Portraiting the tropical forest fishes

A nice portrait of this characid,  Hollandichthys sp. They live on the dark areas, hidden from the currents. Being very curious and territorialist, you can get some nice portraits!
Shoot at quilombo river, Brazil.

Um retrato do Hollandichthys sp, um caracideo dos riachos de floresta Atlantica. Eles vivem nas partes mais escuras dos riachos, escondidos das correntes. São muito curiosos e territorialistas e voce dão boas chances de retratos!
Fotografado no Rio Quilobo, Brazil.

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Getting to know the Parque Estadual do Cunhambebê, in Rio de Janeiro.

The day the photographer ‘s Day is very uncertain . Sometimes they appear stolen , uncertain agendas … but eventually the luck knocks on our door . The agenda of dreams !

Cold and clean waters

Were 5 days of diving in streams 

. A lot of current, rocks and water in between 15C 20C

 These are waters of Cleaner of Rj State and incredibly are used to dilute the low water quality OTHER areas. The area produces the Corresponding to 12 % of drinking water OF cariocas. 

 I avoided Peeing on the river .. =D

I’ve  waited for more than 6 months to be able to participate in this expedition in the drainages of the Paraiba River , near Lidice RJ ; approximately 30km from Angra dos Reis. Details agreed , bags ( Everest style ) and plays to the airport. After 2 hours drive to the city of Lidice .

A catfish. I can remember this fish in some aquarium shops…

The park has recently been established and is based in Mangaratiba (!? ) . Apart from that , the park is restricted to legal boards and delimitations . An exploration invitation. -> For climbers , has LOTS of virgin wall.

Can you spot the fish here??

The great friend and ichthyologist Paulo Petry was with me , giving tips and having the patience of God , it was hard to get me out of the water.

foto by Paulo Petry.

Also participated in the expedition of a group of Rio de Janeiro National Museum. I documented some collections and learned a lot from these people .

Guys working hard.

I end the week almost forgetting my old ” Lambaris ” and  ” Tuviras ” (popular names) in order to take on Astyanax e Gymnodontidae..


We drove in 4 cars ( 4x4) and circled by various collection points. This team works in the area, having already published a fish identification guide of the area.

Thank the patience of my friend Paulo, on helping me with the fish in the aquariums . A lot of beer and patience to let the  fish retained … or making the catfish look beautiful.

Hard to shoot Brycons

Diving in the Brazilian Savannah!

Since serra do Cipó, in 2014, I’ve been looking foward the next dive in the Brazilian Savannah, or cerrado.

pic. by Luana Costa.

When looking for another trip, to make pictures to our image bank, the savannah was in our scope. 

Me & my partner, Lua Costa ( http://luacosta.com.br/  were convinced by the amazing pictures online  and a nice deal with an Hostel ( http://www.hostelcatavento.com.br -    5 stars in tripadvisor! )  plus the cheap tickets, after carnaval ;)

 On the 7th/feb. we arrived for a 12 days  of shooting in the Savannah. Waterfall, landscapes, animals, diving..

Alto Paraiso is full o interesting people…

Besides the hicking, I was always looking for  another “bog”  or any area with more than 30cm of water, as people thought. And some nightshoots! =D

 Enjoy ;)

the is the creek that forms the Balairina Waterfall.

Green water. pic. by Luana Costa.

Urban Climbing in São Paulo

Climbing at ‘bloco do Jaime’, at praça Roosevlt.


Some time ago a group of freelancers, artists, climbers, photographers.. whatever ;), decided to look for nice spots to practice urban climbing; aka, free bouldering in interesting places , in the urbanenvironment.

Popo climbing (today this place is used by the police =D )

Me climbing, by Jaime Jacinczzzzzzzxxxx

After some months we had the Red Bull Selva de Pedra, where some top ropes were set in the Avenida Paulista. Shame they didn’t have any photographers at the day ;).
Luckly, we were invited by the route setter to take some pictures, the night before the event.

Lucas Lima trying the lines.

Climbing at Av. Paulista.

By the second part of 2015 some new climbers and specially mr Pakito Jaime Jacinto, keep setting new lines around Praça Rosevelt (by the way, amazing place for a beer & climb).

The final picture with Gabi sending this nice V2.

Making of ;).

Jaime even recorded a nice video:

Last month, I went to check the work done by the guys, and check some histories about new highballs close to Anhangabau tube.

And yes..they are SICK! There are up to 9m lines waiting to me sent…

 Here some lines of Gabi sending.

7m V1

8m V3

8m V3

7m V1

You you want to climb at Praça Roosevelt, just google on maps. It’s very easy and close to the center.

Setting up a climbing shooting outdoors.

This time I would like about a shooting I did sometime ago, in Serra do Cipó, National Park.

. Jaime Jacinto climbing ” Sonho de Consubo, 7b fr”:  The shoot, with the lighting I had in mind.

At the time, I had an eye in a line called ” Sonho de Consumo”, an  total overhang 7b+, with plenty of big holds. IT’s a classic from the place and would be a nice option due to the dry and hot summer, because it’s so overhang that it’s always in the shadows!

Here, I’m using two anchoor points: the rope is fixed. The “dead” part is clipped to another point in the ground. Than I put tension on this (see my leg around it), so I’m connected to two points, with keep me more stable.

My idea was to work the shadows as a studio, so using high speed shutter, I could light the whole scene with strobes.

The picture looks fine, but I don’t like  the flashing, just lighing “nothing”.

Setting the divide, using radio receiver, was quite easy. Composing the belayer, the climber and light was another task. Coordinate the lighting on the background, the climber, belayer and my lighting (I was using a small flash, just to light up the climber’s face).

Here, the flash is behind the climber. Lighting the background and the belayer. The front “light” comes from my hotshoe. I’m a serious beliver that in climbing photography you MUST be able to see the eyes..

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