Category Archives: Night Photography 2015 – 2016

A Good Crop

“ Twelve significant photographs
in any one year is a good crop.”

~Ansel Adams

If even Ansel Adams, one of the masters of photography, didn’t expect to get any more than 12 great photographs in a year. How could I expect to accomplish even half of that!?

I took a quick look through a few photos from each month of 2015 just to see if could come up with my own “good crop”. While they may not have any real significance they have all been a significant part of my life over the last 12 months.

So here ya go… my good crop, 2015 re-lived.

jan_IMG_1437January, 2015 – a music box arrives all the way from Germany.

feb_2015_IMG_2601February, 2015 – the Tin Man watches over visitors at a garden show.

March_2015_IMG_3512March, 2015 – a sad lonely raccoon longs to be released from his tiny enclosure.

april_IMG_4156April, 2015 – a young model helps teach about dramatic lighting.

may_IMG_4934May, 2015 – a hot steamy day deep in the workings of a busy power plant.

june_2015_IMG_6491_black_whiteJune, 2015 – history re-visited at an old fort.

july_IMG_7543July, 2015 – an even younger model helps teach, this time it’s senior portraits.

aug_2015_IMG_8713August, 2015 – the mud flies at a wet and wild volleyball tournament.

sep_2015_IMG_1544September, 2015 – 5o photographers shooting in high speed to capture the jumps and spins of a college dancer makes an awesome sound!

oct_2015_IMG_4644_16x9October, 2015 – a beautiful beast is ready for his close-up.

nov_2015_after_dark_IMG_8437November, 2015 – things look very different after dark.

dec_IMG_9224December, 2015 – lady bullpups fight their way to victory.

What a year! I wonder if Ansel would be proud.


Main Street After Dark

So what’s a pair of photographers to do when their plans to go outdoors after dark and grab a couple of night shots of old rundown buildings gets interrupted by bitter cold November winds?

Put on an extra pair of socks and go!

According to the weather app on my phone, which is usually spot on, it was 27 degrees outside when D and I headed out for a little night photography.

night photography with flash
Canon EOS 7D – 1/100 – f/4 – ISO 100 – 35mm – Canon 430EX II Speedlite fired – handheld

Sometimes things don’t go as planned but we still came away with a few interesting images; even if I was shivering and could no longer feel my fingers as I pressed the shutter release.

Oh we weren’t the only ones crazy enough to be outdoors that night. Main street brought us a study stream of cars driving by most of them slowing down just long enough to see who the heck was standing in the middle of the road.

It’s ok everyone; it’s just me again.

photography using flash at night
Canon EOS 7D – 1/100 – f/8 – ISO 100 – 28mm – Canon 430EX II Speedlite fired – handheld

One even stopped long enough for the driver to get out and ask if we were working for Google or if the buildings were scheduled to be torn down soon; and just why the heck were was I standing in the cold taking pictures anyway?

night photography
Canon EOS 7D – 1/80 – f/4.5 – ISO 100 – 26mm – Canon 430EX II Speedlite fired – handheld

Yep it’s a small town and when someone does something a little different everyone has to know about it.

Hey; at least we didn’t have a police visit this time!


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