Practicing Nightlight Photography


Being a self-proclaimed vampire, I am definitely a creature of the night.

And this one of the reasons why I relish Fall and Winter and how the sun sets early. I know that the majority of people prefer loooooong days and short nights, but not me. Truthfully, I'd be happy with about five hours of daylight and the rest nightlight. 

My favorite thing to do during the fall and winter months is take long walks through the city after dinner. I will sometimes walk for two hours, enjoying the peace and quite, and beauty of night. I know this sounds funny, but I actually see better at night. In fact, all my senses seem more acute.

For the past several months, I've been taking my camera with me during my walks and practicing nightlight photography. One of the major reasons for getting this camera was to learn more about using the manual settings (shutter speed, aperture, and ISO) instead of always relying on auto-mode. It's been a wonderful journey; one in which I'm still learning.

Here are several photographs I took during my favorite time of the day.

After dark...


Thomas Jefferson University


Chestnut Street


Walnut Street


Moriarty's Irish Pub and Restaurant


Continental Restaurant and Martini Bar in Old City


Subway station at Dilworth Park

This final photograph was taken during one of my trips to New York City in December 2017...


Along 5th Avenue


Yup...I am most definitely a happy creature of the night...


Have a fantastic weekend everyone!
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26 comments

  1. Valerie DaggattFebruary 22, 2018

    Good morning, Ron. Loved your portrait at the end....lol. I have to say that Walnut and Chestnut Streets look lovely at night - so peaceful and beautiful. Last night BBC showed an hour long programme all about New York, you can imagine my excitement at seeing shops and cafes I had visited. Excuse the enthusiasm but I'll never get to NY again so I have to make do with TV and your excellent photographs.

    Almost weekend - I hope yours is good, my friend x

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  2. Beautiful photographs, Ron! Love the glowing colors.I laughed at the final picture of Grandpa LOL! He was always my favorite on The Munsters. It was interesting to read about you enjoy the shorter days of winter, I do too. I'm a night owl!

    Have a great weekend, Ron

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  3. http://ladyfi.wordpress.comFebruary 22, 2018

    Fabulous photos! The night lights give the city a completely different character.

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  4. My absolute favorite one of the bunch here is the one on the staircase! Its just awesome! I always have such a hard time taking photos at night. I find that the flash tends to distort things but without flash of course it is like taking photos of shadows. I am so jealous of your talent!

    In the last post you asked how you can listen to my podcast. I am posting back on my blog page when episodes are up with links but if you have ITunes you can easily find us by searching "Cinematically Correct" in the ITunes podcast app!

    Cant wait to hear what you think!

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  5. HaHa, you included that Irish pub and restaurant for my sake, right, Ron??! That's just where I'd like to be sitting, taking in the scenery and people-watching. Do you happen to know if it's always decorated like that, or if you took the photo during the holidays?

    These are gorgeous shots, my friend. You're developing an artist's eye for framing a scene, and I just love all the lights and movement you've included. I can see where taking photos at night would be a challenge, but you're more than up to the task.

    Happy weekend-to-come! xo

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  6. Great photos, Ron! I love night shots, too. But while I also prefer shorter days and longer nights, I am definitely not a night owl. Unless Tara and I are out at some cheap dive bar knocking back shots. Then all bets are off!

    "Truthfully, I'd be happy with about five hours of daylight and the rest nightlight."

    You seem like the type of person who would be very happy in Alaska. Except for the fact that it's REALLY far from NYC, of course.

    Happy rest of the week!

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  7. Hello there Valerie!

    HA! I couldn't resist using a portrait picture of Grandpa Munster from the TV show, The Munsters!

    I took those two photographs of Walnut and Chestnut Streets one very cold and windy night in January. There was barely anyone else on the streets.

    "Last night BBC showed an hour long programme all about New York, you can imagine my excitement at seeing shops and cafes I had visited. "

    Oh, that sounded wonderful! And I know how you felt because that's exactly I get whenever I see anything about New York. And it's ironic you mentioned NY because I am going there tomorrow for another training. Can't wait!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Wishing you and Charlie a fantabulous weekend!

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  8. Hey there Candice!

    Thank you :) HA! I couldn't resist sharing that picture of Grandpa. I found it online right before I published this post late last night. He was always MY favorite in the show as well. I also loved Uncle Fester in The Addams Family!

    Don't ya LOVE shorter days? I'm a night owl as well!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, my friend. Have a super weekend!
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  9. Thank you, Fiona :) And agree....night lights give ANY city a completely different character.

    Have a wonderful weekend, my friend. And thanks so much for stopping by!
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  10. Hellooooooooooo Shae!

    Thank you :) I took that shot back in early January. It was right around New Year's.

    "I find that the flash tends to distort things but without flash of course it is like taking photos of shadows. "

    You are so right about using the flash, which is why I have it "turned off" on my camera. I've learned how to adjust the shutter speed so that it lets in more light so that I don't have to use the flash at night.

    Thanks so much for letting me know about your podcast! Looking forward to tuning in. I don't ITunes, so I will visit your blog to get the link.

    Have a faaaaaaabulous weekend, my friend. And thanks so much for stopping by!
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  11. Thanks, Mark :)

    " I am definitely not a night owl. Unless Tara and I are out at some cheap dive bar knocking back shots. Then all bets are off!"

    HA! I used to stay up very late (rather very early) many years ago (until 1-1:30 AM), but that's when I had a job in which I didn't have to start until 2 PM. However, now I usually go to bed around 11:30-12:00.

    "You seem like the type of person who would be very happy in Alaska. Except for the fact that it's REALLY far from NYC, of course."

    OMG...I cannot believe you said that because I was actually going to mentioned something in this post about moving to Alaska because of the months of darkness. But you're right...it would be way too far from NYC!

    Have a super weekend, buddy. And thanks for stopping by!

    X to you and Tara

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  12. Helloooooooooo there Debbie!

    HA! Yup...I specifically posted the photo of Moriarty's for YOU! Isn't it such a cool-looking pub? My brother and I actually ate dinner there one night when he came to visit me last year. The food was faaaaaaaabulous! And yes, it was decorated like that during the holidays. I think I took that photograph early January when it was still decorated for New Year's!

    Thank you for your kind and encouraging words. It's been such fun learning how to use the manual settings. The more I practice, the more I learn.

    Happy weekend-to-come to you as well! And thanks so much for stopping by!
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  13. You do gorgeous night time shots, Ron. Really stunning.

    I like night-time, although I'm more a country night-time person (I love watching the bats emerge and night and listening to the night creatures). But as many similarities as we have (Libras!), I am definitely one of those people who likes long, long days and warmer weather. I am eagerly awaiting daylight savings time!

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  14. Aw...thank you, my friend :)

    " I'm more a country night-time person (I love watching the bats emerge and night and listening to the night creatures)."

    OMG...I love that too! I am definitely someone who prefers living in a city, however, I sooooooooo enjoy and appreciate the country as well.

    "But as many similarities as we have (Libras!), I am definitely one of those people who likes long, long days and warmer weather. I am eagerly awaiting daylight savings time!

    Yes, I know that I am in the major minority when it comes to short days and long nights. Which is why I think I was a vampire in a past life - HA!

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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  15. Ron, these pictures are gorgeous! Wow! You really have such a talent for photography, particularly city life. You know how capture the magic of city life!

    I like nighttime too, but I prefer when the days are longer because I feel like I have more time to do things. Which I know is stupid because there are the same amount of hours in each day so they're is no difference.

    I love that shot on 5th Avenue. Stunning!

    Have a wonderful weekend, Ron x

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  16. Hola Denise!

    Thank you, girl :) I love city life so I enjoy capturing its essence.

    "I like nighttime too, but I prefer when the days are longer because I feel like I have more time to do things. Which I know is stupid because there are the same amount of hours in each day so they're is no difference."

    Yes, and I know that most people feel the same as you. I've only met a few people who feel as I do about shorter days and longer nights. I do enjoy daytime, but I feel more in tuned with nighttime.

    I took that shot on 5th Avenue back in December when I was there for a work-related training. To me, NYC looks especially beautiful at night.

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you're having a fantastic weekend!
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  17. Great work, Ron-or should I say Count Ronula? These photos are so exciting and full of life, even the ones without people,

    You really make the night into another world that is filled with all kinds of potential.

    Terrific job, buddy! Thanks so much for sharing. Take care!

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  18. "or should I say Count Ronula?"

    HA! Rob....that cracked me up! I was a big fan of The Munsters; Grandpa being my favorite character.

    "You really make the night into another world that is filled with all kinds of potential."

    Thank you for your beautiful words, buddy. And thanks so much for stopping by!

    Have a faaaaaaaaaaaabulous week!
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  19. Glorious photos, Ron! You really know how to capture the beauty and magic of nighttime! My favorites are the subway station and of course, the last one of 5th Avenue.

    When I was younger, I didn't like the shorter days of fall and winter because I always felt like the day ended too soon. But as I've gotten older I've grown to really look forward to the peace and quiet of evenings. Nighttime makes me feel more relaxed. I also feel like I have more energy at night.

    Great post, Ron x

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  20. Thanks, Elaine :) Being a New Yorker, I had a feeling you would enjoy the picture of 5th Avenue!!!

    I really like how you said this...

    "But as I've gotten older I've grown to really look forward to the peace and quiet of evenings. Nighttime makes me feel more relaxed. I also feel like I have more energy at night."

    I agree! Especially about having more energy at night. I also feel more creative at night, which is why I like taking pictures and writing my blog posts at night. I feel more relaxed, but at the same time more energized to create!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, neighbor! Have a fantastic week!!!!

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  21. These are lovely. The glow of the evening light is beautiful. The Walnut Street capture is my favorite. Sadly, when my "real" SLR died, the smaller, more compact replacement has never returned back the types of photos I like to take. Probably just a matter of not spending enough time figuring out how to do the settings. Oh well.......And, I see you found a rare photo of Ted Cruz. :-) Perfect.

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  22. "Oh well.......And, I see you found a rare photo of Ted Cruz. :-) Perfect."

    Bwhahahahahahaha! OMG Lisa, that was hilarious!! And you're spot on....it does look like Ted Cruz!!!!!

    Thank you for your kind words about the photos :) I've been trying to primarily use the manual settings on my camera. It's been a great journey, in which I'm still growing and learning.

    "Sadly, when my "real" SLR died, the smaller, more compact replacement has never returned back the types of photos I like to take. Probably just a matter of not spending enough time figuring out how to do the settings."

    I've always been impressed with your talent for taking pictures. They always look so professional!

    Have great week, my friend. And thanks so much for stopping by!
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  23. You know I hate to be cold, but looking at your golden night-time shots makes me feel warm all over, Ron! Beautiful work. I would love to take a 2 hour after dinner walk with you! XO

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  24. Aw....thank you, my friend :) And yes, I know how you hate to be cold, so I'm glad to hear these pics made you feel warm all over!

    Hopefully one day you'll come to Philly for a visit and we can take a nice long walk. Either that, or when I move back to NYC at the end of the summer, we can meet up there!

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Great to see you. You've been missed.

    Have a fantabulous week!

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  25. You aren't practicing, you are doing it!
    Really nice photos Ron. You have have the photography battle done already. You instinctively KNOW what will look good in a photo before you take it. You have a fantastic eye!

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  26. Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words, Pat :)

    I have always loved pictures, cameras and photography. It's something I've always been interested in learning. I remember my first camera that I got for Christmas when I was a young teen. It was a Swinger Polaroid Camera. I loved that thing!

    Thanks for stopping by, buddy. Hope you're having a fantastic week!

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