I still have a lot to learn about night photography :-/

I went out for a couple of hours earlier this evening and thought I'd come back with four if not five keepers, but I was wrong, mostly because I don't have enough experience of night shooting.

In this instance two things threw me. First: my previous night shots, which I am happy with, have been illuminated by a partially obscured moon (i.e. there was some cloud in the sky) – direct moonlight seems a bit trickier. Second: this scene was lit by two light sources, and it shows; and I couldn't correct it properly.

These buildings are about 100 yards from the road, and as I stood there in full moonlight it didn't seem as though the distant streetlights were of any significance. But looking at this shot now I can see that the rightmost section of the building – which appeared to be in shadow – is actually lit by the streetlights.

Hmmm.

So, the end result is a partial success – I like the composition – but as far as photographic vision goes it isn't at all what I had in mind. So, considering I spent almost two hours at zero degrees centigrade, to come back with only one shot that didn't quite work is a bit of a let down. Hopefully it will be clear again tomorrow night and I can try again.

capture date
camera
lens
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aperture
shutter speed
shooting mode
exposure bias
metering mode
ISO
flash
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RAW converter
cropped?
6.26pm on 26/12/04
Canon 20D
EF 17-40 f/4L USM
17mm (27mm equiv.)
f/8.0
4m
manual
+0.0
evaluative
100
no
RAW
C1 Pro
no
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