Corcovado from Sugar Loaf
OK, so I said I was not going to do any "picture postcard" shots of Rio, since there are so many of them out there already and the world doesn't need another one. But this one is mine and I wanted it for posterity. Shot from Sugar Loaf, overlooking Rio and Corcovado, it is actually a two-shot pano (one atop the other) and it was mostly an experiment to see if I could remove a bluish haze that turned the original into a bluish, gauzy mush. In that regard I think I succeeded. Aside from taking the gondolas to Sugar Loaf the other "must do" thing in Rio is to take train to the statue of Christ at the top of Corcovado. It is a special cog train that essentially travels almost straight up at a very steep angle up and down the backside of the peak. Corcovado, in Portuguese, means "hunchback" and you can see why in this shot.