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"...I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night."

Hey! Now we're talking! Out and about in town, in the night! Last week's challenge was to take photos in the dark. And as usual it was a busy week. I found myself out in an alley late on Saturday night in the rain. No fun you may be thinking...wrong! You know it's all in your attitude. You can have fun no matter where you or your circumstances. I took it as an opportunity to hang out with the hubs. So yeah, it was fun!

I decided that I wanted to take photos of the courthouse in the dark. I see a lot of courthouse photos during the day, but not so much at night. So we parked on the square in downtown Noblesville and walked toward the dark. Not known as a crime ridden area, the idea of walking toward a dark alley in Noblesville really didn't phase me. And considering the fact that I was accompanied by my six foot one African husband, I wasn't concerned at all. In fact, if someone was in that alley as we came up, we probably scared them. Not the other way around! LOL!

We got set up in the alley and talked about where the settings should be for a night photo. Night photography is very different when your light is significantly less. You obviously need light to see what you're taking a photo of, a strict requirement for photography. But sometimes, taking photos with less light where you can play with shadows and street lights make much more interesting photos. Since the light is limited, you really need the iris open. Think about your own eye and what happens when it is dark. You want to allow as much light as possible. You open your eye as wide as possible. On a camera this is the F-stop. Lower the F-stop as far as your lens will allow to open up the iris of the camera. Another way to allow more light in is to reduce the shutter speed. Now when you do this you will need to use a tripod. The smallest shakes of you hand will cause the photo to turn out blurry. I use my phone as a remote to take a photo so I am not physically touching the camera in any way. The other setting you will need to adjust is your ISO. Raising your ISO will help to allow more light but too high of an ISO makes a photo look grainy. So bring your ISO up, but don't forget to keep your eye on it!

After all the back and forth of what should be set to where, I got to take a few photos! Here are two of my favorites! What do you think?

After getting a few photos and then running to the car for cover from the rain a few times, I decided to take a photo in the other direction...up the alley. This is the photo I decided to post for the challenge last week. My husband was standing there checking his phone (probably the weather) when I took his photo. He thinks it looks like a movie poster. What do you think? Movie poster or no? What name would you give this movie? Comment below!

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