#streetphotography #nightphotography #blackandwhite
Street photography at night for me is very poetic it has mystery in it. It is my film noir.
Images which look pretty ordinary in daylight can be very dramatic in the darkness of the night.
Taking pictures at night has its challenges mainly because of lack of light. So I built my compositions around available sources of light. All cities have a lot of light Street lamps, stop lights, car lights windows and more.
I also see it with the different point of view. If during the day I like my pictures to have feeling of being inside the situations, participating in them. At night I prefer to be an observer from outside.
Because of that, I choose different lens than the one I use for daylight. My go to lens for daylight street photography is 24 F 2.8 pancake lens which is about 38 mm on my camera. Here is the link to my video where I am talking about that.
For the night photography I use Sigma Art 18-35mm f1.8 zoom. Here’s why I choose this lens for my night street photography. It has 1.8 fixed aperture which gives me extra stop compared to 24 mm 2.8 pancake. With ISO 1600 or 3200 it allows me to photograph pretty much everything I want, handheld. Because it is zoom lens I have more flexibility in my compositions. 18-35 translates into 29-56 mm lens in full frame. Giving me the range from wide angle to normal lens. I also like the image quality when shooting wide open. It is soft and silky, very cinematic. The lens is pretty large and heavy which helps me to stabilize camera handheld. And at night In the dark the size of it is not the issue with people I photograph.
I prefer to do all street photography at night in black and white. Color is difficult at night because most light sources on the street produce kind of greenish yellowish light not particularly attractive. There are many different kinds of light sources and balancing them in post-production is next to impossible.
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