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Rainy Taipei Bokeh



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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this picture through a taxi window near the Taipei main railway station. I can't remember exactly which street but it was maybe 2 blocks away.
Time
I had just taken the high speed rail back to Taipei and it was early evening. It was just a little past the blue hour, maybe 7:00.
Lighting
Don't shy away from only using natural light. Sometimes the elements align for stunning colors and shades without external lighting. This is especially true during pouring rain, sunsets, and fog.
Equipment
I shot this with a Nikon D5000, nothing else. I had the 18-55 3.5-5.6 Nikkor lens on.
Inspiration
It really was a spur of the moment thing. It was pouring pretty hard so I rushed to get in a taxi. Luckily, the taxi got stuck in an intersection so I saw this scene. The composition happened to line up perfectly and I quickly snapped a few takes with varying focuses.
Editing
I didn't really have to do much with the shot straight out of camera. Maybe some extra contrast and a little boost in the highlights and saturation in Lightroom.
In my camera bag
I don't have too much in my bag. I just take pics for fun anyways. I have my Nikon D7100, a 18-140 mm lens for general use, a 35 mm prime lens for close ups and low light conditions, a remote shutter release, welding glass (for neutral density purposes), a mini tripod, cleaning cloths, and a few filters.
Feedback
Embrace the unpredictability of the world. The best shots don't have to be planned. Any potential photo around you can be golden if you have the eye for them. Keep your eyes peeled whenever you have a camera with you. Think on your feet and let your creativity take over.

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