Covering the World Cup from a sports perspective, our photographers have had their hands full for the last few weeks, and in the best possible way - bringing the action and the drama in pictures from all the teams

As the tournament wraps up, we shine a light on Rio from a higher perspective – as in literally from up in the clouds. Staff photographer, Jamie Squire tells us about his memorable helicopter ride with our Co-Founder and CEO, Jonathan Klein, where he captured some amazing images of the “Marvelous” city.

The below shots were taken by Jamie from a helicopter on its way to the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain, which is situated near Guanabara Bay, overlooking the famous Copacabana Beach.  Get ready to swoon.

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I shot mostly wide-angle general views with the 24-70mm to try to obtain the "classic" views of the city with the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Cocovodo, Sugarloaf Mountain and the beaches. 

I was after a shot of the Christ the Redeemer with Maracana Stadium in the background but since it was a tourist flight and not specifically hired for aerial photography, the pilot had a set course and would not veer from it. 

I also took a 70-200 all shot on a 5dmkII.  All was shot at 2000th of a second to avoid any kind of virbration from the helicopter - something experience has taught me.  Later I uploaded the pics to our site, as well as to Instagram and loved everyone's reaction.

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