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The Soul of the City at Night

by Yvette Depaepe 

Get inspired by this gallery of city night shots to enter your best ones in the upcoming contest topic starting on Monday the 22nd of July.  You can submit them here.  

Cities are wonderful places for creative night images.
Going outside into the darkness long after the sun has set is fascinating. Once it gets dark  the artificial lights come on: street lamps, car lights, buildings, signs, all create many opportunities for amazing photos.  One discovers the soul of the city in an entirely “new light”.

'Prague in Black and White' by Marcel Rebro

Night time cityscape photography has a special charm giving your images a unique feeling, mood and expression.

'Night walk in the rain' by Stefan Eisele


'Time travel' by Holger Droste


'Big City Nights' by George Digalakis


Shooting in the dark may sound challenging but it is not impossible.

The toughest challenge is to take freeze-frames.  It's a hard task for your camera.  Crank up the ISO and set a fast aperture to be able to shoot hand-held.  Understand that you will end up with a shallow depth of field and most probably digital noise.  The newer cameras produce less noise but still be prepared  to do some noise reduction while processing.

'last stop' by juliusfrumble


'tremors...' by cédric Zuwala


n/t by Teruhiko Tsuchida

If you want to take night shots using long exposures to capture the available light, the lower ISO and smaller aperture will reduce the noise and give a nice depth of field.
  A tripod will be needed to accomplish this.

'Venice' by Tanja Ghirardini


'Brussels lace' by Sophie Voituron.


Keep in mind that the most important thing when going out at night in the city is to stay safe.
Rediscover your surroundings and give your imagination free reign.  Try those moody low-light shots, you might be amazed by the material you come home with.

Look at the following compilation of stunning night shots by 1x members to be inspired.
Let the magic flow and give it a go !!!


'Bike Romance' by Mirela Momanu


'Fear of the Dark 04' by George Digalakis


'Going through the night' by kenichiro hagiwara


'In the stairs' by Adolfo Urrutia


'From the night of Kosice' by Peter Hrabinsky


'street mood' by Marchevca Bogdan


'Une nuit à Lisbonne' by eric drigny


'crazy night' by TORU MATSUNAGA


'In the teeth of cold winds' by Yvette Depaepe


n/t by Teruhiko Tsuchida


'Strangers in the night' by Carmen G.


'homecoming' by Claudio Moretti


'Moonlight stroll' by Piet Flour


'Paris' by Peter Davidson


'Lisbon night b&w' by Michel Romaggi


really amazing photos. Thanks!
As the sun sets and darkness takes back the shadows, A strange mood and wonder takes over city. Only the brave dare to tread. Great rewards await for those that do for this is a special time. Wonderful moody selection Yvette well done girl...
congrats to all very nice selection
wonderful selection. congratulations for photos with soul
Images with a soul... The best compliments you could give, Aylin ;-)
Amazing selection ! Congrats to all !
Thanks a lot, Elena!
This is a fantastic selection on the subject! Great, dear Yvette! Thank you!
My pleasure, Margit ;-)
Great theme and fantastic selection of photograps..Congratulations to all!!
Thanks for your appreciation, Orkidea ;-)
Thanks for these wonderful az excellent b&w series !
My pleasure, dear Zsóka ;-)
Great idea for the theme and impressive selection of images. Thank you Yvette!
Thank you, dear Leah! Have a nice weekend, my friend!
Great article. Good and wonderful photographs on the theme. Excellent motivation to participate in the competition. Thank you Yvette !
You are all welcome to the contest, Vlad. Good to post an inspirational article about the upcoming topic. Cheers, Yvette
What a nice selection! Some much "mood" in each of them... i enjoyed reading this post very much...
Thank you, dear Wicher! Have a fine weekend, my friend...
It was a real pleasure to me to compose this great gallery of superb city night shots. Congratulations to all the authors. I wish you and the readers a great weekend ahead. Cheers, Yvette