Outdoors at night

The following photos were taken, all in the same night, around the centre of Tunbridge Wells with a brief to explore the variety of lighting.  I chose a Sunday night as I thought it would be less busy. I started from the Large multi storey car park and then a circuit of the main shopping area.  I used a tripod on all these shots.

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1.  Car Park entrance. I liked the lead in lines of the railings and the lights drawing you into the picture.   1.6 sec at F20 ISO 200 exposure adjustment -2 stops

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2.  Car park. Again I like the X formed by the yellow lines and lights drawing you in to the frame. 5sec at F20 ISO200

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3.  I liked the mix of lighting in this scene and the silhouetted skyline. Its not as sharp as I thought it was when I took so while the composition is, I think, ok the finished result isn’t. 5 sec at F20 ISO 200

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4.  Car park stairwell I liked all the angles in this with the right angle echoed several times across the frame. 0.4 sec at F20 ISO 200

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5.  Rooftops what appealed to me here was the lead of dark windows up to the brightly lit room in the distance. 10 sec at F20 ISO 200 exposure adjustment – 2 stops

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6.  Shop window. I liked the sign in the background offset by the plants in the window. 2 sec at f20 ISO 200 – I.3 stops exposure adjustment.

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7.  I wanted to get both the internal lighting and also the no photography sign on the door. 13 sec at F20. ISO 200

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8.  I liked the frame within a frame effect of this. 2 sec at F20 ISO 200

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9.  I thought the clock face could almost be a moon substitute. 4 sec at F20 ISO 200 minus two stops exposure adjustment

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10.  What caught my eye here was the line of lights taking you deeper into the store. 1.6 sec at f20 ISO 200 minus 7/10 of a stop exposure adjustment.

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11.  I did a portrait shot of the left hand side of this – just showing the window really but preferred this one with overlooking the precinct. 1/60 sec at F20 ISO 200 minus two stops exposure adjustment

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12.  The contrast of the bright advert, compared to the dark precinct, appealed to me here. I wanted to get the idea that you look at the advert and then the path to the right takes you down the shops to the next smaller brightly lit area. 1 sec at F11 ISO 200

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13.  The repeated blue in the frame as well as the contrast between the dark exterior and bright interior drew me to this shot. 1/6 sec at F11 ISO 200 minus two stops exposure adjustment.

 

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14.  In this shot the reflection from the shot opposite effectively overwrites the poster on the left in this window. 0.6 sec at F11 ISO 200

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15.  I wanted the interior shot of what was the only shop open in the whole precinct and hoped that the individual would not move during the exposure. 1 sec at F11 ISO 200

 

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16.  This was shot while a lorry was unloading I liked the detail in windows and the barely seen outline of the lorry. 2 sec at F16 ISO 200

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17.  Compositionally I thought the gentle curve of the path made for a good study and the fact that I got the ghostly figures of a couple of late night walkers was a bonus. 5 sec at F11 ISO 200

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18.  I spotted that the interior of this shop was black and silver so to me it seemed almost to be a monochrome shot (there is a small amount of reflected colour ) and I think it works reasonably well as an abstract. 1/3 sec at F22 ISO 200 minus one stop exposure adjustment.

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19.  Taken from a traffic island looking down the hill I liked the strong lines in the centre and hoe the lights of the cars also act as a lead down the hill. 30 secs at F22 ISO 200

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You can still see the skyline in this and I’m glad there is a group of people in the shot to give a sense of scale and also a bit of atmosphere to what would otherwise be a fairly clinical shot. 3.2 secs at F20 ISO 200

I enjoyed this exercise and was surprised at what opportunities presented themselves.  Its necessary I think to be prepared to use exposure compensation to get the right balance with the strong lighting elements versus the darkness.

 

 

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