WPC: Night Photography

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Like many other photographers out there I am not so good on the night shots, mainly because I don’t always carry a tripod and to be honest, unless you can find something to rest your camera on to keep it ultra steady, night shots without one are usually only fit for the recycle bin.

Saying that, I have attempted a few during Lisa’s ‘One Day, One World’ project and had some limited success with the fireworks. And I posted a few from San Diego on my old Postcards blog that were OK.

But these are from Victoria, BC, where I just had to capture that fabulous Legislative Building lit up by over 3,000 bulbs (how do you fancy changing those light-bulbs?) and a few other colourful scenes around the Inner Harbour.


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The header photo is an example where lights at night become blurred – I love the car headlights and rear lights forming that stream of colour, but the building bulbs ought to have been sharp.  Oh, well, I shall have to keep on practising these sorts of shots. And take the tripod with me!

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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.

49 thoughts on “WPC: Night Photography”

  1. I think it was a really good effort at a tricky subject Jude. The building reminded me of Harrods, so it’s Knightsbridge next for you!
    Regards as always, Pete. x

    1. I am very proud of these (well, maybe not the top image, but like the car lights in that) as they are amongst the very few reasonable night shots I have taken 😉

  2. Yes, your opener is blurred but your other shots are crisp and clear! I’m a fan of shooting from a wall or window (hence my Blue Hour shot) but it’s true, much as we hate them, tripods are our friends!! Excellent choice!

    1. I used the header photo to demonstrate how lights can blur, but as I liked the effect of car lights I still enjoy that photo. I agree, a firm place to balance the camera can work just as well, it’s those hand-held shots that usually turn out to be pretty dreadful (well, mine do!). Thanks for your comment Tina 🙂

  3. These are wonderful night shots Jude, and I do love the blurred lines of your header photo. I would love to have the right equipment to take these kind of photos but you managed to snap these without a tripod which is great 🙂

    1. Thanks 🙂 Though I did use a tripod for these shots – a small bendy one called a goriilapod (it fits in my camera case) which is better than none, but isn’t very tall, hence having to sit it on a park bench! I don’t have a fast camera, so I need all the help I can get o_O

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