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Night Shots

An overcast sky is the mortal enemy of great travel memories.

A Medieval Castle Ruin in Durnstein, Austria, Camera Resting on a Rock

The Overcast Monster makes great sights look blah and everything moosh together. There are only two ways to fight him: never take a photo that has any sky in it, or get those night shots.

The first option is pretty good but usually requires a lot of photo editing software effort to look good. The second option only needs a steady camera.

Palazzo Vecchio Tower in Florence, Italy, Camera Resting on a Parked Truck


The most important reason I take photos is to capture and refresh wonderful memories of family, friends and travels. Night shots have rescued those memories so many times over the years that I’ve lost count.

If you’re a very serious photographer, you will likely have a tripod handy much of the time. But if you are like most folks, you won’t. So how do you make sure your camera is steady enough to suck in the small amount of light at night without making a blurry mess?

It turns out to be surprisingly easy once you start thinking about it. There is almost always some solid surface around that will work for a long exposure. The images here represent precious memories that I would have lost if not for night shots taken from a steady platform already there. All I had to do was look for it.

A Street in Venice, Camera on a Wooden Restaurant Chair

  1. March 28, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Very nice shots!

  1. January 22, 2012 at 7:20 am

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