Thursday’s Special: Night Photography

Just realised I hadn’t posted for this, and as it will be a new Thursday topic tomorrow, I am just squeezing this in….

Over at Paula’s blog, Cardinal Guzman guest-hosted her Thursday’s Special and challenged us to show night photography. Not something I do very often, and usually only when I am away….

So, first up, Lucca and Pisa at night, the first two handheld as I wandered around:

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and this one taken leaning on the hotel windowsill as I took this through our bedroom window:


And finally, nearer home a photograph of the London skyline from Waterloo Bridge as I was walking for a bus:


Time I experimented some more, using a tripod…

Anyway, over at Paula’s you can see more here.



  1. They are all very good, for no tripod, Sue. I haven’t taken night shots since the days of film, full tripod setup, and variable exposures. I was never that good, so haven’t bothered since. Maybe one day…
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Really beautiful night photos you’ve captured.

  3. I really like the top one – love the way the building wraps around ( and leads your eye) and the way the light highlights the texture of the walk

  4. Emilio Pasquale

    I am never happy with my night shots. I love the one you took from your hotel window!

  5. Just wonderful, Sue! I think the first one is my favourite – but night photos are so beautiful. I do not own any tripod…always use a window sill or a car or something. Your results are great! I guess i should buy one though…but do not feel i have the urge to carry around on my night walks. Maybe a gorilla – had one once, but gave it away to my son…who gave it away to his girlfriend…

    • Sue

      Thanks, A-C! I have to agree about not wanting to c art a tripod around at night…I am thinking about a gorilla pod myself! We shall see!

  6. Really very good Sue, atmospheric and enticing!

  7. Such lovely night shots, Sue. Lucca looks really magical at night.

  8. Amazing results for handheld camera at night, mine would be a blur. I have a new tripod and feel like I need a licence to drive it

    • Sue

      Well, the Lucca images were taken with 2kg of Nikon D300, and the London one with a much lighter Olympus Em1. I upped the ISO in both cases to ensure I could have an appropriate shutter speed for the lens I was using and additionally the Nikon had image stabilisation in the lens, the Olympus in the camera body. Where possible, I brace my body against a tree, a wall…Plenty of tricks! I gave up using the Nikon outside the house over a year ago because I can no longer carry it…..let alone hold it steady!

  9. I love the intimacy of the couples poses sat by the waterside ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, a tripod makes a big difference as well as dramatic processing but the subject matter and composition here is just lovely ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. A great series of shots, all very different in feel. I love the swathe of light in the first one; the darkness of the second one; the reflections in the third one; and the flatness and mattness of the final one, which looks like a painting.

    • Sue

      Love your observations, Meg! The flatness and mattness of the last one are unappealing to me, and I need to go back and take more images there, pref with tripod. And play about with the processing – a bit of the drama Sarah has alluded to in her comment ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. Oh my… I visited Lucca and Pisa, but I had no idea what they were like at night. This is spectacular, Sue. Thank you for joining in.

  12. Sonel

    Such stunning shots Sue! The second shot would make a great cover for a mysterious novel. Maybe even something that has to do with vampires. I just love it! I also love the reflections of the lights on the water in the 3rd shot.

  13. all your photos have a wonderful atmosphere, Sue, I like them a lot, regards Mitza

  14. Well done Sue, and without a tripod!!! I am impressed. I love the reflections of the lights glittering in the canal and the people sitting on the wall add to the composition.

  15. Nice views! I don’t do night photography that often either. I used to do it a lot, but sleeping… Yes, I like sleeping. I definitely recommend a tripod though. The only problem with tripods is that you actually have to bring them around… Sometimes I bring mine and I end up using a fence or something instead. ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. My first visit and I feel good already. The pictures are so beautiful. Will visit and explore more in my next call.

  17. I stopped again to download a photo for the slideshow on my blog, and I remembered I had lunch at a restaurant in the first photo ๐Ÿ˜€

  18. Beautiful. I especially love the one looking across the river.

  19. I agree with everyone else … and as Leya – the top one is my favorite. Great job, Sue!

  20. Enchanted by your shots,

  21. Reblogged this on Hello Creatives and commented:
    Night light pictures looks awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

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