Posted by: travelrat | November 6, 2016

Travel Theme: Dark


‘Photography’ comes from the Greek, meaning ‘drawing with light’. And, the most important tool in the box is light. Strip the word down to basics, and you don’t even need a camera. But, you do need light.

So, what happens if there isn’t any? Well, you could put the camera away, and go and have a beer or something. But, if there’s even a glimmer of light around, you may be able to do something with it.

‘But’ I hear you chorus ‘Most cameras these days come with flash built in, so where’s the problem?’

Well, the flash has a limited range. It’s OK for close-up work, but not for something like a cityscape by night. Nevertheless, you still see flashes popping off, despite advice it’s about as much use as an ashtray on a motor-bike in most situations. When I visited Phillip Island to see the penguin parade, ALL photography was forbidden. The flash damages the penguins’ eyes, I was told … and most people don’t know how to disable it.


So, how to get around it? You need a long exposure, and for that, you need a steady hand, or a tripod. You don’t have to haul a bulky affair around with you, though. A mini-tripod, or a GorillaPod will usually fit into your bag. Failing that, a convenient wall or railing could be used to steady your camera.


When the sun has gone down, there’s still plenty of opportunity for photography after dark … but you still need a little light.


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  1. These are such gorgeous photos.

    • Thank you!

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