For this week’s post, Ben challenges us to showcase our best nighttime shots. I love night photography. Under the cover of darkness, secrets are revealed in unexpected places. Sometimes I take a shot, only to find hidden “treasure” when I open up the file in Photoshop and explore what the lens has “seen” but my eyes missed. My go-to lens for night shots is my prime 50mm Canon (f1.4), which has beautiful clarity and bokeh.
So, here are 3 night photos taken in urban environments. The first capture was shot on a walk along Newbury Street in Boston right before the shops closed for the night. The second shot was my reward for standing on Dearborn Street one freezing night in Chicago. The bus stops in Chicago are privately owned and decorated in novel ways. Absolut Vodka not only provided the bulls-eye graphics for this stop, but also the 3 color coordinated chairs! The last capture was taken in Riverside Park in New York City of the Firemen’s Memorial Statue . This gorgeous sculpture by Attilio Piccirilli honors fire fighters killed in the line of duty. The shadows and darkness created a dramatic backdrop for the sculpture of a woman holding the inert figure of a fireman. For this shot, I used a kit lens and a flash, so it’s a bit grainy. I am eager to go back and retake the shot with my 50 mm prime lens.
Night is a world lit by itself. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin
I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.–Vincent Van Gogh
To me, every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle.–Walt Whitman
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