15 June 2014

Night life too

Ever since the night I took this photo, I've been looking for the conditions to be right for the second one. That happened yesterday. But more about that later.
Fog light, Blacktown
I love fog, as I've mentioned in Lithgow and other places. The weather forecast had said that there would be fog so I got up early to go to the mountains. Before I'd driven five minutes from home I came across this streetlight and just had to photograph it. I love the shape of the light streaming out - like a cone of light, the softness and isolation that the fog creates and the simplicity of the image, not to mention the leaning posts.
The rest of the morning was no good for photos as the fog had disappeared before I'd even got to the foothills of the Blue Mountains.

On the short drive from home to this streetlight I saw that in places the streetlights created puddles of light because the road was damp. Normally, when the roads are dry, you get a more diffuse light. But when they are wet, the light reflection stands out more clearly. The conditions would have to be right: wet roads but not raining (I don't like getting wet!), even spacing of the street lights, no traffic, and an appropriate length of road.
Yesterday morning (2:30 am!) the conditions looked promising. It had been raining recently, it wasn't actually raining, and there was no traffic. So I went off looking for streets that might have the right placement of lights and shape. It took me over an hour to find what I was looking for, but this was exactly right:
Light rain, Rooty Hill
You'll find these two images in the Others/City gallery.

08 June 2014

Night life

I visited friends on the Central Coast and we went for a walk after dinner. The sky was heavily overcast which generally doesn't interest me photographically - I like the contrast between light and dark, not uniform greyness. But I was surprised to find that the lights of the northern Sydney suburbs were reflected by the clouds creating an image that I just had to photograph - a wonderful contrast between light and dark.

Night lights, Ettalong
I realized that this could also work early in the morning, so I got up well before sunrise to take some more photos, but this time of the Gosford city lights. This is the last one I took before the sky became too light. I love the way the mooring posts stand out so clearly on the right hand side of the photo.

Night lights 2, Empire Bay
You can see these and other photos in the the following gallery: Nature/Coastal. Or, as always, in the Recent gallery (for a few months only).