I have spent a fair amount of time photographing in and around Chiang Mai's Myung Mai Market. There is something about the constantly changing landscape of people and produce and the shifting light that, for me, makes for some great moments.
This singer is a regular fixture of the market but I had never seen him dressed like this in matching red sun glasses and jacket nor in such a great spot of light. I'm thinking to myself' 'there's a photo there' but I'm not liking what I'm seeing from this angle. Way too much stuff in the back so basically he disappears in the chaos.
I move over to his right into the alley way and while jockeying with carts, trucks and other shoppers manage to get a slightly improved shot. I chimp it and see that I need to get that hot spot from the lady's orange shirt out of the frame.
..only to be replaced by people walking into the frame (just one of the challenges shooting in markets - the other is stepping in things but we'll leave that for another time). I wait a second or two and then (drum roll)..the shot I was after..the singer appearing out of the darkness into this great shaft of light..his red glasses playing off his red jacket...
I went to get another shot but the scene went dark. At that very moment someone put up an umbrella and the light was gone. Looking back at the camera's metadata the whole sequence start to finish took 3 minutes 55 seconds. Kind of the way it works sometimes.