Night Time Walk And Street Photography

Night Time Walk And Street Photography

Now that the weather is getting nicer, especially at night when the sun goes down and it isn’t as humid, I’ve been taking walks after dinner.  I take my camera with me, but I’m not going out specifically to take pictures, which seems to make it easier to come across things that I find interesting.  Just being in the moment help you to focus better somehow.  This particular night I decided to walk to the Chambers St./City Hall area.  I didn’t even expect to take many pictures since it gets quiet after all the business people head home for the evening, but I was really just going out for some fresh air.

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It was just starting to get dark when I went out for my walk.  I noticed these people out of the corner of my eye and it looked like they were carrying a mattress, but when I actually stopped to look, it was a large piece of wood.  I wonder what they were going to use it for once they brought it inside.  Maybe to stick under a mattress?

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This is why I try to avoid shaking people’s hands.  You don’t know where their hands have been.  Maybe it’s just me, but I couldn’t stand when my boyfriend would try to be too grabby with me in public.  The world doesn’t need to know our business.  If she’s trying to be affectionate there are other ways to show that besides fiddling with her boyfriend’s butt crack.


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Her pants were what captured my interest.  I’ve never seen pants like that.  I give her credit for wheeling that suitcase through the cracked and uneven sidewalks of the Lower East Side/Chinatown, and all while talking on her cellphone.  Now that is definitely a good example of multitasking.

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Most of my pictures were taken in Chinatown, since I had to walk through there to get to Chambers St. and I just seemed to find so many interesting scenes this day, like this picture.  These men were all sharing a laugh and making their way across the street.

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This was in an alley/side street.  My brother hates it when I take shortcuts and use side streets, although in my defense, I didn’t cut through here.  This was on the corner so I didn’t even really have to venture more than a few steps to get this shot.  The mural is interesting, but what’s with the random vacuum cleaner on the sidewalk?

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Does anyone know who this woman is on the shirt?  I googled it but couldn’t find anything that looked similar.

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I took their picture because I was just so shocked that they actually stopped at the light.  Bicyclists here never stop at lights.  I’ve seen them weave their way through crowds of people crossing the street that do have the light, and almost get hit by cars/buses in the process.  They must have been from out of state.  Hey, if more bicyclists actually followed traffic laws, there would be a lot less accidents involving bikes and vehicles, and bikes and people.  I didn’t even notice that the boy was smiling.  He probably was like, “Why is this weirdo taking our picture?” 😆

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Ah, the food cart.  A staple of NYC, and all big cities.  Oddly enough, I’ve never eaten from one of these things, even though I always mean to.  The food just smells amazing.  The spices of that delicious meat are enough to make anyone want to eat a second dinner, but I was full and was starting to feel a bit tired from all of the walking around.  I definitely preferred this quieter walk rather than walking to somewhere more lively, like Union Square.  I got to take my time here and not feel like someone was right at my heels (even though they had plenty of time/room to go around me).  The interesting thing was that I still saw so many people crossing the Brooklyn Bridge on the pedestrian pathway.  I’ve walked across the Williamsburg and Manhattan bridges, and want to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge one day.  I don’t think I’m brave enough to go across any bridge at night.



  1. June 20, 2018 / 3:33 AM

    Some great images there from your night time walk. I especially like the last one where the available light was excellent for just lighting up the main subject. I had a look too for the model on the t-shirt….nothing! Must be a one off D.I.Y job :0)

    • Tina
      June 20, 2018 / 11:11 AM

      Thanks, Grant! You know the funny thing? I didn’t think that picture would even come out because I was walking and barely had time to stop and take the picture. Food carts are one of those things that instantly make me think of NYC because they’re everywhere you look.

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