Dogwood 52: Assignment #20 "Nightowl"

Some friends and I are doing the Dogwood 52 Week photography challenge. We submit a photo each week on a given "assignment" along with commentary and discussion. This week's assignment was:

[Landscape] Nightowl: A tripod is going to be handy this week... time to shoot a night landscape. Look for some light for the scene! Car lights, city lights, or maybe just moonlight.

The submissions follow in order submitted along with the photographer's commentary. We'll add other commentary and critique from the group as it comes in.


This was taken doing a little urban exploring on some train tracks. Using some noise reduction I'm fairly happy how it turned out without using a tripod. I like how the town backlights the shot, as the train tracks lead the eyes to them. (Sony a7s, 28mm, f/2.0, 1/40 sec, 25600 ISO)


I climbed a couple of towers/skyscrapers, but the pictures kinda looked flat and all the same. So clearly the solution was to shoot from low near the ground. I jumped in just to give a foreground, I promise I'm not starting to enjoy being on the wrong side of the lens.


I was out in SF for this week and took a few cool shots of the city. Cities at night are always dramatic to me. Cities themselves are deep and complicated and full of mystery. During the day they're crawling with people busy in their own lives and those stories seem to dominate. At night, the City itself is alive.
Or, less dramatically they're just full of contrast between the lights and the darkness. I chose the photo above as my favorite because the light temperature of street lights in Portrero Hill simply could not be matched with the cool light of the city. So, instead I tried my best to balance between the two and just show them as completely alien from one another. It feels artificial, so I made it a little more artificial with heightened contrast, but it also tells how it feels to look into the city from that quiet hill.