Joss sticks are common in Chinese temples, which give off a distinct aroma, and any day you are in a Chinese temple, you will see joss sticks being burnt. These ones are the more traditional sticks, long and thin, colored either red or yellow (auspicious colors) and are lit and placed in large containers filled with sand so the sticks will stand upright. A devotee will light their joss sticks, make a pray request while bowing, and finally staking them into the sand. The burn times often exceed an hour.
Shallow Depth of Field shot of an old shop proprietor outside his wedding boutique one evening on Tanjong Pagar Road, near Chinatown in Singapore. How shallow? Try f1.2 with a 50mm lens.
The Chinese temple in Chinatown oftens decorates its awnings with lights when commemorating a special festival. The lighting team still had the other side of the temple to do having just finished the north side of their building when this snap was taken.