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Roll On Dark Nights


Normally at this time of year – when the nights are drawing in, the temperature is dropping and the leaves are falling – I’d be moaning about how the Summer should have been longer and that I’m looking forward to Spring already. But not this year. From a photography point of view, the fact that it’s getting dark earlier means that sunset is earlier and so I don’t have to wait until 11pm to get quality photos!

The best time for low light photography is around or just after sunset and as it’s been dark so late I’ve been missing the joys of night photography. In fact since it was last Winter that I really got into photography, I’ve probably spent more time on night shoots than during the daytime. I was lucky enough to catch a beautiful sunset after a thunderstorm with my friend Ade the other night and got a whole load of shots like this one:

Canal By Firelight

If it weren’t for the fantastic light in the sky, this wouldn’t make a particularly interesting shot and the more I take photographs the more I’m looking out for interesting light. It’s what separates the ordinary from the extraordinary. And nice though warm, sunny days are, they’re not as conducive to the style of photography I like as a dark, menacing Winter evening! (Okay, I’m just trying to be optimistic about the end of Summer, it’s a survival mechanism).

Oh, I’ll be continuing my photography tips series shortly. I made the mistake of saying my next article would be about exposure, which is undoubtedly the most tricky and complex photography subject so it’s taking a bit of time. D’Oh!

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  1. yeah I dont like the season change this time of year either

    however for me its, the days are getting longer, the temperature is rising and as for leaves, I believe most aussie trees are evergreens

    I love winter (however I have the advantage of not having your winters πŸ™‚ )


  2. Ha ha! Actually, I’m in Australia for most of December so I’ll get to experience it first hand – we’re flying to Sydney then taking it from there! πŸ™‚

    Any recommendations?


  3. yep, as ive said before, you gotta come to perth πŸ™‚

    apparently we are both the most isolated capital city in the world and the 5th most expensive for real estate in the world

    we have good beaches (if you like the beach) we have green, we have a city and there is probably other stuff outside my room I dont see but who knows πŸ˜›

    you will have to tell me about perth when you go back home πŸ™‚


  4. I see it’s a fair old distance from Sydney then! πŸ˜‰

    Will have to start seriously planning where we’re going to go while we’re over so I’ll check it out and write you a “Things to do in Perth” guide! πŸ˜‰


  5. πŸ™‚

    yeah unfortuantly its a bit of a trek, south wa is pretty nice though

    I will attempt an ascii map of australia

    +perth ———————|rest of australia
    +stuff below perth


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