LIFE AFTER DARK: THURSDAY’S SPECIAL – NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY

Thursday’s Special: Night Photography (Response to Guest Challenge)

I love shooting at night. Urban landscape at night is not only fun, but offers tons of creative opportunities to capture motion, mood, the wonderful grittiness that works best after dark on a city street.

Here are some favorites.

Boston's Schubert Theater

Boston’s Schubert Theater

Downtown night in Boston

Downtown night in Boston

Dancing in the dark in winter

Dancing in the dark in winter



Categories: Art and special effects, Boston, Composition, night, Photography, Urban Landscape

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  1. I totally agree on the motion, mood and the wonderful grittiness. Life is generally much more interesting after dark.

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  2. Love your night-time photos — everything is so SHINY!!! 😀

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  3. That is one area of photography I don’t do so much. My lens I use the most doesn’t really like the dark – massive camera shake. Your photos are amazing

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    • You definitely need a camera with anti-shake for night shoots … UNLESS you use a tripod. You can do anything with any camera if you use a tripod. I personally think this is great advice, but I have a tripod and NEVER use it because it makes me feel as if someone has nailed my creative feet to the floor, so I offer the advice, but admit that I do not take it.

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  4. What a challenge! Love to see Boston at night.
    Leslie

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  5. I really have to try out some nighttime photography. Thanks for the inspiration, Marilyn!

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    • You need a steady hand, a pretty fast lens … and a city 🙂 Almost all cameras (don’t know about cell phones, I don’t shoot with a phone) now have a ‘hand-held night’ setting, which has made it a lot easier. To get the motion blur, you focus on a fixed object (the lightest colored object in your viewfinder) and let the rest flow. Take a LOT of pictures. You can throw away the ones that didn’t work out, but you’re sure to get some good ones, too 🙂 I love night shooting and some of my favorite pictures were taken on our rare night excursions into town.

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  6. Hello there Marilyn 🙂 These are unusual scenes to be seen on your blog, and equally beautiful and interesting as your landscapes. I like the first one most cause of that pavement. It is nicely lit in your shot. Thank you. Did you change the blog theme?

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  7. Nice ones Marilyn, but I was thinking about your quote above “Seeking intelligent life on earth.” There is intelligent life down here, but it doesn’t come from humans.

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  8. Beautiful night scapes of Boston, Marilyn!

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