Tonight I went for a nighttime walk around my neighborhood and had along my camera and monopod for taking pictures. I like to use my camera’s slow shutter speed to take a timed exposure shot of various scenic spots near where I live and experiment with the various settings to see what kind of pictures I get.
On tonight’s walk I decided to use my camera’s flash while doing the timed exposure shots and was very pleasantly surprised at the results. I usually don’t use a flash in my nighttime shots as I try to use what limited lighting is available, but tonight I did and the resulting pictures practically blew me away. I think I’m on to something here.
This was one of the first pictures I took with the flash. I left the shutter open for one second and held it still on the monopod during the exposure. I think the flash helps illuminate objects closer to the camera and reduces the glare from the lights coming from the background.
This is the street near where I live. Again, I used the one second exposure and the flash, which seems to have reduced the glare from the street lights.
I was really blown away by this shot. I managed to get a clear shot of the trees and the ground with minimal glare while capturing the moon and clouds in the sky. I don’t think I could have gotten a shot like this without the flash.
In this last shot the flash illuminated the leaves on the trees to give a sense of texture while keeping everything else visible without it being overexposed.
I think this is a new avenue of photography which deserves further exploration.