Of the night


I’m not known for my one shot posts, and certainly not for my night photography.  Browsing my photo files last night, I came across a rather wonderful memory.  Lumiere at Durham last November.  Looking at it, I could feel the atmosphere again as the scenes washed across the face of Durham Cathedral.  The crowd stood hushed throughout a powerful sound and light performance.

This week Paula is demanding something Nocturnal, and I’ve rarely seen a more beautiful photo of Belem.  By definition, nocturnal means ‘active at night’.  This is a rare shot I took with my phone because there was insufficient light for the camera.  Go over to Paula’s place and see what makes Thursday’s Special.  You’ll find a beautiful nocturnal creature if you do.


    1. Yes, it’s a magical night, Sue. 🙂 I was leaping about a little over enthusiastically on the Moors today and I’ve now got a hobble. That’s me for restlessness for a day or two 🙂 🙂

      1. I am European, and my first “alone” vacation was a trip to Great Britain, where I stayed with a family for 4 weeks in summer. I remember the train ride and the ferry. Later I worked in the UK twice, once for 6 months and once for a couple of weeks. I always flew from (through) London after I had moved to the US.

    1. I used it for my night shots at Bristol Balloon Festival for the first time, Cathy, and was amazed at the results. The lighting at Durham was very low and I was surprised at what I could still pick up. No idea, really! You know me- the world’s best point and click girl 🙂 🙂

      1. Yes, I know what you mean, Jo. I encountered many poor light conditions in Iceland, and often my phone took better pictures than my camera. I’m the same – point and shoot. Maybe if I learned to use the manual settings on my camera….

      2. When you do you can write it out in simple terms for me 🙂 🙂 Perking up a bit? I spent a lovely day down on the Moors today but I’ve ricked my ankle so nothing too hectic for the rest of the week.

      3. Oh dear, Jo! I hope you’ll rest that ankle of yours so you’ll be back on your walks soon. Don’t worry, I’m sure even if I figured out the manual settings, I’d never know how to explain them! 🙂

      1. I may have done one more video. Once many years ago I saw the Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids. That was special. The technology back then would be nothing compared to what is available for light shows now.

  1. Seriously, you are not the only one. I am in awe with others who get their night photos down. I could never get to their caliber. You captured everything there is to say about the dazzling display and the energy around it.

  2. Beautiful photo, Jo. While I have seen sound and light shows advertised, I have actually never been present at one yet. Night photography is tough without a tripod. Your phone did well!

    1. I was half expecting Paula to post an owl, Annika. She has some superb shots. I looked at my Lumiere shots for something different. Glad you remember them. 🙂 We have a fountain that twinkles at night in our garden, and I was considering that too. 🙂 Thanks a lot!

  3. I like this moody shot. I can imagine you active at any time of the day, but it is so nice to see a nocturnal shot from you. This one is painted nicely in the night lights. Thank you.

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