23 Outstanding Photos Shot in Darkness :: Digital Photo Secrets

23 Outstanding Photos Shot in Darkness

by David Peterson 2 comments

There's something really magical about taking photos in near-darkness. A nighttime landscape takes on wonderful, sometimes eerie, sometimes surreal, often beautiful qualities that you just can't duplicate during the day. Near-dark photography takes a lot of patience and guesswork, but when all that patience and guesswork pays off the reward is an amazing image that may not look exactly the way you imagined it would. And that's a good thing. For some inspiration, here are some outstanding photos that were shot in darkness or in low light


[ Top image Witching Hour (Golden Gate Bridge), San Francisco by Flickr user flatworldsedge]

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 100
  • f/5.0
  • 260
  • 20 mm

Forth Rail Bridge - Moonlight by Flickr user angus clyne

  • Nikon D300
  • 200
  • f/4.0
  • 373
  • 10.5 mm

Rowena Crest • Rowena Curves • Coming and Going by Flickr user victorvonsalza


    Stars over John Moulton homestead by Flickr user IronRodArt - Royce Bair ("Star Shooter")

    • Nikon D300
    • 100
    • f/4.0
    • 48
    • 16 mm

    Return to Pigeon Point Lighthouse - 138th Anniversary by Flickr user Darvin Atkeson


    Let's Dock Here by Flickr user Mikko Lagerstedt



    "Rockstar" - The Milky Way from Joshua Tree National Park by Flickr user Stephen Oachs (ApertureAcademy.com)



    The stars were dancing just for me by Flickr user c@rljones


    • Nikon D700
    • 400
    • f/8.0
    • 50.6
    • 21 mm

    Drama In the Dark ;o) by Flickr user Ragstatic

    • Canon EOS 7D
    • 100
    • f/5.0
    • 59
    • 15 mm

    Night Skies over the Nubble Lighthouse - in explore by Flickr user SunnyDazzled

    • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
    • 3200
    • f/2.8
    • 15
    • 16 mm

    Ice & Aurora - Jökulsárlón by Flickr user orvaratli

    • Nikon D700
    • 200
    • f/10.0
    • 30
    • 24 mm

    WAIKIKI MIDNIGHT DANCING PALMS by Flickr user RUSSIANTEXAN ©

    • Canon EOS 5D
    • 200
    • f/5.6
    • 209
    • 16 mm

    Night Rider by Flickr user Garry - www.visionandimagination.com

    • Nikon D700
    • 1600
    • f/5.0
    • 67
    • 24.5 mm

    My Starwars by Flickr user anthonyko

    • Canon EOS REBEL T3i
    • 800
    • f/4.5
    • 30
    • 28 mm

    Watergate Caves - St. Paul by Flickr user Eric Fryc

    • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
    • 3200
    • f/2.8
    • 30
    • 14 mm

    juniper tree by Flickr user Eric 5D Mark III

    • Nikon D800
    • 125
    • f/9.0
    • 0.6
    • 65 mm

    Midnight by Flickr user dubdream

    • Nikon D600
    • 200
    • f/9.0
    • 15
    • 17 mm

    Midnight Mass by Flickr user matt_frankel

    • Canon EOS 40D
    • 1600
    • f/4.0
    • 30
    • 17 mm

    A night on mars by Flickr user caddymob


      Vodable - cave - 14-07-2006 - 20h53 by Flickr user Panoramas


      Devetashka Cave by Flickr user inhiu



        "Pools" - the Subway of Zion National Park, Utah by Flickr user Justin Reznick

        • Nikon D300
        • 200
        • f/13.0
        • 25
        • 12 mm

        Caldos cavernarios by Flickr user dani.Co

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        1. Robert Bailey says:

          Great shots, but in some Night shots the stars are dots and other they are curve. How doyou take a long exposure and keep the stars is single dots, or is this a photoshop deal?

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