There are small lanes and alleys all over Kaohsiung. They run like veins between the main streets, and often you won’t even notice they are there. Traditional indoor markets are hidden from view, embedded in the middle of city blocks.
A few months ago when I bought a second hand bicycle my aim was to get more exercise, but the the bike also allowed me to get closer to the city. On the bike I can ride along the small alleyways without the clattering of the scooter engine disturbing the environment. Except for the noise of the bicycle chain I am invisible.
In the night, away from the street lamps, the only light is that from neon lights, or shop signs.
You’re never very far from a temple in Kaohsiung, and it’s even more obvious in the night due to the huge displays of red lanterns.
Not all temples are big, though. Some are small, but they’re never shy to let you know they are there.
Depending on the day, if you’re lucky, you might also see some activities around the temples.
Churches aren’t shy of using neon lights, either.
The snap-focus feature of the Ricoh GR makes night photography a lot easier, and fun. First I set the snap focal distance, then manually set the aperture and shutter speed. It really helps to emphasise the light, and how dark it otherwise really is.