On our moonlight walk last night, I also spent some time shooting what could be called “classic” scenes from the Chattanooga waterfront. I call them this because you can find similar shots hanging in just about any restaurant, office, gallery, or photographer’s booth at a holiday market. It seems we are all attracted to the waterfront, particularly at night.
I discover several problems with shooting in the dark:
- I can’t see what’s in the frame and what’s out until after I shoot and review the shot.
- With a very dark foreground, it’s impossible to get autofocus to work in the part of the shot I want to focus in to get the greatest depth of field.
- I cannot see well enough in dim light to focus manually.
- Focusing on spots of light reflected in moving water is next to impossible.
- The magnifying loop is a life saver.
That said, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I am grateful, too:
- I have this fabulous view within a 5 minutes walk
- It’s warm enough to be out shooting in November without having to wear a parka
- I have a supportive and patient husband who’s willing to walk the park with me while I shoot at 9:00PM at night
- I am able to make time for my hobby
- I have made life choices that freed up money for photography and other things I enoy
- The aquarium lights are on.
Perhaps I will have a more philosophical list tomorrow. For now, It’s late, I’m tired, and what I’m most grateful for at the moment is having a comfortable bed waiting for me.