The Epic Harbor of Buenos Aires

Yosemite PhotoWalk Approaches!

I leave pretty soon for this epic trip.  There is nothing formally planned, but if you are in the area, you are welcome to come out and join the crowd! :)  See Thomas Hawk’s thread here to get an update.

Daily Photo – The Epic Harbor of Buenos Aires

I think I should not have been here.

After I was roaming around this area, a few of my Argentine friends told me it was quite dangerous.  There is a popular area nearby that is much safer, but I heard it attracts the criminal element… and they are more likely to pick off the weak wildebeests on the outskirts… this was definitely the outskirts.

The Epic Harbor of Buenos AiresI think I should not have been here.After I was roaming around this area, a few of my Argentine friends told me it was quite dangerous.  There is a popular area nearby that is much safer, but I heard it attracts the criminal element... and they are more likely to pick off the weak wildebeests on the outskirts... this was definitely the outskirts.- Trey RatcliffRead more here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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  • Jeff Peterson

    Great photo, I really like the composition.

    I’ve made the same mistake myself a few times while traveling, wandering through areas alone that I probably would have been better off avoiding but had just started exploring and ended up there without planning it.

  • Susan

    I like this one – kind of dreamy looking…..pretty clouds!

  • Lady Fi

    Wow – what an amazing shot!

  • Patrick Ahles

    Quite a dramatic scene! Like it!

  • Dad’s Dad

    I have made that mistake more than once. Probably a few times with you in tow.

  • Richard

    Love the ghostly feel to this one. Super interesting sky too. That little sprig of foliage in the foreground is like a garnish… Beautiful!

  • Michael

    Trey…..I was told the exact same thing after I was rambling about that area! Luckily, this Wildebeest is still here ;)

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thank you :)

  • Edith Levy

    Very dramatic. Love your composition. Great shot as always Trey.

  • Gege Salgado

    I was born and live in Buenos AIres and I am surprised by the beauty of this picture!! In spite of the fact that the place is very Folkloric it sure smells awful and like you say NO PLACE TO TAKE EXPENSIVE EQUIPMENT!! I bought your book yesterday and can’t devoured it last night. Will start my first steps in HDR photography on the 31th with the fireworks viewed from a high building in puerto madero! I hope I can get fun photos! Regards

  • Craig

    I keep hearing about the Yosemite New Year’s Day Photowalk, but I haven’t been able to find any details, such as where and when. Yosemite National Park is a big place, and New Years Day lasts all day. The link to Shirley Lo’s thread just returns an error.

    Where can I find the details? Do I need to register if I’m interested?

  • Trey Ratcliff


    Craig – sorry about that – see this post:

  • Brad

    Wow, what an incredibly epic capture!!

  • Sebastian

    Hi Trey,

    Please don’t let people scare you that much. It has touristic circuits that are completely safe. Also, outside tourists circuits it is not that insecure. People tend to scare visitors here because they live in fear and paranoia, since TV is always magnifying criminal acts. Of course this is not Canada or Sweden but we are not Colombia, Brazil or Mexico.

    La Boca is not really the outskirts of Buenos Aires. You need to take a train or a 30 minute car ride from that place to the suburbs to really see the outskirts. That picture you taken is an old port, actually a boat cementery, on the “Boca del Riachuelo” that is the nighly contaminated end of the little river called “Riachuelo” that separates the Capital city (Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires) from the Buenos Aires Province. The real ports are a little bit south east (Dock Sud) and north east.

    Anyways amazing picture I am setting in my wallpaper rotation =). Thank you for sharing all your material.

  • Chelin Miller

    I love this photo! I was born not far away from that spot but I now live in China (now visiting family in Buenos Aires for the holiday season). Keep up the good work!

  • Marc


    A agree with Sebastian. It’s not a very dangerous area but you have to be aware of a few more risky places (underneath the highway bridge). I did walk there from downtown many times and yes, there are a few spots where I felt that my photo equipment was at risk and probably worth 100 times the value of the houses I was walking by.

    Yes, to be seen and photographed, but I recommend taking the nice bus #152 from anywhere on Santa Fe, Plaza St-Martin…

    Here is a 2 minute clip I made last year if any of you want to discover a little more about the “barrio”!

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