A few blocks north of San Francisco's Financial District is Chinatown. There are many ways to frame the entrance to San Francisco’s Chinatown at Bush and Grant. For eight blocks, all the way to Columbus Street, Grant Avenue is festooned with red lanterns. Brightly-lit shops offer electronics, jewelry, T-shirts, and lots of restaurants. Make a series of overlapping vertical exposures as you stand in one spot and rotate 360 degrees. Stitch them together in Photoshop and you’ll be able to capture what you’ll experience on a walk through Chinatown.
Street photography is easier without a tripod. Bring your monopod, raise your ISO to 400 and use a VR lens. Pick an aperture that will give you adequate depth of field and a shutter speed slow enough that you’ll see a bit of blur in moving traffic and pedestrians pushing their umbrellas against the wind. Freight loading doors are seen everywhere in the sidewalks of the downtown areas of San Francisco. Try to avoid walking on these slippery metal doors when they are wet.
Notes and images from Bob Hitchman.