The BW Soul of the City at Night

by Editor  Yvette Depaepe 

Cities are wonderful places for creative night shots.
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”.


“Night walk in the rain” by Stefan Eisele

Nighttime city scape photography has a special charm giving your images a unique feeling, mood and expression.

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.

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.

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.

Enjoy the following gallery of stunning city night shots by 1x members and get inspired.
Let the magic flow and give it a go !!!


“Venice” by Tanja Chirardini


“Prague in Black & White” by Marcel Rebro


“N/T” by Irina Sen'


“Time travel” by holger droste


“The last carnival” by Sol Marrades


“Night watch” by Tim Corbeel


“last stop” by juliusfrumble


“In the theeth of cold winds” by Yvette Depaepe


"Bike Romance" by Mirela Momanu


“The Fog” by Gus


“Big City Nights” by George Digalakis


“tremors” by cédric zuwala


“Darkness and light” by George Digalakis


“Night, territory of insomnia” by Sol Marrades


“N/T” by Teruhiko Tsuchida


“N/T” by Ali Ayer


“...” by monoradio


“Rider” by Rui Caria


“Going through the night” by kenichiro hagiwara


“In the stairs” by Adolfo Urrutia


“N/T” by Teruhiko Tsuchida


“NIGHT – Montmartre” by Sol Marrades


“From the night of Kosice” by Peter Hrabinsky




“The intruder” by Hilde Ghesquiere


“late shop” by Roswitha Schleicher-Schwarz


“crazy night” by TORU MATSUNAGA


“Une nuit à Lisbonne” by eric drigny


“the pillar” by Marchevca Bogdan



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