On vacation, when taking pictures is a priority, all your priorities change (for the better!) and strolling around Buenos Aires on a rainy day is no exception to that rule.
Some of the things that usually annoy people about rain are actually positives when it comes to photographing a city. Yes, porteños tend to overreact to bad weather, making them a bit grouchier, and your feet and pants will get soaking wet from splashing yourself on the loose tiles on the sidewalks. On top of that, it is likely that at least one form of public transportation will shut down. But when you abandon that hurried lifestyle for the more laid-back pace of a photographer, who cares if public transportation is working? You don’t need to get anywhere.
1. Get Yourself a Fancy Umbrella
Seco Rainwear: Armenia 1646
When you’ve got the rainy day blues and not even the idea of taking pictures in the rain gets you excited, a purty umbrella from Seco will probably do the trick. Seco is an itty-bitty shop in Palermo that makes adorable rain-gear. The kind of rain-gear that makes you wish it actually rained more so you could use this stuff all the time.
If it’s raining and you happen to find yourself in Palermo, this will be a lifesaver, because Palermo tends to become very, very flooded during heavy rains.
2. Show Off that Umbrella
Again, you’re in no hurry since the subte is probably broken down and finding a cab would be harder than simply finding a canoe and paddling from Palermo to Recoleta, so get used to walking and make use of your new umbrella and/or rain boots.
3. Eat Lunch in El Convento de San Ramon Nonato
El Convento de San Ramón Nonato: Reconquista 259, Microcentro
Many tourists are scared away from El Microcentro, downtown Buenos Aires. The truth is that there is a bit to be scared away from – it is crowded, and who wants to be around a bunch of suits on their vacation?
We can give you one reason – el Convento de San Ramón Nonato – one of the oldest convents in the city that is home to a beautiful covered patio with cheap daily lunch menus at places like the appropriately named El Patio. It will be a mixture of office luncheons, women playing bridge, traditional, well-dressed waiters and, well, nuns I guess. What more could you ask for? You can do some good people watching, photographing, and eating – you’ll need a break on that long walk.
4. Learn to Love Puddles!
You may have forgotten how wonderful puddles are for splashing around in – we understand that this loses its appeal after age 10. But when it comes to photography, puddles have one very special quality – reflections.
5. Hit the Rooftop
A rain or thunderstorm is a photographer’s dream if you can make it to a rooftop for some crazy-sky pictures.
For those of you without access to an apartment building with a view, the government of Buenos Aires has implemented a pretty great tour called Miradores de Buenos Aires, a tour that takes you to buildings of different architectural styles and eras with one thing in common – good views! The tour is free, but there are only a few per month, so be sure to arrange in advance.