52Weeks: W7 City at Night

This week I started out with a well-defined plan, shooting an area where I have gotten a few other pictures I really enjoy from a new angle. The area is the centre-point of my current hometown surrounding both the opera house and a bridge crossing the tiny lake parts of the town is built around. This area is like most cityscapes dull during most days but with each night’s darkness It comes to life creating a very nice scene. This is something I’ve found true for most cites where the dark covers the imperfections and highlights the ingenuity and commitment that’s required to build a modern city.

This well-defined plan did however run into some minor issues quick, mainly the fact that my idea didn’t really pan out. My new angle on an old problem wasn’t what I had thought so I spent a little time walking around the area looking for new ways to shoot the scene. Luckily (since I shoot this on Sunday night) my walkabout revealed an angle that I’ve previously been searching for overlooking both the bridge and the opera house. The calm water and dark sky provided good conditions for long the special effect I was after.

This continues to be one of the best views of my home town and I will continue to go back there for new angles and new inspiration. And as for night time photography in cites, it’s one of my favourite ways to display and experience cities. It’s also one of the only ways it’s possible to photograph the cities I’ve lived in during most of the year, at least while still working regular hours.