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The First Rule | by Neil Ta | I am Bidong
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The First Rule

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The first rule of street photography is don't take images of homeless people or those down on their luck. The second rule of street photography is see rule #1.


On a recent walkabout at City Hall in Toronto, I stumbled upon the most beautiful shadow/light play I've come across in a long time. To my horror, there was a homeless man drunk laying down at the edge of the light. But the light was so perfect I couldn't help myself. I took a couple of snaps, walked over to the man and showed him the picture. We exchanged a few barely decipherable words and I was on my way.


This image is not a statement of any sort. It isn't some sort of social commentary on addiction or homelessness. It's just a snapshot with good lighting. I would have taken the picture if he wasn't there or if a pop can was sitting in his place.


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ISO: 200

Shutter: 1/800

Aperture: F/5.6

Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M5

Lens: Panasonic Lumix 14mm F/2.5

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Taken on September 6, 2012