Bitterly cold nights, pacing in circles behind a tripod mounted camera, earnestly attempting to keep my rapidly vaporising breath from wafting across and fogging the lens. Ah, the joys of photography after sunset.
Night-time photography has long been an interest, though one I explore infrequently. There’s the time (exposures sometimes of minutes versus fractions of a second), the hazards (I’ve had too many near misses on steep pathways…) and the photo itself (I like to see what I’m taking before I’ve taken it). It’s not all bad, though. With the right equipment (coat, gloves, scarf, torch, binoculars, flask of tea, book), it can be quite a relaxing experience, especially if near the birdsong of woodland or lapping waves of coastline.
If you ever get the chance, give night photography a try. Sure, there are frustrations with it. But, they’re worth tackling or adjusting to for the results. From starry coastlines bathed in moonlight to the electric glow of a nocturnal cityscape, there’s something quite enthralling and wonderful to discover, if only you seek it out.