Spitting, winding, and darkling: not ideal conditions for another foray into night photography, but at least I had a subject ready to hand, just by walking for a few blocks from our AirBnB in Comox to the dock. One of the (many) tricks, I am beginning to appreciate, is to learn what looks good with an extended shutter time; that is, what sort of movement creates an interesting effect, and what just makes for blurriness. I have not yet mastered this trick, but at least now I know there’s something there to be mastered.
This next one combines night photography with reflections, one of my favourite photographic themes.
Our local TV station (Global network, unfortunately, no longer independent) often spaces out its newscasts by running slow-motion scans of downtown Kelowna. The clouds fly; the sky darkens, the sunset flares; and car headlights surge in waves down the main street through town. I say all this because the technological capabilities of cameras give us the option of seeing things as they are, but with the added dimension of time. In our usual view of the streets, we see only congestion, gridlock, etc. With the camera, we get to see flow and fluid, and perhaps even life.
Not sure what this has to do with your theme, but your theme of timing your exposures got me started. Now you’re stuck with it.
Jim T – And happy to be stuck. Years ago I read a natural science book whose theme, as I remember it, was that if only we could learn to see the line of evolution behind each plant and animal and their movements across an ever-changing set of continents, we could see life itself as a flame. Not something static.