I love this moment. I hung out by these two guards, under the eaves of a building in the Forbidden City. Snow was blowing like crazy out in the courtyard and I wanted to keep out of the wet for a bit. I was standing at the end of a long series of archways waiting for everyone to clear out.
I watched an interview of Chase Jarvis where he was asked what his favorite lens, he responded the 70-200. One reason is you can "sneak up" on folks and get a bit more intimate than you could otherwise, as this moment shows.
After taking this photo, I went and showed it to the guard.