Author Archives: Rafaelinho

Sharing my photo adventures from around the globe.

The Sun Rises Over La Habana

I had heard prior to my arrival in La Habana that the waves had been crashing onto the Malecón (seawall) with much more force than usual. So naturally, on my first day in the city, I awoke before dawn to trek out along the 8 km long Malecón looking for some good photo opportunities. Sure […]

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Playa Paraiso in Tulum

There is only one road within the jungles of Tulum, Mexico and it runs right along the beach. All you will find on this road are some boutique cabañas and small Mom and Pop restaurants serving up scrumptious fish tacos. No hi-rises or splashy hotels. You can pull over pretty much anywhere and enjoy miles […]

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The Fallen Giant

It is hard to comprehend how big the Redwood forest trees are if you have never been there. As you walk around, it is amazing to see the magnitude of these giant trees that have been here for 100’s of years. Most grow to over 300 ft. and some have even been around for over […]

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City Night Lights at the Disney Hall

What are the best cities to explore after dark?  I know Paris has a well deserved reputation as the city of lights, but there is always room for others on the list. In downtown Los Angeles, there has been a big revitalization going on in the last 5-10 years.  I remember a time as recently […]

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El Matador

Southern California has many popular beaches with cool names like Oceanside, Newport, and Venice. Then there is this little slice of beach up in Malibu named Matador (Killer). I wonder why someone would give it that name? Maybe it’s because the steep hike to and from will leave you gasping for air. Or it could […]

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Midnight Drive

It’s tough to get a good photo of the Los Angeles skyline when no one will allow you in any of the buildings. I was trying to get access after work hours to a rooftop at some of the downtown buildings but was not having any luck. Unless you work in a particular building or […]

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Twin Peaks

Whenever I visit a city, I try to identify where some of the best panoramic views can be found. Some cities, like Rio, Seattle, or Paris, only have one or two. But in San Francisco there are many spots where you can enjoy some spectacular views of the city. And they are usually free. You just need […]

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The Carpinteria Coast

Driving the California Pacific Coast Highway allows for many scenic views. You can pull over for a break and admire the green and blue hues of the Pacific Ocean or just take your time driving and enjoy the lovely scenery. This is in Carpinteria just south of Santa Barbara. It was taken on a cloudy […]

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