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The Girl from Ipanema

In spite of the disastrous exit from the World Cup, I am pretty sure the nation of Brazil will be just fine when all is said and done. Just look at what they get to enjoy every day on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro. So your team lost a big game on the global stage? Big deal. Just head down to the beach, enjoy the beautiful scenery and the spectacular sunset. Besides, their team will bounce back. Right now, on a beach somewhere, there is probably a 9 yr. old boy preparing himself to be the next Ronaldinho while this beautiful girl strolls by.
If you want to avoid the crowded Southern California beaches this Summer, just head on over to this little hidden gem in Laguna Beach. And if you are lucky, Rapunzel might let down her hair and invite you up to her tower.

Discovered at Victoria Beach, Laguna Beach, California. See more at Trover
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Camera
Nikon D800
ISO
100
Aperture
f/7.1
Exposure
1/3th
Focal Length
14mm

If you want to avoid the crowded Southern California beaches this Summer, just head on over to this little hidden gem in Laguna Beach. And if you are lucky, Rapunzel might let down her hair and invite you up to her tower.

Discovered at Victoria Beach, Laguna Beach, California. See more at Trover

Ahhh, my beloved Playa del Carmen. When I finally decided to get serious with photography and purchased a decent camera, this was the 1st photo I ever took. Beautiful sunrise on Coco Beach.

Discovered at Coco Beach, Playa del Carmen, Mexico. See more at Trover

El Monumento a la Revolución in Mexico City. They say the famous Revolutionary Pancho Villa is buried here. Or maybe he isn’t. No one knows for sure. But the fountains sure are pretty.

Discovered at Monument to the Revolution, Mexico City, Mexico. See more at Trover

There are so many things to love about San Francisco. I’ve always believed it is the most photogenic city in the USA. From up here, you can admire the beauty of it all. Now as much as I love the city, I can’t stand its weather or its baseball team. Ha!

Discovered at Golden Gate Bridge Vista Point, Marin County, California. See more at Trover
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Camera
Nikon D700
Aperture
f/9
Exposure
20"
Focal Length
16mm

There are so many things to love about San Francisco. I’ve always believed it is the most photogenic city in the USA. From up here, you can admire the beauty of it all. Now as much as I love the city, I can’t stand its weather or its baseball team. Ha!

Discovered at Golden Gate Bridge Vista Point, Marin County, California. See more at Trover

"A Stroll Through Old Havana" - If you want to get to know the city of Havana, just start walking. All the colors, sounds, and aromas of the city come alive. Then take a break and have a mojito.

Discovered at Plaza Vieja, Havana, Cuba. See more at Trover
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Camera
Nikon D800
ISO
100
Aperture
f/5.6
Exposure
1/125th
Focal Length
24mm

"A Stroll Through Old Havana" - If you want to get to know the city of Havana, just start walking. All the colors, sounds, and aromas of the city come alive. Then take a break and have a mojito.

Discovered at Plaza Vieja, Havana, Cuba. See more at Trover

That one time I hiked 4 days to get to Machu Pichuu. What I wouldn’t do to return one day. 
#tbt 
#throwbackThursday

Discovered at Machu Picchu, Peru. See more at Trover
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Camera
SONY DSC-P92
ISO
100
Aperture
f/5.6
Exposure
1/250th
Focal Length
8mm

That one time I hiked 4 days to get to Machu Pichuu. What I wouldn’t do to return one day.
#tbt
#throwbackThursday

Discovered at Machu Picchu, Peru. See more at Trover

One of my favorite beaches in the whole world - Playa Paraiso in Tulum, Mexico. That translates to Paradise Beach. That sounds about right.

Discovered at Playa Paraiso, Quintana Roo, Mexico. See more at Trover
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Camera
Nikon D700
ISO
200
Aperture
f/9
Exposure
1/320th
Focal Length
14mm

One of my favorite beaches in the whole world - Playa Paraiso in Tulum, Mexico. That translates to Paradise Beach. That sounds about right.

Discovered at Playa Paraiso, Quintana Roo, Mexico. See more at Trover

"Blanket of Colors over LA" - Just another ho-hum evening in Southern California. Lovely LA evening from atop the Griffith Observatory. I took this photo three years ago but it looks like this practically every night.

Discovered at Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, California. See more at Trover
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Camera
Nikon D700
Aperture
f/7.1
Exposure
1.6"
Focal Length
16mm

"Blanket of Colors over LA" - Just another ho-hum evening in Southern California. Lovely LA evening from atop the Griffith Observatory. I took this photo three years ago but it looks like this practically every night.

Discovered at Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, California. See more at Trover

Photo of the Day: “Step into Paradise”
Imagine stepping out of your back yard and this is your view? I would just throw up a hammock between these two palm trees, pop open a bottle of vino, and call it a day. Up and down the Mayan Riviera you can find numerous little towns with views just like this one. This happens to be in Akumal which means “place of the turtles” in Mayan. This beach is a popular nesting ground for endangered Green sea turtles. You can actually swim out to where the boats are, peek into the water, and witness these beautiful creatures swimming right below the surface. After a nice swim, it’s back to the hammock to finish off the bottle of vino and enjoy the view. Now that’s what I call paradise.
More beautiful Akumal photos at: http://www.pixamundo.com/2012/07/02/step-into-paradise/
© Pixamundo | Rafael Bautista
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Camera
Nikon D700
ISO
200
Aperture
f/11
Exposure
1/80th
Focal Length
14mm

Photo of the Day: “Step into Paradise

Imagine stepping out of your back yard and this is your view? I would just throw up a hammock between these two palm trees, pop open a bottle of vino, and call it a day. Up and down the Mayan Riviera you can find numerous little towns with views just like this one. This happens to be in Akumal which means “place of the turtles” in Mayan. This beach is a popular nesting ground for endangered Green sea turtles. You can actually swim out to where the boats are, peek into the water, and witness these beautiful creatures swimming right below the surface. After a nice swim, it’s back to the hammock to finish off the bottle of vino and enjoy the view. Now that’s what I call paradise.

More beautiful Akumal photos at: http://www.pixamundo.com/2012/07/02/step-into-paradise/

© Pixamundo | Rafael Bautista

Photo of the Day: “The Romantic Sunset”
We hardly ever get rain in the L.A. area, especially in July. So when I peeked outside and saw the blanket of clouds throughout the southland, I figured this might be a nice photo opportunity. I headed out to one of my favorite locations (the Griffith Observatory) hoping to catch some nice shots. As I was getting out of my car, I could not believe the glorious colors that were illuminating the evening sky. I quickly dashed up the stairs, shoved past the tourists, and quickly set up my camera and tripod before the colors were gone. I was so focused on capturing the sunset that it wasn’t until I returned home and reviewed my photos that I noticed a couple on the ledge enjoying a quiet romantic moment. If I had noticed them earlier, I would have asked for their info in case they wanted a copy of the photo for posterity. So if you were on a date at the Griffith Observatory on July 18, hit me up and share your story. Unless, of course, you don’t want to be found out since your weren’t supposed to be there to begin with. Ahh, forbidden love…so romantic.
© Pixamundo | Rafael Bautista
Zoom Info
Camera
Nikon D700
ISO
200
Aperture
f/11
Exposure
2"
Focal Length
14mm

Photo of the Day: “The Romantic Sunset

We hardly ever get rain in the L.A. area, especially in July. So when I peeked outside and saw the blanket of clouds throughout the southland, I figured this might be a nice photo opportunity. I headed out to one of my favorite locations (the Griffith Observatory) hoping to catch some nice shots. As I was getting out of my car, I could not believe the glorious colors that were illuminating the evening sky. I quickly dashed up the stairs, shoved past the tourists, and quickly set up my camera and tripod before the colors were gone. I was so focused on capturing the sunset that it wasn’t until I returned home and reviewed my photos that I noticed a couple on the ledge enjoying a quiet romantic moment. If I had noticed them earlier, I would have asked for their info in case they wanted a copy of the photo for posterity. So if you were on a date at the Griffith Observatory on July 18, hit me up and share your story. Unless, of course, you don’t want to be found out since your weren’t supposed to be there to begin with. Ahh, forbidden love…so romantic.

© Pixamundo | Rafael Bautista

Photo of the Day: “The Beatles on Hollywood & Highland”
I admit…I am a huge Beatles fan. It has always fascinated me how they influenced music, art, culture, and politics on such a global scale in a span of only 7 years.  And here we are, almost 50 years later and their influence is still being felt.  So driving around Los Angeles last winter, I couldn’t help but notice the marketing campaign by Apple promoting The Beatles on iTunes.  It seems everywhere I was driving, I saw the larger than life Beatles staring down on the city.  As far as advertisements go, it’s actually pretty cool.  The simplicity of the black & white billboards is striking, especially when you compare it with all the other flashy billboards around it.  It comes across more like a museum piece rather than an ad for an online music store. Sort of reminds me of the iconic “Think Different” campaign Apple had back in the late 90‘s with other larger than life figures like Picasso, Jackie Robinson, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (to name a few).  This being the busiest corner in Hollywood,  I figured I better snap a photo before the latest Adam Sandler movie poster takes it place.
RIP George Harrison
View the original photo at Pixamundo: http://www.pixamundo.com/2011/10/30/hollywood-highland-and-the-beatles/
© Pixamundo | Rafael Bautista
Zoom Info
Camera
Nikon D700
ISO
200
Aperture
f/11
Exposure
1.29"
Focal Length
24mm

Photo of the Day: “The Beatles on Hollywood & Highland

I admit…I am a huge Beatles fan. It has always fascinated me how they influenced music, art, culture, and politics on such a global scale in a span of only 7 years.  And here we are, almost 50 years later and their influence is still being felt.  So driving around Los Angeles last winter, I couldn’t help but notice the marketing campaign by Apple promoting The Beatles on iTunes.  It seems everywhere I was driving, I saw the larger than life Beatles staring down on the city.  As far as advertisements go, it’s actually pretty cool.  The simplicity of the black & white billboards is striking, especially when you compare it with all the other flashy billboards around it.  It comes across more like a museum piece rather than an ad for an online music store. Sort of reminds me of the iconic “Think Different” campaign Apple had back in the late 90‘s with other larger than life figures like Picasso, Jackie Robinson, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (to name a few).  This being the busiest corner in Hollywood,  I figured I better snap a photo before the latest Adam Sandler movie poster takes it place.

RIP George Harrison

View the original photo at Pixamundo: http://www.pixamundo.com/2011/10/30/hollywood-highland-and-the-beatles/

© Pixamundo | Rafael Bautista

Photo of the Day: “Bliss Dance”
One of these years I am going to break down and finally attend Burning Man. I have been invited on many occasions and always find an excuse not to go. The thought of hanging out in the middle of the scorching desert, late in the summer, with sand blowing wildly in every direction, does not really appeal to me. Then there is the fear of tiny grains of sand creeping into my camera’s innards. I would not be able to afford the antidepressant medication if that were to happen. Unfortunately, I get to miss out on all the creative works of art that can only be seen during the festival (some are even burned down). Take for example this beautiful sculpture celebrating feminine beauty by the artist Marco Cochrane. She was unveiled at Burning Man in 2010. Lucky for us, Marco decided not to burn her down and we can all admire her graceful pose with the San Francisco skyline as a backdrop. Her name is Bliss Dance.
Read all about it at Pixamundo: http://www.pixamundo.com/2011/10/17/dancing-blissfuly-in-treasure-island/
© Pixamundo | Rafael Bautista
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ISO
200
Aperture
f/8
Exposure
25"
Focal Length
35mm

Photo of the Day: “Bliss Dance

One of these years I am going to break down and finally attend Burning Man. I have been invited on many occasions and always find an excuse not to go. The thought of hanging out in the middle of the scorching desert, late in the summer, with sand blowing wildly in every direction, does not really appeal to me. Then there is the fear of tiny grains of sand creeping into my camera’s innards. I would not be able to afford the antidepressant medication if that were to happen. Unfortunately, I get to miss out on all the creative works of art that can only be seen during the festival (some are even burned down). Take for example this beautiful sculpture celebrating feminine beauty by the artist Marco Cochrane. She was unveiled at Burning Man in 2010. Lucky for us, Marco decided not to burn her down and we can all admire her graceful pose with the San Francisco skyline as a backdrop. Her name is Bliss Dance.


Read all about it at Pixamundo: http://www.pixamundo.com/2011/10/17/dancing-blissfuly-in-treasure-island/

© Pixamundo | Rafael Bautista

Photos of the Day: “Endeavor Roams the Streets of Los Angeles”
I had quite an adventure following the Space Shuttle Endeavor through the streets of LA on its way to the California Science Center. More photos and a full recap at Pixamundo: http://www.pixamundo.com/2012/10/15/endeavor-roams-the-streets-of-los-angeles/
© Pixamundo | Rafael Bautista
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Camera
Nikon D800
ISO
1250
Aperture
f/3.5
Exposure
1.3"
Focal Length
24mm

Photos of the Day: “Endeavor Roams the Streets of Los Angeles

I had quite an adventure following the Space Shuttle Endeavor through the streets of LA on its way to the California Science Center. 

More photos and a full recap at Pixamundo: http://www.pixamundo.com/2012/10/15/endeavor-roams-the-streets-of-los-angeles/

© Pixamundo | Rafael Bautista

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