Buenos Aires – Photo Tip

How to create motion in a photograph

Avenida 9 de Julio is a wide avenue in central Buenos Aires with seven lanes in either direction – or 22 in total if you include the roads on each side that allow its claim to be the widest avenue in the world. It is named in honor of Argentina’s Independence Day: July 9, 1816.

Photo by Jochem Wijnands

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?

Jochem Wijnands
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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.

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Obelisco de Buenos Aires (Obelisk of Buenos Aires) was built in 1936 to commemorate 400 years from...

Obelisco de Buenos Aires (Obelisk of Buenos Aires) was built in 1936 to commemorate 400 years from the first foundation of the city, being built in a record time of 31 days. It is made of steel-reinforced concrete, clad with polished concrete with breaks to simulate the original stone cladding which began to fall off in 1938 and was removed for safety. Photo by Jochem Wijnands

Jochem Wijnands

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Obelisco de Buenos Aires (Obelisk of Buenos Aires) was built in 1936 to commemorate 400 years from the first foundation of the city, being built in a record time of 31 days. It is made of steel-reinforced concrete, clad with polished concrete with breaks to simulate the original stone cladding which began to fall off in 1938 and was removed for safety.