The world looks different after the sun goes down. I started becoming interested in night photography while studying undergrad at Illinois State. Likely, because it was less intimidating to walk around campus with my Cannon A1 35 mm camera due to the fact that there were less students on the streets. Balancing all of my photography equipment in one hand, while shooting every tree and rock I passed on the quad only added to my nerd appeal. But once the sun went down, I felt that I had more time and space to search for the perfect subject matter. I quickly realized how sensitive my camera was to color, and the longer I was able to leave my shutter open the more saturated they became — our eyes are incapable of perceiving color in the dark. I found myself shooting reflections in puddles, forms made within the shadows cast by street lamps, and the overlapping reflections that appeared within storefronts. Then, while visiting Chicago for a friend's 21st birthday, I became obsessed with the city's lights!
What is interesting to me is that many people describe photography as the ability to capture the right moment in time. But, night photography isn't about those moments. It requires set up and thought. To take a photo in the dark you have to position your tripod, mount your camera, compose the shot, calculate the exposure time, measure the light, wait for the right moment and then take the photograph.
Anyway, I've made it a goal this month to take more photos and it feels good to be back behind the camera!