Night Time–Who’s Out There?


I am, at least I was on Wednesday night. After a busy day in Stockport I rushed back to get out with a group of photographers from the Prestatyn & District Camera Club for an evening shoot in Rhyl. If you want to look at some of the members photographs, just follow the link to our public Facebook page. But going back to that night-time shoot, “How convenient that this weeks theme is Glow”.

So let’s get on with it and show a few of my photographs from that evening. It was a cold night in Rhyl with the wind blowing off the sea. We were down by the sea-front, there’s no real shelter from the wind, so it’s a case of wrap up well, especially as you’re going to be standing around quite a lot.

Keep Still
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk2 with Olympus M 12-40mm f2.8 PRO Lens – f2.8, 0.6s, ISO 200

Just to the left of this picture is the sea. That evening I could hear it but the light drops off dramatically as you get away from the promenade, I just couldn’t see it. With gulls crying out it’s quite eerie, even although I’m standing in a well-lit area. The blue shelters have changed to red now and the Sky Tower to purple.

Shelters
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk2 with Olympus M 12-40mm f2.8 PRO Lens – f16, 60s, ISO 200

At the harbour it was just as cold. This is an area that has been re-generated so it’s well lit, but quite lonely. Not so sure that I would go down there on my own at night.

Rhyl Harbour
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk2 with Olympus M 12-40mm f2.8 PRO Lens – f18, 13s, ISO 200

Whilst everyone stayed at the harbour I decided to walk up to the roundabout on the opposite side of the river. It’s only a short walk and it helps to keep warm. I was looking for something different; light trails from cars.

Roundabout Light
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk2 with Olympus M 12-40mm f2.8 PRO Lens – f6.3, 1s, ISO 200 using Live Composite Mode

Just up from the roundabout is the bridge over the river, the harbour is to the right of this photograph, and it’s here I was really looking to capture some light trails. Luckily enough a bus came along whilst I was taking the photograph, adding some extra colour to the scene.

Light Trails
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk2 with Olympus M 12-40mm f2.8 PRO Lens – f6.3, 1s, ISO 200 using Live Composite Mode

So that’s it for this week, I hope you enjoyed the photographs.

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22 thoughts on “Night Time–Who’s Out There?

  1. Maggie and me just joined a camera club here in Nanaimo, B.C. Canada. At our first meeting their was a presentation on night photography. This being new to both of us, I took some shots just from our front door of the school across the street. More work required here! We have a great water front here in Nanaimo to entice us to experiment. Thanks for the encouragement. Cheers.

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    1. For night photography I almost always use a tripod and a remote shutter release, although you can get round the release if you have timer that fires your shutter after a certain time, Dan. Many cameras have that as a built in feature. I saves camera shake. I started practicing just in my street, then moved on to other things.

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      1. Yes you have a point. Early in January I photographed the Christmas light is Cape Town which are quite beautiful, but i realized with me focusing on the lights it makes me an easy target

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  2. The color in your photos are so bright and very impressive. It is astounding what can be captured with a camera. Apparently the bus was yellow and that really did add a lot to the photo. I can only try to imagine the cold there at night as the wind whipped in from the sea. I’m still wondering why one that photographer on the left was not wearing a warm cap to protect his head from the cold. Perhaps he is super hardly fellow.

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    1. He kept pulling up the hood on his coat, Yvonne, but then it fell down again. Me, I had four light layers on, I know what it’s like on the sea-front at night. The worst thing is your camera and tripod get really cold, so you have to wear gloves as well.

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  3. Good photo. I always scared of doing night photography because I could get rob.
    But I want to because it colorful photo. That’s one reason why night photography is interesting

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    1. Sorry for the delay in replying, I’ve been away on vacation. I usually try and get out with someone else. That way they can watch your back whilst you take photographs and then you can do the same for them.

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