Yes, I borrowed the title from Bob Seger’s hit December 1976 single for the title of this review. My article has nothing to do with the song… I just liked the title.
On a cool, humid night last weekend, my friend Jo McAvany and I were setting up our tripods at Science World in Vancouver. As we chose subjects to photograph along the False Creek waterfront, Jo turned to me and told me that she thought the calm ocean with the reflective city lights was “moving”.
At first I thought she was talking about how the moored sailboats “wiggle” and appear blurry in our long exposure photos, but as I stood in the shadows enjoying the city lights, I realized that she meant that the scene we were photographing was inspiring and uplifting.
My title “Night Moves” seemed appropriate.
Jo and I had made the four hour trip to Vancouver to attend the Vancouver Camera Swap and Sale. Host Tonchi Martinic wrote: “After all this time of this COVID crisis, I’m happy to tell you that I’m going to have the Vancouver Camera Swap Meet on October 17, 2021.” So I loaded my car with cameras and gear from my store, easily convinced Jo to come with me, booked accommodation, and drove to Vancouver.
We had planned to do some ‘street’ type photography at the Richmond Night Market that first night, but the wind and pouring rain started right after we arrived so we were forced to stay in our hotel and wait. after the sale of cameras the next day. . With a little luck, we can make another trip before the winter snows.
After our busy and fun day at Camera Swap and Sale, we found an Italian restaurant for dinner, then grabbed our cameras and headed to the Vancouver Science Center to spend the evening doing long exposures of the lights of the town along False Creek.
False Creek is a small, narrow cove in the heart of Vancouver, separating the downtown and West End neighborhoods from the rest of the city. It is one of the four main bodies of water bordering Vancouver.
We also made a quick stop on the way to photograph the colorful 90ft sails atop the iconic Canada Place.
They are two great fun places to photograph anytime, but at night, Canada Place and Science World are special.
Jo was using a 28-300mm lens and I had my 24-120mm lens. We had thought about bringing our 24-70mm lenses, but the 28-300 and 24-120 would be more versatile if we had to do street photography. The only other gear we needed were our tripods and clean tissues to wipe the slow, damp mist from our cameras.
I recently read an article on night photography by American photographer Todd Vorenkamp. I liked his description of taking pictures at night: “The physiology of our eyes makes them see very differently from the camera at night. During the day, the cones of the retina reveal the world in technicolor. At night, the cone companions, the sticks, work overtime to offer a picture of what is in front of you, which the cones relay with muted colors. The camera does not know the natural limits of rods and cones. It has the ability to capture color regardless of the ambient light level. Therefore, the camera allows us to see our dark surroundings in a very different way than our eyes perceive it. Photographing at night allows us to see the night in all its wonderful colors.
For those of us who love to roam the dark streets and docks with our cameras, the festive Christmas season is soon here and there will be so many exciting night scenes to photograph.
Stay safe and be creative. These are my thoughts for this week.
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