Exercise – Outdoors at night

I’d like to think that I’m pretty well versed in night time photography and so rather than shooting new images for this exercise, meaning a late night at this time of year, I’ll instead post some pictures from my ‘back catalogue’.

I am trying to wean myself off night time shots for a while (which will please my tutor) as all but two of the pictures here have already been used on this course. It’ll be tough, as it is something I really enjoy. It’s sometimes difficult, uncomfortable and scary, meaning that fewer people do go out after dark. To me it is a magical time where, as a photographer, I can use the shadows to mask areas of the scene that I don’t want to show and pools of light around a road sign or a shop front can add a glamour or mystery to an everyday place. It’s also the perfect time for mixing light sources too and letting different types of light battle for dominance – the street lights and the twilight sky for example.

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