The past month I had the great opportunity to get on the rooftop of a high building located at the 9 de Julio Ave., fourteen blocks away from the Obelisco de Buenos Aires. That’s 1 mile more or less, so all the photos and the timelapse in this post were taken with my Canon 100-400L lens.
Fortunately the weather was on my side and the wind was just null, perfect to shoot long exposures and video with a long and heavy lens such as the 100-400L, fully extended in some situations. Shooting at rush our was the main plan to get those typical, cliche….and cool car lights trails at night. The downtown of Buenos Aires is extremely busy and chaotic and the rush hour last not for just “one hour”, usually begins at 4pm and ends at 20pm, so there’s room enough to work with photos and video.
The timelapse was shooted using Magic Lantern on the 5D MKII in full RAW image quality, adjusted all frames in Lightroom 6 and exported to full sizes JPG’s, then batch cropped to 3840x2160px in Photoshop to end with a standard 4K ultraHD TV format.
Some history of the Obelisco from wikipedia:
The Obelisco de Buenos Aires (Obelisk of Buenos Aires) is a national historic monument and icon and landmark of Buenos Aires. Located in the Plaza de la República, in the intersection of avenues Corrientes and 9 de Julio, it was built to commemorate the fourth centenary of the first foundation of the city.
In order to enrich the surroundings of the iconic monument, the government of the city started the project Punto Obelisco, creating a zone full of LED signs. Since the Obelisk of the city is always associated with the night and entertainment of Buenos Aires, this project creates a zone similar to Times Square in New York and Piccadilly Circus in London.
On 1 November 2005 it was announced that a comprehensive restoration, financed by the Argentine painting and restoration industry association (Ceprara), was finished. The monument was painted with 90-micrometre acrylic paint to a “Paris stone” hue, deemed more pleasant than the previously used white.
On December 1, 2005, the obelisk was covered by a giant pink condom to commemorate the World AIDS day.
To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the La noche de los lápices, the monument was converted into a giant pencil.
Lines B, C, and D of the Buenos Aires Metro have stations near the monument, and are connected by a number of underground passages with commercial galleries.
The timelapse. For better quality please visit this link: https://vimeo.com/user44230040/buenos-aires-obelisco-aerial-view-night-timelapse