“When you come to the edge of all the light you have, and must take a step into the darkness of the unknown, believe that one of two things will happen. Either there will be something solid for you to stand on – or you will be taught how to fly.”

Patrick Overton
Jemps Burger, ©2019 Reginald Foster

There are days when the location, time, & light combine to create an atmosphere of photographic wonderfulness. Days when the lucky photographer (Me!) simply needs to recognize the moment, raise camera to eye, and take the picture. Fortunately, this was one of those days!

Meeting of the Men in Black, ©2019 Reginald Foster

Early morning winter’s light in downtown LA is either overcast & grey or bright & contrasty – not sure there’s an in-between. Anyway, I consider the latter an essential ingredient for beautifully lit street photography. So on this particular morning, I was really excited driving downtown to capture what I hoped would be a cool series of images.

Mottled Reflections, ©2019 Reginald Foster

As I roamed through the streets, I really appreciated the massive, dark shadows mixed with the stark, white light. One of the reasons I really love black and white photography is its ability to create mood and atmosphere. When the light is like this, DTLA really has this wonderful film noir/graphic novel-ish look. If you squint hard enough, it’s kinda’ like walking through a black and white dream. Yeah…It’s just like that.

Concern, ©2019 Reginald Foster

So, hopefully, the light, the shadow, and the look have allowed you to briefly view the streets as I do (that is with dramatic contrast). Ya’ gotta love the LA winter’s morning light!

Hoodies & Camo, ©2019 Reginald Foster

Now, in response to Overton’s quote – at the end of the day, I think I found something solid to stand on in the darkness…or maybe I just learned to fly. You can be the judge. Let me know what you think in the comments.


Convergence, ©2019 Reginald Foster
Holding On, ©2019 Reginald Foster
The White Tower, ©2019 Reginald Foster
Navigating Life’s Little Obstacles, ©2019 Reginald Foster
Static Faces, ©2019 Reginald Foster
Not B&W, but Wow, the Blue! – ©2019 Reginald Foster
Passing through Shadows, ©2019 Reginald Foster
Walking with a HipChild, , ©2019 Reginald Foster
Darkness@the BusStop, , ©2019 Reginald Foster
Three Women, ©2019 Reginald Foster
Pershing Square, ©2019 Reginald Foster

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Equipment Used

  • Fuji X Pro3
  • Fuji 23 f2.0

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