Buenos Aires – Photo Tip
How to create motion in a photograph
The “Avenida 9 de Julio” is a wide river of cars and noise in downtown Buenos Aires. The Avenida flows day and night and as a pedestrian you don’t have any business there. The challenge as a photographer is: how can I capture it?
To photograph the essence of a busy Buenos Aires traffic hub like Avenida 9 de Julio is not easy. From ground level it is difficult to comprehend, let alone appreciate, the sheer size of it. I decided I needed elevation for the shot because this would create the desired overview and order.
The Telecom building in Buenos Aires proved to be the perfect spot because it is the only building which stands in the middle of the Avenida. However, it is not a public building and security is tight.
I talked to the doorman and explained who I was. He took me to the roof and allowed me to spend a few hours there. I set up my tripod and started taking pictures. For me the real moment arrived when the sun was beginning to set behind the skyline and the car lights lit up.
To create a sense of a moving stream of cars I used low shutter speeds on my camera and experimented with the camera settings. At some point I started panning and zooming out while taking a photo which resulted in some spectacular shots. Even though a travel magazine would not normally publish these pictures, experimenting with my camera has always pushed me forward and made me a better photographer.