During the last minutes of 2010 January I took this photo. 2010 01 31 11:55:42 PM to be exact. And this is one of the first best of my photos, just as I started to get used to dslr, having it a little bit more than for one month. I can still remember that late evening. I was about to go to bed, walked to window and took a final peek to the outside through curtains and was quite astonished by this thick fog, so thick that the visibility was 10 meters at most. I hesitated for some time, but then decided to go out. It felt really magical to not be able to see anything further away, the sounds also were somehow strange. There was no sign of living creature, just street lamps and also small moon at the top. Luckily some cars passed by so I was able to photograph lamp traces and make this hazy photograph. As soon as clocks passed midnight, the fog evaporated in minutes.
I’ve been looking for a night photography for a long time, but since I sold my kit lens 18-55, I wasn’t able to take wide photos or even focus at dark with nifty fifty as its narrow viewing angle and a lack of focus distance screen completely prevented taking night photographs. Another hard thing is weather – its really rare for a clear sky at night in this winter. Either its cloudy or its not a weekend, because I don’t want to interrupt my work day sleeping hours. This time temperatures went down and skies cleared out, so we decided to go to nearby hills and try our chances. Everything was good, and the forest air wasn’t cold at all. The only one drawback was moon. It was so bright that its light covered smaller stars. I wasn’t able to get even a tiny glimpse of Milky way in long exposure photos, just this kind of city view. Also we realized that even if we are high enough on the hills the city was too close – it also emitted large amounts of light. So our next task is to wait for clear moonless sky and maybe go further away from city.