reveals how you can capture the pace and vibe of a city:
Before arriving at your location, I’d recommend reading up on it – travel guides, yes, but also novels, which give a sense of the color and character of a place.
Take time to wander around a city and take it all in before you start snapping. Often, I’ll leave my camera at home and go out strolling to force
myself to absorb the atmosphere.
In terms of showing the energy of a city, I like shooting at dusk. At that
time of day, there’s the buzz of all the workers coming out onto the streets,
and the lights are turning on. There’s a rich hue in the sky and the west-facing buildings get a warm glow in the setting sun. Dusk is a great time to shoot people, architecture and mood.
This photograph was shot on a tripod with a long exposure, to show the traffic trails. Generally, though, it’s better to photograph cities without a tripod: you can be more fluid and spontaneous. It’s good to be mobile when trying to capture the pace of a city.