Our first night walk last Tuesday was a lot of fun, but I think my favourite moment came about half an hour in. One of the guys who came arrived a bit late, had never used a tripod and I don’t think English was his first language. He had a worried, sunken look on his face so as we were setting up to shoot the traffic on the Queensway I asked how he was getting on. “When you say ‘do a long exposure’, what does that mean?” So we worked through it, step by step, until we had a nicely exposed photo with the trademark red lines streaking across it. His face transformed as the biggest smile stretched across it.
That’s why I do this stuff.
There were a lot of smile that night. Taking a photo that looks like the thing you took a photo of is fine and dandy but making the box create things that can’t normally be seen is a kind of magic. And the mix of chance (press the button and see what happens) and science (figure out the light and experiment with settings) means you can enjoy it on all manner of levels.
Because it went so well we’re doing it again on Monday 17th, and we’ll certainly be looking to develop a strand of more formal night photography classes in the new year. But for now, here’s a few of the photos that have come into the Flickr group that caught my eye.
There’s plenty more in the Photo School Flickr Pool so go have a browse.
And if you’d like to have a go before the fairground and Christmas lights vanish for another year, book your place for Monday’s walk.