The art of night photography. It’s different than daylight photography.
Technically, taking pictures during daylight hours is easy. Daylight photography is a piece of cake. But taking pictures at night is different. It presents challenges to the photographer which are quite distinct. But the results can be dramatic as well as unusual.
I love the challenges of night photography and have done it regularly. Whenever I go to shoot pictures, I always try to get to my chosen target location for that day at least an hour or more before sunrise. Doing so not only allows me to photograph the first light of day before the sunrise, but also do some night photography before that first light appears.
Here are just a few examples of night photography in the mountains and along the coast. Night photography in the mountains is mostly in the Blue Ridge along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and at the coast on the Outer Banks.
This picture was taken at Oregon Inlet marina on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Challenges here went beyond that of usual night photography. It also happened to be a stormy night which caused the fishing boats to jump around a lot. But I have always liked this picture. The lightning in the upper-right ads drama to the scene.
Here is one from the Blue Ridge Mountains. This is the famous Mabry Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. I added a touch of effects to the original night photography shot on this one.
Here is another from the Outer Banks of North Carolina. This is one of my personal favorites. This night photography image is of a standing driftwood tree. The picture was taken on the beach on Hatteras Island not too far from the Hatteras lighthouse. I like the tones and colors in this one.
And one more from the mountains to balance things out. This night photography picture was taken on the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Doughton Park area in North Carolina. This tree was on a hilltop and it was a foggy night.
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Original fine art photography and art by Dan Carmichael
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