The Shortest Shorts

Found this guy in the middle of Chinatown

What am I writing, and who took my pants?

I found this gentleman in my errant journeys through Chinatown. His shorts were mighty and his tennis shoes bellowed. The combination of loud and soft in this scene are what drew me to taking the shot.

If you look at the top half of the photo, I could have titled the shot “Philosopher” or something profound like that… his quizzical expression, the notepad (what is he writing), the shop in the middle of Chinatown (what strange, wonderful, and inexpensive goods could be sold inside?). ¬†And yet, the lower half of the photo tells me that there is something more to this philosopher… that dash of San Francisco which, like MSG, is both salty and delicious.

10-16-2009 Street Photography

Hi folks! I had a great day in San Francisco yesterday (10-16-2009). It was an epic journey: I walked from the Caltrain station to Market Street, from there to Union Square, then through all of Chinatown, up to Coit Tower and down the other side, then I walked along the waterfront till I hit Pier 39.

Today I experimented with a few different lenses: 85mm 1.8, 35MM F2, and 50MM F1.4. EXIF information is available for anybody who is curious. I am very happy with my Canon 5D.

1. Guy resting on 4th Avenue.

2. I passed by this girl on Market street. She caught my eye because of her elegant outfit and her sassy look.

3. Bus Stop, Market Street

4. Boy jumping down stairs with Mom, Union Square

5. Mother & daughter, Chinatown

6. Chef, Chinatown

7. Hat Lady, near Union Square

8. Princess, Chinatown

Interesting story on this one. As I was passing by this girl and her dad, I took around 5-7 shots as I walked past her. The girl started yelling “Daddy! Daddy! Somebody is taking pictures of me!!”. The good news is that, being Chinese, my paparazzi camouflage was impeccable. By simply standing near my fellow countrymen and placing my camera out of view, I became invisible in a sea of similar faces.

It also helped that I walk very fast, and by the time the girl was pointing me out I was half a block ahead of them.

Anyway, thanks for taking the time to look. Hopefully I can post more soon.

– Daniel Chui