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Sai Woo Chicken

Sai Woo Chicken
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Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7600 W: 88 N: 18541] (83587)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-09-17
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Pentax K3, Pentax DA 16-50mm f2.8
Exposure: 30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2017-10-01 20:43
Viewed: 1093
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Continuing with my recent series of photos from Vancouver, I'm wanting to show areas of the city that usually go unnoticed - this is certainly one of them in the Chinatown area.

Chinatown at night can be a difficult place to take photos alone, so I made sure my friend Colin and I teamed up. This is another section of Vancouver where you really have to be careful, especially with camera gear and expensive looking equipment.

During the daytime hours its completely the opposite, but at night its mostly drug addicts, drunk party goers and people that sort of just give you a bad feeling.

While Colin and I were photographing this amazing SAI WOO Chicken neon sign, many addicts approached us, but thankfully they were the polite Canadian type haha. No harm came to us.

It was Colin's idea to capture this Neon chicken, its a newly lit neon sign in town - well, not new as the chicken was broken and dull for many years. He noticed the owners of the restaurant must have finally put some money into fixing the neon - money well spent in my mind.

I chose this POV because I was also able to get a reflection in the window, and the person walking by adds some spooky atmosphere. Hope you like it.

There's another close up photo in the WS

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Hi dear Craig

So stylish and also your signitured shot indeed.
Perfect framework via so sharp / clear presnetation as usual. Great exposure makes very moody atmsophere.

All the best and have a good day! Takero

Lep pogled u noci, interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Dobar rad sa lepom fotografijom u radionici, lepo pokazano, dobra perspektiva i kontrast, lepe boje, lepo uhvacen trenutak.
Lepa fasada i musska kokoska na zidu.
Sve najbolje, srecno.

Nice look at night, interesting and good text ...
Good work with nice photo in the workshop, beautifully shown, good perspective and contrast, nice colors, nice caught moment.
Nice façade and male hen on the wall.
All the best, happy.

Ciao Craig, fascinating nocturne shoot, excellent exposure, wonderful colors and fantastic light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Bonjour, cher Craig,
La prise de vue est parlante, il faut faire attention, l'endroit est dangereux (la note est très explicative sur ce point).
Alors, je profite de cette ambiance particulière qui se dégage de cette composition.
Merci de nous faire profiter de ces images risquées !

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9852 W: 157 N: 16028] (126375)
  • [2017-10-02 0:53]

Witaj Craig!
Nice night shot from street.
Interesting light and colours.
Curious scene, man add flavor to this composition.
Well done.
Warm regards.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14063 W: 0 N: 16135] (171592)
  • [2017-10-02 1:27]


quelle compo et vue quelle iamge cette pacarte élciarée quel effet et vue une sacrée poule qui se reflète quelle vue et cpatage quel rendu sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié

Hello Craig,
Another successful composition captured on your nocturnal adventures. The oblique point of view is well chosen giving us the added bonuses of the reflection and the mysterious passer-by. Ideally exposed with very good colours and clarity. Over a year now since I last had a Chinese meal, you have whet my appetite for another one.

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  • CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2727 W: 1352 N: 3096] (39257)
  • [2017-10-02 2:32]

Hi Craig

Good description of the purpose of the night photography session. I like the vibrancy of the flashy colors of the sign, well reflected in the window and mainly the wandering guy giving life to the shot and showing the kind of people you can encounter in this area

hello Craig
une scène de nuit très bien captée, bonne gestion des lumières.

Hello Craig,
Lots of colors and bright signs well captured in the dark night. The person standing in the light outside the next shop is the cherry on the cake, in spite of the eye-catching chicken sign. But all details work well together to create a very good photo.
Best regards,

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24614 W: 523 N: 41315] (177552)
  • [2017-10-02 5:09]

Hello Craig,

I like the green colour and reflection in the windows.
Also in Belgium are chinese active.
Composition and presentation are superb.
Sharpness and clarity are wonderful, also nice architecture.
Very well done, TFS.

Best regards,

Bonjour Craig,

Il y a de petits coins sombres à Vancouver surtout dans Hastings et le quartier chinois où je ne m'aventurerais pas la nuit, seul. Mais pour la photo de nuit c'est excellent. Pour l'atmosphère de film noir.



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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3444 W: 0 N: 7962] (57279)
  • [2017-10-02 8:24]

Night walks are also a good opportunity to take some photos, cheerful chicken, I would go eat something tasty :)
regards Ryszard

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9293 W: 57 N: 15725] (58232)
  • [2017-10-02 8:31]

Hello Craig,
Great photo from night time in Vancouver's Chinatown. You captured the neon signs so well, superb exposure and sharpness. The composition is excellent too, you included the dark street and the lonely man very well on the right hand side.

Hello, Craig!

Very good night shot, with beautiful and colorful lights, very well managed, and excellent sharpness! A lot of interesting dtails to see, and the reflection is a very nice detail! Wonderful composition!

Hello Craig
Interesting note with two splendid chicken-scenes-pictures. Both have something special that make the images extraordinary. The “Say Yes” man walking in the light in the main picture, the clear reflection of the workshop.
Difficult choice, but I slightly prefer the main picture for its special atmosphere.
Excellent work.
Have a nice day. Groet Rob

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11903 W: 126 N: 21532] (110323)
  • [2017-10-02 15:13]

Hi Craig,interesting history about this neon,broken for many years and now brand new...ehehe..a big risk to go there in the night,but this is world too,and sometimes me too i like to go in dangerous places...it's enough to go without money and jewels....and the risk is very low...ehehe..original and interesting post by your late evening with Colin. Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hi Craig
A well spotted and attractive ideas using neon as part of the image creating a fascinating ambient & colours
it's different & it's damn good with that mystery man!
Lovely quality in the eye, Congrats
Best regards

Hello Craig,

You do take risks to get your chosen photographs but it shows an excellent result!
I love this shot; it has just the right amount of darkness and highlighted, illuminated features.
The signs are amazing and are reflected, too, like beacons in a gloomy landscape!
The single figure is perfect, completing the mood that you describe so well in your notes.

Have your seen the Invictus Games on TV?
I have seen some reportage and the overwhelming mood is the kindness and generosity of the Canadian people.

Have a good day,
Bev :-)

Olá Craig,
interessante registro noturno desse restaurante, mas gostei também da presença humana sob a lâmpada na composição, sensacional. Belo trabalho.
Parabéns e Abraço,

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15702 W: 159 N: 27465] (144074)
  • [2017-10-03 9:40]

Hi Craig
Pas grand monde le soir, mais l'on comprend le pourquoi en lisant ta note , mais c'est beau, toutes ces lumières colorées, le reflet dans la vitre, la profondeur avec juste une personne!! joli le WS en cadrage serré
très jolie nocturne
belle soirée

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13702 W: 295 N: 27475] (110381)
  • [2017-10-03 10:52]

Hello Craig,
Nice the night snapshot with the sign of the Chinese chicken shop to be the eye catching of the scene.The passing by man adds scale in the scene.Excellent night shot.


What you said about night time in Vancouver China-Town, Craig, was very true to the NYC China-Town in The seventies, so I recall my few visits there.
The picture has wonderful green and yellow glow against the dark surrounding.
Interesting and different in your gallery.
Good new day,

Ciao Craig
il paesaggio è molto diverso da quello dell'Islanda, anche le luci sono molto diverse, due mondi opposti e due foto opposte.
Questo vuol dire che sei preparato per ogni tipo di fotografia, il tuo occhio è allenato ad ogni situazione.

Hello Craig,
I'll have the shrimp lo mein. ;-) Neon at night is always a winner, and so is a reflected, neon chicken. I like how the lone man walking down the street is passing through that illuminated bit of sidewalk, creating a spooky shadow. Nice atmosphere in this shot.

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