Photographer's Note

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View of the Esplanada dos Ministérios, with the Praça dos Três Poderes (Square of the Three Powers) at the end. The picture was composed from a series of stitched photos taken at 300mm (480mm w/ 1.6 crop) from the Torre de TV de Brasília. At the center, lies the National Congress, siege of the Legislative Power; along the esplanade we can see some of the ministerial buildings; on the far left is the Palácio do Planalto, siege of the Executive Power; on the far right lies the siege of our constitutional court and highest appellate body, the Supremo Tribunal Federal. Brasília is only that green in the rainy season, otherwise it’s more of a desert, with 20% or less relative humidity.

“Architecture does not constitute a simple matter of engineering, but a manifestation of the spirit, of imagination and poetry.
In the Congresso Nacional Palace, for instance, the composition ensued from these criteria: of the conveniences of architecture and urbanism, of volumes, of open spaces, of the visual opportunity and of perspectives, and specially of the intention to assign monumentality by the means of the simplification of its
elements and the adoption of pure and geometric forms. From those stem the whole project and the seizing of local features so that, at the level of the flanking roadways, there could be a monumental esplanade above whose plane would rise the two domes (one facing up and the other down) in accordance with the hierarchy that should characterize the palace.”
Oscar Niemeyer (at

To see all my pictures of Brasília, Brazil click here. Other pictures of the Congresso Nacional.

14/4/2007 16:05:09
Shooting Mode: Aperture-Priority AE
Tv (Shutter Speed): 1/320
Av (Aperture Value): 20.0
Metering Mode: Evaluative Metering
Exposure Compensation: 0
ISO Speed: 400
Lens: 70.0 - 300.0 mm
Focal Length: 300.0 mm

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