Daily Travel Photo: Christ the Redeemer

Daily Travel Photo: Christ the Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer by Brendan van Son
Christ the Redeemer by Brendan van Son

The Set Up

Christ the Redeemer – in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil –  might be one of the most photographed landmarks in the world. It is right up there with the Eiffel tower and Big Ben. So when photographing I shot every single angle, with every lens in my bag. I have close ups of the face, wide panoramic from fingertip to fingertip, and low obscure angles. It is hard to try and make a classic image your own, but that’s the fun of photography isn’t it?

The Shot

Shooting at midday is a bit of photographers nightmare. The sun tends to burn out the detail on anything and everything. So to fix this problem in this shoot I did two things. I shot in RAW (which I always do anyways), that allows some wiggle room to recover burnouts; but in this case I actually burned out part of the image on purpose for effect. And I threw on a circular polarizer which would bring out the blues of the sky and darken the image a bit.

Obviously, this image has been post produced quite a bit. I basically wanted to make the image look spiritual. What I did was bumped the vibrance and threw in a gradient vignette which gives the dark to light effect you see, as well as the rounded corners. In the end, I think I achieved what I wanted.

I shot this image at 18mm with the aperture at f7.1 and a shutter speed of 1/100. Iso100.

Buying the Print

You can buy this image in various forms, print, canvas, poster, greeting cards, via imagekind. You can check out prices by clicking on the image.

What’s Next?

Tomorrow I have an article coming out that I think you’ll find interesting. Basically, I will be looking into Rio de Janeiro and our society’s desire to seek out negative news. It will be called “Rio and the Bad News Bears”

Author: Brendan van Son

Author: I am a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. Over my years as a travel photographer, I have visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than I have any desire to count. If you want to improve your skills, be sure to check out my travel photography channel on Youtube . Also, check out my profile on . to learn a little bit more about me and my work.

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  1. I have to say, I was disappointed with this statue. To be amongst 1 of the 7 wonders of the world, it just doesn’t compare to the others. Having said that, I’m still glad that I visited it. I like the angle you photographed it!

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    • how about a proffesional girls beach volleyball tournament? I did photograph that!

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  2. Hey Brendan, I know what your talking about when it comes to shooting in the midday sun. I think you’ve done quite well from the angle you’ve shot as the light would have been quite intense. I remember this statue vividly. I could see it from my hotel window each and every day (that was in 1992 and I spent nearly 2 months in Rio), but I never made it up to look at it from a closer angle, such as in your photography until 1999. There was always something going on whilst in Rio, so I just kept on saying, tomorrow. I must visit the statue tomorrow.

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    • hahaha I do the same thing when living somewhere for a while that has an iconic image. A lot of times I just don’t make it up. I’m glad I did though, I had fun up there!

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