A new year and new challenges, as we tackle night time photography in Swansea Marina, South Wales. Swansea Marina is a beautiful area on the coast of this iconic city. The challenges were greater than ever though, as it was pitch black and I had my camera, tripod and was also video blogging the event. What could have possibly gone wrong?
Evening meets with Great Photography Walks South Wales were a rarity, and usually focus on sunsets, which means, although dark, you can still see what you are doing to some extent. This time it was a night meet, so it was dark! My eyesight is terrible in low light, and I didn’t have a torch with me, but did use my phone’s light when needed. On top of that, juggling a tripod (which I rarely use) and remembering to video all made it a huge challenge.
I always knew that the Fujifilm X-T3 was great in low light, and combined with the XF18-135mm, it was a killer combination. However, I was not sure how the Google Pixel 6 that I was using to video the event was going to handle things. Thankfully, in all but the very darkest situations, it gave reasonable results. Of course, night time photography is not something I do on a regular basis, so I apologise for the slight degradation of video clips at times in my latest vlog.
Please watch this, subscribe to the YouTube channel, LIKE the video (most important) and of course come back weekly. The photos from the video are below.
All these photos are edited jpegs, using Photoscape X Pro to just straighten the images.
I think we can all agree, taking photos in the night is very different, and gives very different results to images taken in the daytime. It’s a colourful, vibrant landscape, that is just so mesmerising compared to the daytime.
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I am a semi-professional photographer who runs a weekly meeting photography group as well as numerous Facebook groups (Great Photography Walks South Wales and Fujifilm Lovers Worldwide Group). I also have a brand-new blog website dedicated to various other things which I like to call The Ramblings Of A Welshman. I hope you can join me there; you might find it interesting! You’ll find my YouTube Channel Here!
3 thoughts on “Swansea Marina Night Time Photography”
Great video and I think educational for many.
I sometimes read from other photographers that they lack inspiration, and don’t know what to shoot – but this video shows that sometimes we pass views without realizing that they could be potentially top shots.
Keep up the good work!
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Thank you Marc. Night photography is so challenging, especially juggling between video and stills and with a tripod!
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