WPC: Night Photography

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Like many other photographers out there I am not so good on the night shots, mainly because I don’t always carry a tripod and to be honest, unless you can find something to rest your camera on to keep it ultra steady, night shots without one are usually only fit for the recycle bin.

Saying that, I have attempted a few during Lisa’s ‘One Day, One World’ project and had some limited success with the fireworks. And I posted a few from San Diego on my old Postcards blog that were OK.

But these are from Victoria, BC, where I just had to capture that fabulous Legislative Building lit up by over 3,000 bulbs (how do you fancy changing those light-bulbs?) and a few other colourful scenes around the Inner Harbour.

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The header photo is an example where lights at night become blurred – I love the car headlights and rear lights forming that stream of colour, but the building bulbs ought to have been sharp.  Oh, well, I shall have to keep on practising these sorts of shots. And take the tripod with me!

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Heyjude

I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

49 thoughts on “WPC: Night Photography”

    1. I used a gorillapod which is small enough to travel with, though not very high (sat it on a park bench to get some height) and I used my husband’s camera which has a remote. That helps with camera shake too, though you can also use the timer on your camera if you don’t have a remote. Glad you like them Dawn 🙂

      1. Actually, I didn’t – how remiss of me! I rarely take night shots, need to remedy this sometime. I have just posted a couple taken some years ago, but nothing to shout about 🙂

        1. MIne’s not light either but I don’t have to use interchangeable lenses. Contemplating a mirrorless camera, but can’t decide on which one! Too much choice.

        2. And I am doing the same because there will come a time when I can’t lug the D300 around any more….but choices! And will anŷthing suit me as well!

  1. I like them all. There’s something impressionistic about the flow of light. I wonder how many light bulbs for the Legislative Building?

    Thanks for the tripod reminder. There’s one sitting in my foyer (too grand a word, but dunno what else to call it). It’s been there unused since Christmas – and it wasn’t used then! Theory was a family photo with us all in it, but thirteen people were hard to herd. May be time to take it for a walk.

    1. I think if you use a tripod you take much more time to set up each shot, which may be a good thing. I’m still too trigger happy and take far too many photos. I believe the number of bulbs is 3,333 but I didn’t stop to count them.

    1. Thank you Sylvia. I have taken a few night shots, but to be honest, without a tripod (or a very fast lens as per Sue above) mine end up in the trash! I have had a few successes, but many, many failures 😉

    1. I do like the speeding lights. I must have another go at night shots – not here though, there are very few cars and nothing going fast enough! I need to find a motorway bridge!

        1. It’s an awful long way to a motorway from here, so no chance any time soon M-R 😀
          BTW I will be in Sydney next month – any chance of meeting up for coffee and cake?

        2. WOW !!! – WONDERFUL ! Can’t think of anything I’d like better.
          Specific dates between which …?
          Where will you be staying ?

        3. City over the bridge: Dee Why might as well be in another country. [grin]
          Friday 14th ? – would you like to eat here ? – I can produce a damned nice meal, if vego … Something simple and yummy, I reckon I can promise that. 🙂
          My email address is on the site …

        4. I’ll email you M-R. Friday 14 sounds OK but I’ll check that nothing else has been planned. I’m fine with vego 🙂

          Your comment about Dee Why made me smile. I remember on my first visit to Sydney taking a bus up to Palm Beach (about 2 hours) and being amazed that it was a ‘suburb’ of Sydney. Here 2 hours from London and you are in Yorkshire! And believe me that is NOT a suburb of London (yet)

        5. But it’s only to old farts like me that these distances have significance, Jude – because I don’t have a car.
          Commuting to Dee Why would take me at least that much time and very possibly more, now …

    1. Haha, I love it! Point and click attitude to life. Had me chortling into my keyboard – good job I haven’t got a cuppa coffee in my hand. Some of my less than perfect night shots would give even you seasickness!

    1. I am very proud of these (well, maybe not the top image, but like the car lights in that) as they are amongst the very few reasonable night shots I have taken 😉

  2. Yes, your opener is blurred but your other shots are crisp and clear! I’m a fan of shooting from a wall or window (hence my Blue Hour shot) but it’s true, much as we hate them, tripods are our friends!! Excellent choice!

    1. I used the header photo to demonstrate how lights can blur, but as I liked the effect of car lights I still enjoy that photo. I agree, a firm place to balance the camera can work just as well, it’s those hand-held shots that usually turn out to be pretty dreadful (well, mine do!). Thanks for your comment Tina 🙂

  3. These are wonderful night shots Jude, and I do love the blurred lines of your header photo. I would love to have the right equipment to take these kind of photos but you managed to snap these without a tripod which is great 🙂

    1. Thanks 🙂 Though I did use a tripod for these shots – a small bendy one called a goriilapod (it fits in my camera case) which is better than none, but isn’t very tall, hence having to sit it on a park bench! I don’t have a fast camera, so I need all the help I can get o_O

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