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Coming and Going

Took a moment to step outside and peruse the alleys of Chinatown. I like the late hours when everyone is wrapping up and going home, everyone is too tired to bother noticing the guy with the camera hanging out by the lamp post. There are lots of interesting characters in this area, the real challenge is filtering through them and getting the shot before someone interrupts it by walking in the way or before your subject escapes. Even then it’s not like you can just stand there in place for half an hour, so often if I have the time, I’ll scout the area a few times then plan a return when the weather permits and move about the good spots I found. I look for places that have a combination of colorful backlighting and nice architectural shapes or spaces so the background I knockout isn’t too boring and the bokeh isn’t so heavy that you completing lose any idea of the location of the shot.