No one will deny at Chico is a 'cute little town.' People particularly like downtown Chico. But that doesn't necessarily make it photogenic. There are certainly parts of downtown Chico, such as the plaza, that are photogenic - I posted some photos of the downtown plaza in a previous post, "Merry Christmas Chico".
I few weeks ago, I decided to take another shot at photographing parts of downtown at night.
In some ways night photography is easier than daytime photography in a place like downtown Chico because you don't have to contend with blight sunlight and deep shadows. The lights of the buildings at night also tend to look more colorful and interesting than storefronts during the daytime.
However, night photography can also be more challenging in some ways. Buildings and blocks lacking interesting lighting can make dull subjects. But the biggest problem is often cars. Car headlights can ruin a street scene by being too light. Cars moving through the scene can leave streaks of light which can be interesting or intrusive.
Still, over a period of an hour or so on a Saturday night, I managed to capture a few representative images of Chico's downtown area. I also witnessed a car turning the wrong way on a one way street, a couple of cars completely running red lights, and large numbers of people in various states of drunkenness. Ah, Chico.