19 Aug 2012
Why I like to take Photographs at Night!
When I am out taking photos at night I often get asked by passers by why I am "shooting in the dark"! Until I show them the pics on the LCD screen of the camera and then they are sold on the idea. ;-) But I thought it might be a good idea to illustrate the difference between the results of daytime and night-time photography.
The photo at the top of this post was taken in Tivoli (Copenhagen) about an hour after sunset on a sturdy tripod and
with a long exposure time. The result is bright saturated colours and a rather striking image of the Chinese Restaurant. Now compare that with the pic below that was taken during the day from more or less the same spot.
Dull, bland, flat, and totally boring! Just another file waiting to be deleted. But it's what most of the tourists would take home judging by how many of them were taking snaps before the sun went down and how few (almost none) were still taking any after dark had settled in. The few that were taking pics at night all had their flashes firmly on. Yuck! Worst part though were how many of the same folks had big expensive pro gear that they were essentially using as giant point and shoot fashion accessories! Haha! Do I detect a hint of gear envy creeping in? ;^)
Not that I'm against taking photographs during the day, just look around this blog and you will see a LOT that were! Just pointing out that for certain subjects, especially ones with lots of coloured lights, night-time is the right time. Just remember to take the tripod and you are good to go!