Edinburgh Cityscape from Calton Hill – At Night
This photo was taken around 1 hour after the sunset shot I posted earlier in the week.
How to get this type of shot
The period where the sun has set but the afterglow of the day’s light remains and the lights of the city start to turn on is my favorite time to photograph cities. Like eyes on living things, I feel that the lights in the buildings give them life. The key is to find that balance between the light remaining in the sky and of that coming from the city. Usually this means around 20 – 30 minutes after sunset in Southern California, but as I found out, on a summer day this far north in Scotland, it meant around 50 minutes after sunset.
The composition and technique are similar to the sunset shot around an hour earlier. I still had to use a 3-stop graduated ND filter to tone down the light from the sky. An f-stop of f/11 gave me a shutter speed of 25s. Up on the hill it was quite windy, so I waited until there was a lull and also did my best to shield the tripod with my body from the wind.