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People of the night

Night photography requires a large aperture and a slow setting in order to allow enough light in. Ideal for still scenes but with the comings and goings of people there is inevitable blur. In such scenarios blurring can be a desirable dynamic of momentum but it’s a question of balance as well as having peak clarity in the stiller areas.

Many of my night people shots were not quite satisfactory but this one more than made up for the disappointments:-
night time christmas shoppers southbankThere is a river of Christmas market shoppers running parallel with the Thames. I kept the ISO down to 200 to avoid having even more noise in the shot and for the lit areas to have more impact in the overall night scene from Jubilee bridge. [suggestion from Tish below – click for enlargement so as not to be dazzled by the whiteness of the surrounding page/screen.]

ALL THIS WEEK, I’M FEATURING NIGHT SHOTS FROM A WHOLONDON MERRY CHRISTMAS WALK WITH GUIDE DIANE BURSTEIN.  IT EXERCISED THE LEGS AS WELL AS PHOTOGRAPHIC SKILLS THOUGH ON THE MOVE WITHOUT TRIPOD IS NOT IDEAL.

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playing with photography @ eljaygee whilst Tell Tale Therapy has a weakness for words

2 thoughts on “People of the night

  1. This is a great photo, Laura, very atmospheric, but perhaps you need to tell people to click on it. That way the image is not dazzled by the whiteness of the surrounding page/screen.

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