Sunday, February 6, 2011

Photographing in the Dark

When the power goes out at night everything is in the dark. It can be challenging to photograph something when you can't even see it. And what does the image turn out to be? A black picture? Power outages happen from time to time and you have to work in complete darkness. You can't see what is through your viewfinder. You really don't know where you are focusing or where your composition is. Then when you take the picture, you are trying to get a photo that has the lights off. Photography is all about capturing light, but when the power goes out it becomes about capturing the non-light... if that makes sense.

Homes along Bedford Dr. wait in the dark as PG&E works to restore power that left the east side of town in complete darkness Wednesday, February 2, 2011 in Chico, Calif.
(Jason Halley/Chico Enterprise-Record)

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