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He Did it to Us Again
He Did it to Us Again

Earlier this year, we had the good fortune of visiting Buenos Aires where we hired Nicholas Tinelli, a photography guide, for a day. We captured many a good photo while having a great time touring the city. At the end of the day we were exhausted, sending Nick home early. “Do you not want to photograph blue hour?” Yes, we do but cannot stand up for another minute.

Fast forward ten months, we are here in Buenos Aires again where we called upon Nick for another day of touring. He did not disappoint, wearing us out, forcing us to send him home early. “Do you not want to photograph blue hour?” Same answer as last time. Another great day of photography where we collected images different than last time.

We started at 3:45am, jetlagged and sleep deprived, with an hour drive outside of Buenos Aires to the sleepy town of Uribelarrea. Was the town sleepy, or were we? A mattered not once the gaucho arrived, wearing his traditional wares.

Pre-sunrise photo of a silhouetted gaucho on his horse.

The gaucho with his trusty horse.

A portrait in wonderful light.

After two hours of intense shooting, we shared Mate', the traditional tea of the gaucho.

The gourd (cup) is passed round for a sip. This would never have occurred during Covid!

From sleepy to active we are back in Buenos Aires at the Ateno Grand Splendid just after it opens. Just one look inside and we notice the bookshop is aptly named. Have you ever seen a bookshop like this? It opened in 1919 as a theater eventually showing Argentina’s first talkie film in 1929.

So grand I needed three images stitched together to show it all.

Tired and hungry we dined for lunch at ROUX, a top new restaurant situated near the famous Recoleta cemetery. It is fancy with wonderful food – too bad we ate there after spending time with a horse and a gaucho. Regardless, they treated us well.

It turns out that our hotel, Avera Palace, has a great staircase that just begs to be photographed. Although not on Nick’s itinerary, he made time as he has been wanting to shoot this for years.

A dizzying look down the staircase.

We wrapped up the day with 90-minute tour of Palacio Barolo which could/should have been half as much. Most of the tour consisted of either walking up or walking down extremely narrow staircases, some of which were nearly suffocating. Except there was one respite at someone’s office. What a view!

This is the view one of the office workers enjoy - there is no way they get much work done.

We returned to our hotel at 8:30pm, 17 hours after we began. A fantastic day with fantastic shooting. Both of us are looking forward to shooting with Nick in the future.

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A couple of bonus images from our day with Nick:

Almost bought a traditional Knife of the gaucho from a vendor in San Telmo.

Interesting architecture everywhere in Buenos Aires. Nick convinced this biker to ride back and forth for an interesting element to the photo.

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