Experimenting Night Shots in Chinatown

I stood near the Peking Duck vendor on Main St for an unusual amount of time although hopefully not to the point where I made my presence too noticeable amidst that bustling crowd the never seemed to dwindle despite how late it was getting.

This is what’s great about Chinatown or least the one located in Flushing, Queens. The excitement and workers never seem to stop, neither does the insanely variety of good street food which was the impetus behind my quick visit. Soon I stopped being so observant about the eatables and more about the this sweet spots where I was catching people walk through good areas of light from where I was standing and took a few shots.

Awaiting Delicious Street Food

Serving Peking Duck

I don’t photograph at night a lot, largely because like many others, I fell under the notion we ought to call it quits once the sun has set. Add to the fact that night photography is tricky and often highly technical. It’s a skill you won’t magically make sense of unless you start experimenting with the unfamiliar settings from both your camera and your surrounding and realize that you’ll become frustrated with the results the first couple times.

I’m not one to enjoy writing about all the technical jargon that I experimented with to achieve decent looking shots but suffice to say that I had to abandon the comfort I generally have shooting in Aperture Priority Mode and dived straight into full Manual to have more control of how I wanted the photographs to appear.

With night shots, there’s this feeling that you can’t always control and predict how your photos will turn out but that’s where experimentation comes in where you have to at least take 100 shots with hopes that 2 or 3 are up to your standards. Such was the case this night.