Quito, a World Heritage Site, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The historic churches, convents, and statues that adorn the city, draw many photographers to capture architectural art with their cameras. For me, I am captivated by the colors and architectural details.
Night arrives and we walk around selecting our compositions, much of it determined by the lighting in each location. Some lighting is brighter and more creatively done.
As we walk the streets at night, designs are everywhere. My technique is to move about without a tripod, using ISOs between 400 and 800, so I can be mobile (sometimes climbing into better viewpoints). I most often use daylight white balance and let the colors fall as they do (note the natural look to the deep blue sky as night fell), but I occasionally use auto white balance if the results are better (as I did with the purple/green lighting). Even though I generate RAW images, the review LCD screen shows the jpeg version so I like to set white balance to help me make good choices – it often affects exposure and whether or not I use active D-lighting (Nikon). The colors shown are very close to how we saw them.