Blue Schwinn

It’s hard for me to resist taking a picture of a classic bike locked to parking meter. They are everywhere in the city and the older and more beat up they are, the better the photo. I found this one near San Francisco’s Union Square. The light was just so incredible, it was a must take picture.

I always use natural light when I’m shooting in the street. I’m finding the light in California quit amazing and I haven’t found the need to add any electronic flashes yet. When I see incredible light it’s usually being reflected off a large surface, like the side of a building. What makes this light so amazing is its ability to illuminate the subject without any distracting shadows. It almost like the subject is self illuminated. This is the kind of light studio photographers strive for when they are able to control every aspect of the lighting conditions in the studio. But a street photographer has to be able to recognize the light when they see it and have only have a brief moment to capture it.

So when I find incredible light in the street, I normally look for a subject near by being self illuminated. Bikes locked to parking meters are readily available subjects.
ng conditions in the studio. But a street photographer has to be able to recognize the light when they see it and have only have a brief moment to capture it.

So when I find incredible light in the street, I normally look for a subject near by being self illuminated. Bikes locked to parking meters are readily available subjects.

SONY, SLT-A77V, 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM
1/750, f/1.7, ISO 50


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