I was interested in the same topic as well. The only way to get that picture is from a chopper. The latest issue of NG has an incredible spread smack in the middle. It is a panoramic stitched together from two photos. Check it out if you can.
Virtual tour of Rio de Janeiro: 360° Aerial Panorama.
This panorama can be opened in two different resolutions.
After you have chosen the resolution, the map box in the upper right corner of the screen will permit you to see other spectacular views of Rio.
This shot was probably taken from Sumaré hill, most likely from the TVs towers, with, of course, a great zoom expedient. But the possibility of been taken from an aerial helicopter tour is not out of question.
But there are also other many excellent spots to photograph the Christ. These are: some points along the Paineiras road, from Parque Lage (at Jardim Botanico neighborhhod) and from some parts of the famous stepy trail that links the park to Corcovado (about 2h30´trekking), from Mirante Dona Marta (view point), from Lagoa Rodrigo de fReitas boardwalk close to Ipanema (Av Epitacio Pessoa) from Pico da Tijuca (the highest peak of Tijuca National Park)...
Other amazing places to work out your photo skills are the Arpoador (Ipanema´s left corner), Mirante do Leblon, Parque Penhasco Dois Irmaos, Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas (specially the point between Parque dos Patins and the Helipoint as well as the point called Curva do Calombo, close to Corte do Cantagalo), the top view point from the Catacumba park, the top of Forte do Leme, Urca (from Bar Urca), Pedra Bonita (departure points for hang gliders), the sunset from Ipanema´s Posto 9, the sunset at Rua Uruguaiana at Rua Senhor dos Passos (center area), the Ilha de Paquetáa (Paqueta Island)...
The Urca neighborhood is a great place for photography. Walk there from the Sugar Loaf cable car station, along the bay and past the old casino. From there you can see Cristo but he's far away. Continue thru the neighborhoods past Carmen Miranda's home and check out the old houses and mansions, the flora, and the quant neighborhood in general. End up at Bar Urca and the scenic mouth of Botafoga Bay .
Yes... Sven... Old Rio, is a good inspiration.
A highlight the surroundings of Uruguaiana street, Gonçalves Dias street, Senhor dos Passos street and the surroundings of the lively Saara street market, with their many colonial houses, a truly architecture treasure, not experienced by most of the tourists.
Gloria has some wonderful art deco apartment buildings that make great subject material.
Mirante do Paz at the top of the elevator leading to Cantagalo gives impressive and an unusual perspective across Ipanema, back towards the Lagoa and close ups of Cantagalo itself. easy to access the elevator is in the foyer to the rear most exit to General Osorio metro station and it's free.
The Vista Chinesa gives you some really impressive panoramas of the city.
Arpoador is where people take the iconic, if somewhat cliched shots of Ipanema and Dois Irmãos.
Grumari and Prainha will give you some shots of a more unspoilt landscape.
The church at Penha is worth visiting and its location gives some commanding views.
Like Sven and Gus I think the areas nominated in Centro have considerable charm, Morro da Conceição and Ld. do João Homem in particular offer some really nice photo opportunities of old Rio that most tourists don't bother to take in.Edited: 02 November 2012, 23:01
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