Photographer's Note

High density

City: Sao Paulo – Quarter: Vale do Anhangabau - Location: Banespa building.

Sampa covers an area of 40x30 km and has 11 million inhabitants. Well travelled Paulistanos tend to be underwhelmed by the sky scraper density of other megalopoli. Standing on the observating deck on the 32nd floor of the 62 year old art deco Altino Arantes Building aka the Banespa tower, I understood why.

The image was shot towards the Paulista Avenue with its superimposed TV and radio broadcast towers. Sampa: fragmented view was captured in the tower. Information about it is : here. The Vale do Anhangabau is the old centre of the city - the spot where Sao Paulo was founded.

The reason for this return to my Sao Paulo portfolio is a festive one. From June-September three Rotterdam museums organize the Brazil Contemporary festival and one of them, the National Architecture Institute bought the right to use 22 of my Sampa pics. They will be used along with short urban films of students of the Sampa film academy in the “Retourtje Sao Paulo” program and will be projected on 4 x 5 meter screens. Of course the pics are mostly about architecture but there also some street pics too. I feel of course proud and am excited !

I dedicate this one to my dear friend Isabel, our guide and inspirer during our stay in Brazil.

Have a great Weekend !

The tech: PCS3&4 work flow: I altered the saturation, contrast, curves and levels for the whole pic and some elements separately, using different layers, USM-ed, added a frame and resized and did a USM (0,3px, 64%) again.

exif data
Camera Manufacturer : FUJIFILM
Camera Model : FinePix F30
Exposure time [s] : 1/550
F-Number : 5.6
Exposure program : Aperture priority (3)
ISO speed ratings : 100
Date taken : 2007:02:16 14:30:13
Exposure bias value : -33/100
Metering mode : Evaluative, Multi-segment (5)
Focal length [mm] : 36 mm (35 mm equiv)
Colour space : sRGB
image width : 3504
image length : 2336

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Additional Photos by Bert Hoetmer (bertolucci) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1928 W: 122 N: 4345] (14052)
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