One Day One World Project: Midnight – 01:00

After Midnight

I’m often up after midnight, though I have recently tried to train myself into going to bed earlier and getting up earlier. But last week I needed to stay up and try to get some night shots for the project. It is very quiet around the medieval streets of Ludlow, especially in the area I live as there are no public houses close by. Not even the hoot of an owl or the bark of a fox.


I thought I’d have a go at photographing the night sky, though unfortunately there are some distracting yellow street-lights which I find totally useless for lighting your way home. I got out the tripod that I never use and a compact Panasonic with a ‘starry sky’ scene mode to play about with and went into the courtyard to give it a go.

Standing out there shortly after midnight I discovered I was not alone. A lady walking her dog went by, giving me a funny look, then an open-top convertible drove up the narrow street behind me, blasting headlights all over the scene, one lady driver; it was a very warm night. And shortly after that a police van came up the same road and turned the wrong way into the one-way street.  And a helicopter was hovering nearby, though I couldn’t see it.


Anyway, the photos: although a very starry sky and no moon my captures were pathetic to say the least (above). So I played around with the software to see what happened.

Lisa of the blog NorthWest Frame of Mind has decided to run a different project over the next 24 weeks. To try to show what is happening in different parts of the world (if you all join in) at a particular time of day. If you would like to participate you have until next Saturday midnight to post a photo or write about what is happening in your part of the world.   This week is between 24:00 – 01:00.  I hope you’ll join in! See links for more details.

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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.

22 thoughts on “One Day One World Project: Midnight – 01:00”

  1. Taking photos at night is foreign to me because I’m in bed as soon as the sun goes down. 😀 😀
    The ones you played around with are interesting, the starlit one is so black. Guess it’s because the stars are so far away?

    1. Actually the stars were brighter at around 3 am, but obviously that wasn’t the right time frame. I think I need a MUCH more powerful camera/telescope to take any decent star photos.

  2. I like your midnight photos, Jude and isn’t it a strange experience to see people going about their business at a time when you’re never out and about. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your views with us and for thinking outside the box to try something new!

  3. Good on you for giving it a go, Jude ! – poor Lisa has largely useless old farts like me, unable to stay up that late. Isn’t it fascinating to find out what you actually have in a night shot …?
    P.S. And did you “let it all hang down” …? [grin]

  4. I bow before your midnight stamina. You’ve done interesting things with your photos: what software? It’s also interesting to think that sound slips into the foreground during the night. It’s the noises I’d want to photograph.

    I nearly made it to midnight on Friday, but I wasted a bit of a ferry-ride on Saturday falling asleep to compensate.

    1. Ah, but then I waste most of the morning sleeping Meg 😦

      I use Photoshop Elements, but I suspect many of the on-line free editors will produce some interesting effects.

  5. Love the sparkly shooting stars, Jude! I know they’re not- more like fizzy sherbet. You won’t shout at me for my effects this week, will you? 🙂

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