17 Nov San Francisco Chinatown Street Photography in Classic Chrome – Part One
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Every now and then we need to take a time out from our day to day lives. We need to re-charge, feed our soul, and do whatever it is that makes us happy. For me, this means getting on a plane and going to San Francisco, a city I photograph often and feel at home in.
I absolutely love San Francisco. I love staying in the same hotel every time I go. I love the people. I love waking up to the sounds of the cable cars in the morning. I love the food. I love walking along the ocean, even though I live on the same ocean here in Vancouver. And, above all, I love shooting street photography in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Unlike many cities that have small cultural communities, the Chinatown in San Francisco is the largest one in North America and the largest Chinese community outside of Asia. It has a vibe and a culture, especially once you get off the well travelled tourist streets. It is a fabulous location for shooting street photography.
I travelled extremely light this trip, taking just the Fuji X-Pro2 with the 35mm f/2 lens on it. I added a 16mm wide angle lens in one pocket of my jacket, a few extra memory cards and batteries in another, and I was good to go.
I think it is fair to say that most of my street photography is processed in black and white. Street photography for me is about capturing the moment, the gesture, and the
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