|nnn||The photographic technique of using a
tripod-mounted camera and an open shutter and simply letting the film record
a night time scene is an old one. It's also a good one. I've been dabbling
with it on and off almost as long as I've been photographing trains, although
the arrival of an outstanding CD by the US photographer Mel Patrick in 2005
has encouraged me to pursue the technique a bit more, and in particular to
use lunar lighting.
As a result of that CD, I've been known to leave work early, spend eight hours or so driving to and from a location and thinking my two exposures would be a good night's work! Night photography changes your approach to photography, and certainly changes your expectations. For those photos here that use the moon, an early lesson was that pre-planning and visualisation are a must, which all adds to the potential rewards.