I have had a very long fascination with Argentine tango.
It first started in 2002 when we had a family holiday at Princessa Yaiza hotel in Lanzarote and it was the “evening show” with Argentine dancers which absolutely captivated me.
On my “to do” list in life there is point no. 34 “Learn to tango”
So my visit to Buenos Aires had to include this most wonderful, sensual, intuitive dance.
As I have mentioned already that I have used Foto-Ruta to arrange photography shoots for me and Paula again accompanied me on this one.
We met north of Palermo in the city and the first part of the shoot took place on balcony overlooking the city. It was 6.30 in the evening and the sunset goes on for a long time because of the latitude of Buenos Aires – it is called the “golden hour”.
I was introduced to Dani and to Julian who were to dance for me.
The Fuji X-E2 had been my camera of choice for the majority of the trip but I had brought Canon 5D III primarily for this shoot with my speedlight set to -2 for fill in flash. On the Fuji I had the 55-200 lens and on the balcony with the Canon my 16-35 2.8 and on the street my 50mm 1.2.
On the balcony I had asked them to dance and I would shoot around them. Outside when we were supposed to go to a local park I saw the graffitied garage door and said the rest of the shoot had to take place there.
I have edited and used the same actions on all the images so have a look and see which images you prefer. The Canon was a dream to work with during the dance shoot as I was using very fast lenses – nothing was lost – the Fuji wasn’t quick enough but the images on the more posed shots are so beautiful in quality and I didn’t have to do much in post production.
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