Trinkets for Sale, Argentina

Interesting brass and copper trinkets at an outdoor market in Buenos Aires, Argentina Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 lens @ 60mm. Exposure Details: 1/80 second @ f8 ISO 100.

This image was made at an outdoor market in Buenos Aires, Argentina at the end of a photography tour I co-ran to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsular in November, 2010. 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.

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 employed Adobe Lightroom 3 for basic image processing and to apply a warm color tint to the image. Adobe Photoshop CS5 was used to further enhance the glow that drew me to the scene in the first place. I feel the warmth and glow helps to communicate the nostalgia we associate with such subject matter.

I only had a few days in Buenos Aires but was quite taken with the place. 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. It's not the safest city in the world, and our camera equipment can provide a tempting target, so care needs to be taken. It's important not to advertise yourself as a photographer, move around discretely and in as unobtrusive a manner as possible and, where possible, have someone with you keeping an eye peeled. Naturally dark alleyways and rougher neighbourhoods are usually best avoided.

But by paying attention and taking care many great opportunities await the keen photographer. My advice: seek the exotic, embrace the madness, revel in the chaos and find sancturary in the commonplace.    

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Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru