04 September 2013

The City I Love: Night Photography

We'll never grow if we don't stretch ourselves. Practice makes perfect and all that.

Last week after saying goodbye to Nikki for the last time before she headed back to London I took the opportunity to practice some night photography. We've had such a balmy run of weather lately, but of course I just happened to choose the first windy night that we've had in ages...go me!

It was only the second time I've had the opportunity to use my tripod at night and wow what a difference it makes for capturing a steady shot. Although I couldn't figure out how to tighten a couple of the settings (mechanics and me = not an ideal combination, technology yes - mechanics no) until I got home so spent the whole time thinking that the camera might fall forward. Anyhow.....

It's one of the first times I've driven in Wellington at night with my eyes open to potential photo opportunities.

First stop: Wellington Railway Station where I dropped Nikki off. It's an impressive, historic-looking building and even more so at night.

I set up my tripod and apart from the annoying, half-drunk heading home commuter who tried to strike up a conversation enjoyed the opportunity to experiment with 'disappearing people' shots.

I don't recall ever taking notice before how beautifully lit up the station actually is at night.

Next stop: a vantage point high enough to practice some traffic trail shots.

It was almost too late in the night to be attempting this (at nearly 9pm) as there wasn't an obviously steady stream of traffic like there would have been at the tail end of rush hour.

These shots were all taken on 8 second exposure, aperture f/11.0, ISO 100.

I look forward to trying this out again in the near future on a night where there's a more consistent flow of traffic to see the difference in effect.

On the way home again, with freezing cold hands, I couldn't resist one more stop, outside Northland Tunnel.

There's something eerie about an empty tunnel at night don't you think? I don't think you'd never guess this was an inner city street with houses all around and in fact houses perched right over the top of the tunnel.

It was an eye-opening experience being out at night. The city takes on a whole different persona, one which I've never really seen through these eyes before. And on my travels, I saw so many more places that are on my list to visit on my next night adventure.

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