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.
22 thoughts on “One Day One World Project: Midnight – 01:00”
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?
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.
Oh my. You saw them at 3:00 a.m.? I was in a d-e-e-p sleep by then. 😀
It has been a bit too warm for a deep sleep lately!
Aah. 🙂 Sorry to hear that.
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!
Well your project is definitely making me think more about night photography – for better or worse!
I love the red one, bottom row, centre. Worth toying with the software for that one Jude!
Regards as always, Pete. x
I was pretty amazed at the changes – like the first image where suddenly the trees and roofs appeared!
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]
Afraid not M-R – it was orf to bed for me and some shut-eye 😉
Good ole J. J. Cale / Eric
Lots of action for such a late hour.
Maybe I should go further afield and see who is about in the early hours.
Well hopefully not too much action. Be careful out there. 🙂
I may run into a ghost or two…
I’m impressed by your dedication! What time did this series start at? I assumed it was midnight, but apparently not.
Started at Midday – more my time really 😉
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.
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.
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? 🙂
Shout at you? Of course not – maybe just whisper loudly?
Tick! tock! Tick! tock 🙂
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