Ok, I finally did it. Today I wondered again why I purchases a quite decent tripod back then, when I never really used it. I got headache inside because of the heating air in my apartment, the best way to get ill, and thought it would be better to get out there to take a deep breath of fresh autumn air. I just didn’t know what I could do outside, and as said, my tripod came into my mind. I thought I should finally go out there to try night photography with my tripod.
It was a bit wet outside, mainly because the snow fully melted, and it drizzled outside. But I thought this would make the photos maybe even better as the lights would be reflected well, but that was just my theory. I shot several photos, definitely not as much as if I would go outside during daytime, but I shot a few. I still think it’s more complicated, not technically, because that’s just setting the camera manually to 30 seconds exposure, but it’s complicated as you are less mobile with the tripod, or in other words less flexible. Focussing can be a bit tricky too, but focussing on lights worked well. The Manfrotto quick release plate worked well, it’s really a cool gadget to have attached to the camera, because then you can attach the camera to the tripod ball head in no time.
I went to the Malerwinkel in Lübeck, and the name of the place means literally translated something like “The painters angle”. You might understand now why people call it that way, because it’s a good angle to paint the city, or more modern these days, to take photos too. One of my great-uncles was a very good painter, he painted with all kind of techniques and colours, he visited the Malerwinkel a few times to paint pictures of the city, until he moved on to other angles or subjects. He died a decade ago or so because of a heart attack, that was sad, and I believe today I could have learned so much about composition from him. Several family members do still have some of his paintings, I should show you some day, because he was a true artist and I like his paintings.
I hope you like my night photography try, I don’t go out often with a tripod, but the results can be very interesting. If it just would be easier to motivate myself to go out with additional equipment and weight, I would do this more often.