Night Life

July 25, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

As a landscape photographer, the best time for me to shoot is in the time just before or after a sunrise or a sunset.  The golden hour is a time when the sun is lower in the sky, creating a warmer feeling with golden colors and hues.

Golden HourGolden HourThere weren't many people in this area of the Boerner Botanical Gardens on this day. There was, however, another photographer and we were both vying for the same positions during the Golden Hour.

The sun doesn't even have to be a part of your image to create a dramatic impact.  The colors during the golden hour are deeper and richer than they would be if the sun were high in the sky. 

The blue hour is the time when the sun is still below the horizon.  The sky turns a deep shade of blue and it's easier to see the silhouettes of the objects around you. 

First LightFirst LightFirst Light on the Blue Ridge Parkway

But for me, one of the best times to go out with the camera is when it's full-on dark.  Night photography shows an entirely different side of things than what you might see in the day.  An ordinary scene during the day becomes brilliant during the night. 

Crossing the Milwaukee RiverCrossing the Milwaukee RiverCrossings over the Milwaukee River in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

In the image above, the different crossings over the Milwaukee River come to life at night.  The lights and shadows give this photograph more depth and drama.  During the day, you'd still see the geometric layers and patterns of the bridges and crossings, but at night, they're brought to life.

River SceneRiver SceneMarcus Center for the Performing Arts in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The above photograph was made during River Splash in Milwaukee several years ago.  Before then, I hadn't realized that the colors of the lights on the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts building changed!

And at night, the neon fish on the side of a building look fantastic!  During the day, it's not quite the same effect. 

Neon FishNeon FishNeon fish on the side of a building along the Milwaukee River in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The light trails from traffic offer even more drama to a photograph made at night.  It's not even something that you would see during the day.

Lincoln Memorial Drive at NightLincoln Memorial Drive at NightTaken from the overpass walkway over Lincoln Memorial Drive in Milwaukee.

Passing the TimePassing the TimeThe Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Street scenes in a big city are always more fun to photograph at night.  My exposure time in the photograph above was only 4 seconds, but it was long enough to create a light trail of the cars that passed.

Night MovesNight MovesTraffic passes by The Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Night photography is a whole different way to view the world around us and just as colorful and brilliant as a photograph made during the day. 

Along the RiverAlong the RiverA view across the Milwaukee River at night.


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