That cannot be said for the city I live in. It is dead quiet in the wee hours of the morning.
And that is just want I was hoping for.
I wanted to get some nighttime city shots without cars leaving light streaks and therefore took the following shots around 4:30 on a Saturday morning. Mainly this was a learning experience and I wasn't expecting much. In the end I was surprised that most everything came out reasonably well and I learned a lot. A tripod is a must. Some shots I rested the camera on the ground, a planter box or newspaper stand and the difference in clarity is quite evident compared to holding and resting it on the car window. And you should use a cable release. I knew this going in but mainly wanted to get some ideas for exposure times and apertures.
The following color images are straight out of the camera and all are with the aperture at f3.8.
The black and white images were manipulated from their previous color image.
Exposure time 1 second
I was surprised again how much that dark shot could be rescued in the conversion below.
Exposure 2 seconds
Notice how the traffic light gets more glare with the longer time but the overall scene is better lit.
A smaller aperture and longer exposure might correct this.
Exposure 3 seconds
Here I rested the camera on the ground and lost the advantage I was seeking for more sharpness as the camera focused on the grass in the foreground. Next time I'll turn the auto focus off and set the lens to infinity and beyond. Isn't that what they said in Star Trek? I never watched the show. Notice now even the street lamps are producing too much glare.
But I am really liking the black & white city nighttime pictures. This is what I was after. I set the white balance for tungsten and forget to put it back the next day when I took the frozen shot for yesterday's post. That is why I have blue golf balls.
More to come.