Shooting at Twilight

Shooting after sunset is a tricky thing. You need both a camera with good high ISO capabilities and a light source that keeps the scene looking like a actual night shot without getting too dark. Nothing looks worse that a flash shot at night as the figure is normally bright lit from the front and everything else in the scene is black.

I was working with Dezi on some active lifestyle shots in the city last night. The idea was to start during the golden hour and keep shooting thru twilight. I wanted to get that soft light in the sky with some city lights in the background. When it started getting really dark I saw these backlit billboards at a Streetcar Station and wanted to use them as my main lights for the figure and find something interesting in the background. Although the color captures are ok, the B&W has an honest and authentic quality to it that really like. It’s timesless and graphic, things I’m always trying to capture in my photos. I kept the contrast high on purpose to give it the feeling of B&W film. Shooting high ISO already gives the image a high contrast and my sensor has a wonderful grain to it but I added a little more film grain to make it feel even more raw and gritty.

SONY, ILCE-7, FE 35mm F2.8 ZA
1/125, f/2.8, ISO 800


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