Trinkets for Sale, San Telmo, Argentina
This image of old world trinkets was made at an outdoor market in the San Telmo neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
I made the image at the end of a photography tour I co-ran to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsular.
Most of the participants had, by this stage, either begun their travels home or continued their adventures elsewhere.
It was great fun wandering around the busy streets, crammed with stalls, street performers and the odd pair of tango dancers.
Photographers Paint The World In Light
The old-world trinkets were interesting and the light, diffused by the surrounding tent in which the stall was housed, provided a lovely, delicate light that enhanced the glow on the surface of the brass and copper objects.
I'd go as far to say the interaction of the light on the surface of the subjects added a real luminous quality to the image, which I found irresistible.
I'm very glad I made this photo.
I made the image on a Canon 5D Mark II camera with a Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens @ 60 mm. An aperture of f/8 was sufficient to render the entire scene, from front to back, nice and sharp.
Why I Post Process My Photos
I employed Adobe Lightroom for basic image processing and to apply a warm color tint to the image.
Adobe Photoshop was used to further enhance the glow that drew me to the scene in the first place.
I feel the warmth and glow in the image helps to communicate the nostalgia we associate with this kind of old world subject matter.
For me post processing is not about saving photos with problems. It’s about grabbing an already good photo and bringing it closer to the image I have in my mind’s eye.
What To Expect In Buenos Aires
I only had a few days in Buenos Aires but was quite taken with the place. I hope to return one day, hopefully on my next trip to Antarctica.
The city area bears the marks of history. Street upon street of somewhat dilapidated buildings tell the tale of the grandeur of by-gone days.
Buenos Aires is not the safest city in the world and care needs to be taken as our camera equipment, as well as our wallets, can provide a tempting target for thieves.
In such circumstances I think it's important not to advertise yourself as a photographer. My advice is to move around discretely and in as unobtrusive a manner as possible. Where possible, have someone with you keeping an eye out in case of trouble.
Naturally is wise to avoid dark alleyways and rougher neighbourhoods, particularly if you’re not familiar with these parts of town.
But by paying attention and taking care many great opportunities await the keen photographer.
My advice, whether you’re travelling overseas or exploring your own neighbourhood, is to seek the exotic, embrace the madness, revel in the chaos and find sanctuary in the commonplace.