My friends, this post was very close to being a textbook example of what NOT to do when shooting night photography. Even with an arsenal of great tips for shooting at night (thank you, Kat!), just about everything I shot was a failure on every level. In the end, I resorted to shooting photos of my daughter at bedtime, planning to tie it in with a post about storytime being my favourite time of day with her.
But even that photo failed. She looks adorable, but technically it was not up to snuff. And my standards are pretty low.
So, shuffling my feet, I cheated and dug into my archives and unearthed a photo taken last March in Shanghai, China. Although no one I know is in this photo, it is a moment rich in my memory as I was travelling with my entire family - parents, sister, nieces, husband, daughter - the trip of a lifetime. We had just reached Shanghai that day - our last destination - and were all exhausted after long and uncomfortable bus and plane journeys. The air was chilly and the garish lights of the skyline were a culture shock after some of the rural scenes we had experienced during the previous weeks. But the change of scenery energized us.
The colours in Sassylittlelulu's photo of a serene lake are far from garish but share the same intensity as the neons of Shanghai, and if I were there experiencing that scene in person I would no doubt be breathing in gulps of air at how fortunate I was to be there, just as I was in Shanghai.
indigo lake by sassylittlelulu