I took this ones a couple of years ago. Night time city light are very difficult to photograph. There is an overall orange colour cast, a mix of different light sources, each with it colour temperature, and pictures can look quite weird initially. I tried here to experiment a bit with white balance adjustments and colour curves and this is the result. From that walk in central London is also this other picture, that somehow, I think it has a bit more natural look.
These days it’s been in the news something about how the orange light in a city like Los Angeles has been an important detail for portraying that city in a huge amount of movies along the years. It seems that they want to change the street lights and that will change completely how night-time photography in that city looks. There is an interesting post here about this.
Some slightly blurred and unfocused pictures I took one night a couple of years ago, while returning home from work here in Cambridge. Using old manual lenses at night is hard. I need to practice more. And I am not yet used to the darkness of this town a night.
And more in areas like Soho. Here lamps are white, instead of tungsten orange, and that helps a bit adjusting the white balance. I tried to do some cross-process colour tests here, inspired by pictures from Jon Siegel. My results are nowhere comparable to those, but I like the light and colour in this picture.
Shops close their doors quite early in UK, compared to Spain.
I remember my first days here, going out after work to see a shopping centre and finding it closed. And nobody on the streets. Weird… One of those nights I saw this store-front. The almost symmetrical display of colourful things grabbed my attention. The processing here was adjusting the black level, to get rid of the surrounding wall of the shop.
These are some of the places you can find in Mill Rd., Cambridge. It is a very multicultural street, you can find food and shops from around the world and some nice coffees to keep you warm in winter. There is also a cemetery close by!