10:39pm – The moment that I thought I’d try my hand at nighttime street photography as I passed through my hometown. Granted, this is something a little different to the usual kind of photo diaries and posts I share – it’s a handful of shots that I took as we passed people out on the streets enjoying a night out. As they were taken from a moving car, they’re not the best of snaps, but I hope you enjoy them anyway!
It’s worth noting that this post was originally written in 2017 and I recently found the incomplete first draft, so I thought I’d finally finish it off and publish it for you to have a nosy at! Enjoy.
I’m a bit too much of a wuss to tackle street photography on foot, right now. Doing it while passing in the car seemed far less daunting. It was quite fun to capture people queueing up for kebabs, walking between pubs, and finishing their pints, as strange as that sounds? It’s pretty far removed from the other photography disciplines that I’ve tried before, and it required completely changing up the way I use my DSLR to capture those moments while moving at 30mph. Nailing composition was quite difficult, along with mastering focussing distance, and getting ISO and shutter speed right was initially tricky too! It was nice to step out of my comfort zone, though. Sometimes it’s fun to change things up and dabble in something more challenging than you’re used to, isn’t it?
I guess the inspiration for this comes from one of my favourite ever photos. I spotted it years ago in a Street Photography book called Street Photography Now and it stuck in my head. It’s of a drunk man in Cardiff, climbing over a barrier while wearing a dress, fishnet tights, and a pink fluffy cowboy hat. I love the story it tells you about the fun he’s had that night. Even though it’s so blatant, it allows your imagination to run wild about what he’s been up to. (You can see the particular shot that I’m banging on about, taken by the fantastically talented nighttime street photographer, Maciej Dakowicz, here.)