Beijing at Night

Night Worker
1/60s, f/1.2, ISO 3200, 50mm

So I have been trying to settle on a new photography theme.  Lately, I haven't had a chance to shoot much during the day, so I've ended up with a lot of evening shots.  And most of them have been landscape shots of the citiscape variety.  When I lived in New York and Hong Kong, I ended up doing a lot of late night street photography but in Beijing I've found this type of photography more challenging.  This is mostly my own fault.  Unlike New York and Hong Kong, I no longer have a bustling street at my doorstop.  I have lived in Beijing neighborhoods without much street life, and to capture street scenes and portraits, I have had to make it a point to go somewhere and shoot.  But I am trying to change that since Beijing has so many parts that are rich with street life, character, and contrasts.

In this post, I have compiled some of my street photography highlights from my time in Beijing.  More to come soon...

Night Street Vendor
1/800s, f/1.4, ISO 1600, 35mm

More shots below the fold.
Late Night Shopping
1/400s, f/1.4, ISO 1600, 35mm

Evening in the Park
0.6s, f/2.2, ISO 1600, 35mm

Waiting for the Dancers
1/125s, f/2.0, ISO 1600, 135mm

Sanlitun in the Rain
1/80s, f/1.7, ISO 1600, 20mm

Chow Chow (鬆獅犬)
1/50s, f/1.6, ISO 1600, 35mm


  1. Great series. Is this a 35mm prime?

  2. Kris, yeah, all the 35mm ones are with Canon's 1.4 prime. Fantastic lens. Exchanged it with my old 50mm 1.2 recently and am very happy with the change!