Wandering round the countryside after dark can lead to just as many photographs as during the daytime. It’s a necessity to have a tripod with you and to take long exposures of everything you wish to photograph, but the same landscapes that are there during the day are just as present at nighttime.
This particular shot only works because of the time of day (or night). It was shot in the middle of Summer at 3.30am. The lighter blue in the top of the picture is from the approaching sunrise, just as twilight begins. The orange glow in the bottom right on the other hand, is from the streetlights of a nearby town, several miles away.
I remember this as a particularly difficult shot to take. I had to fully extend the tripod (over 6 feet!) before precariously balancing it on a bench so the camera could see over the tall vegetation right in the foreground. It was also a very windy night, so I had to hold onto the tripod during the 30 second exposure to prevent it toppling over, and hoping I wasn’t causing blur. I also had to compose by trial and error, as the eyepiece was at least 8 feet off the ground and my camera doesn’t have live view. Considering all that, I think it turned out pretty well!
by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com