Argentina, Chile & Brazil ?

Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by WAngell, Nov 11, 2018.

  1. We're planning a trip south. Does anyone know what restrictions there may be on street shots or other limitations we should be aware of?

  2. We took about 2000 pics in Buenos Aires 4 years ago with no problems. I'd checked the web as well as I could for restrictions and found none. We're on our way to Santiago and Mendoza Wednesday for 2 weeks and anticipate doing the same there. Here are a few examples:

  3. We visited Argentina recently for a month to see family, and do not know of any laws prohibiting street photography. However, I did feel less safe than on previous visits, after hearing first-person accounts of the snatching of purses, camera bags and cameras. One avid photographer there has now switched to large sensor compacts because he feels their value is not as obvious as that of DSLRs.

    I normally never complain about spelling, but you should know that if Chileans see you write the name of their country, Chile, as if it were the food, "chili," they will get offended. The only thing that might help is that Chileans don't eat chili, it's consumed much further north.
  4. Wow...that first frame is excellent.
    Almost looks staged...not in a "bad" way, but like it was a commercial photo for a travel ad or something. The dancers look like models.
    It is a stunning shot.
    The timing of the composition really attracts the viewers eye.
    Well Done.! :)
  5. Thanks so much! I was fortunate enough to get some great shots of the musicians and tango dancers who fill the streets of the San Telmo neighborhood and the clubs. Here are a few more:




    I posted the next one a while ago in another thread, cropped here for better composition -

  6. Breaking news from Santiago! Camera snatching is now a huge problem here. There are many web posts urging great caution, but I never expected what happened the day we arrived. We walked to the Castaneda Center from our hotel with my new a6500 around my neck, and we went into the beautiful wine store that greeted us as we entered the mall. The owner immediately told me to put my camera away, because mugging for cameras is common even in this upscale mall! I zipped my travel vest over it and used my RX100 for the rest of our 4 days in Santiago. Our hotel staff also warned us about this the next morning as we left for a day in the Casablanca wine region - we were told to put away cameras etc if we stopped in town for dinner and had to get back to the hotel on our own.

    We’re currently on our way to Mendoza, where I assume I can use my alpha safely. But we’ll be back in Santiago for another 4 days in a week, and the RX100 will have to do.
  7. This is stunning to me. I live in Colombia and there is absolutely no risk whatsoever of theft or mugging when carrying an expensive camera in the principal shopping centers in the principal cities. In fact I sometimes visit "El Centro", the downtown area of Cali with my a6000 to take street shots and have never experienced an awkward moment. I am really surprised by this report on Santiago, Chile.
  8. Never had any issues photographing in Cuba or fears. Folks there seem to want to you to take their photo and enjoy your visit.

    Perhaps if you feel you are going to be a victim you will be...the scent of fear that predator's are attracted to.
  9. Photograph using a Nikon D600 with a big zoom at 75mm.

    Bit of Arty expression;)
  10. Keyboard sticking?......;)
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  11. ;))

    Sort of like it in very small arty way.

    Have you travelled, Claud? err I mean moved on.

    What was your experience? Hey, I don't mean one state to another;) Don't be shy.
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  12. 1) I’m talking about Chile, not Cuba.
    2) I was told this spontaneously by shopkeepers while carrying and using my a6500 without concern. I neither anticipated this nor provoked it. I’m 6’2” and was quite prepared to use my beer bottle as a defensive weapon today - we do not present ourselves as patsies. We smile and say Hola to everyone, and “the scent of fear” is silly and unwarranted hyperbole.
    3) I shot 161 frames this afternoon with my RX100 without attracting any attention. Perhaps I should have upgraded my Mk1 for a 5a instead of getting the a6500.

    We are now in Mendoza, where our hotel staff (Intercontinental in both Santiago and Mendoza) told me the same thing. We were in downtown Mendoza this afternoon having a beer at an outdoor table when 3 street people surrounded the area and began eating food from plates left on cafe tables. One tried to sell us a few hot items and the other two were simply begging for money. It’s getting rougher around the world, and a word to the wise is warranted, in my opinion. Glib patronizing is not.

    We feel terrible that so large a segment of the world’s population has been reduced to this. But we do not believe that acquiescence helps the situation. It takes a concerted effort from government and the community to change it, and that is sadly not in evidence.
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  13. Socialism has some bright sides too, like security:)
  14. Sandy Vongries

    Sandy Vongries Administrator Staff Member

    So does Freedom, and the right to self defense plus the means to make it effective regardless of sex, age, or infirmity. You pick till / before it is your turn as victim.:D
  15. I went to the mailbox this morning.
    I have a photo of it somewhere here.
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  16. “We feel terrible that so large a segment of the world’s population has been reduced to this. But we do not believe that acquiescence helps the situation. It takes a concerted effort from government and the community to change it, and that is sadly not in evidence.”

    World poverty has declined steadily over the past 25 years and continues to do so.
    Governments do do not reduce poverty.
    Productive people do that,
    Governments produce nothing.
    At their rare best they help secure the production.
    Perhaps giving your cameras away before you leave would absolve you of those “terrible feelings”.......
    That would resolve the security issue and terrible feelings in one fell swoop.
    All that said, take care, enjoy the interactions and scenery, and above all keep posting the great photos!
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  17. Since we're talking generalities, it seems to me the countries with the best material standard of living are those with strong government and the countries with the worse situations have weak or dysfunctional govts.
    But it's not going to make much different to TG Turkeys:)
    For all us Yanks, Happy Thanksgiving, hope we can all have an experience of gratitude for being alive and living in relative abundance.
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  18. We had a wonderful dinner after touring the winery in which the restaurant is located - Los Toneles. WiFi is challenging here, so I’ll post pics after we return home next Wednesday.




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