to clarity and a very slight tweak to the dehaze slider and I ended up with THIS image.

Settings: 1/160s, f/8, ISO 100. Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @24 mm.

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