Shooting before sunrise and after sunset

by Editor Yvette Depaepe

 
by  Juan Pablo de Miguel


The night has been a source of inspiration for artists since ancient times, long before photography became popular. Some of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings are night scenes such as Starry Night, Starry Night Over the Rhone, Café Terrace on the Place du Forum at Night.

 

By the end of 1870, John Adams Whipple (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Adams_Whipple) used electric lights to take night photographs. Years later, Alfred Stieglitz (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Stieglitz) also experimented with nocturnal scenes in the streets of New York. They were some of the pioneers of what is now known as night photography.

Night photography is making tremendous progress, thanks to advancements in technology, the arrival of specialized new cameras and lenses, and the limitless creativity of photographers. Night photography can certainly be challenging, but it can produce some captivating results.



by Stefan Eisele

 


by Ben Goossens

 


by Piet Flour


For some people the night is associated with the unknown, mystery and fear. For others, it implies solitude and peace. When one of our community members, Martin Zalba, was asked why he likes night photography, he replied: “Night photography discovers the secrets of the night. Our eyes cannot do long exposures and light (the soul of photography) gradually accumulates. It is a type of photography that has a great plastic force. We can see in the immensity of the sky as a little eternity”  .. and yes he is right.



by Martin Zalba

 
We know places play an important role in photography. It is not the same to capture  a busy city at night than a beautiful landscape in an isolated nature. Martin was also very kind to share with us some tips that help him capture the beauty of the places he usually goes:

·    Visit during the day the place you want to photograph at night, especially in  the case of hazardous locations.

·    Use signaling (stones/branches) to pinpoint the places where your can shoot the photo (at night everything changes a lot).

·    Check the weather forecast.

·    Carry a mobile phone or GPS and warm clothing.

·    Before shooting, check all equipment and the battery charge of the camera.

·    Get used to the darkness and walk carefully.

·    Perform several photos of the same subject with different exposure times.

 
Here is a selection of beautiful captures out of the 1x gallery fitting in the category of Night Photography.

 
by Jesús M. García

 

 
by Javier de la Torre

 

 
by Davíd Martin Castán

 

 
by Mikko Lagerstedt

 

 
by Jaka Ivancic

 

 
by Juan Pablo de Miguel

 

 
by Jésus Rubio

 

 
by Davíd Martin Castán

 

 
by Michael Jurek

 


by Paul Reiffer

 

 
by Ibrahim Canakci

 

 
by Ahmed Thabet

 

 
by Greg Metro

 

 
by Bragi Ingibergsson

 

 
by Javier de la Torre

 

 
by Arild Heitmann

 

 
by Peter Davidson

 

 
by Jose C. Lobato

 

 
by Irina Sen

 

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