Practicing Photography: Doing Night Shots - Tbilisi By Night

Tonight was one, a really great evening, it was the first time I started to understand how ISO actually works. I took my DSLR camera, a tripod and a friend of mine and we headed to Zaarbrucken Square (Dry Bridge) in Tbilisi.

At start I was planing to make some photos at Rose Garden (I actually did) but latter, when post-processed, I understood  they don't look so interesting as images attached bellow.

Sameba Cathedral in Tbilisi by night

Sameba Cathedral in Tbilisi by night

This is a pretty interesting picture, I got using a 30 second exposure, a tripod and kit 18-55 mm lenses. I believe from this vantage point it would be lovely to attach some other lenses as well. I enjoy two things in above picture - the traffic lights and mirroring effect on the water

Deda Ena park in Tbilisi

Deda Ena park in Tbilisi

Now this picture is done using ISO 100

Deda Ena park in Tbilisi

Deda Ena park in Tbilisi

At this point I started to experiment with ISO settings, the ISO in above image is 1600, but since I had no clue which ISO should I set here, I did it on Auto mode. Should I mention that with naked eye it was impossible to see any monument here at all. Just amazing how you can fine tune your images using a simple trick with higher ISO settings.

River Mtkvari embankment in Tbilisi

River Mtkvari embankment in Tbilisi

Now, higher ISO settings can not only give a better view, but it gives a noise to photos as well. By the way the boxes you can see in above image is used to sell a new and used books (by the day obliviously)

Tbilisi by night

Tbilisi by night

30 seconds exposure and lovely traffic light effect. Awesome!

I'm glad full I spent a couple of hours this evening so I had a chance to practice ISO, and to make some decent night photo.

The Bottom Line: 

Night photography is fun - traffic lights, shadows, mirroring surfaces. Grab your camera and give it a try.

About Reinis Fischer

Reinis Fischer is a Drupal Developer who works and lives in Tbilisi. A programmer by day and a writer by night. Or Vice Verse. Covers topics on Travel, Restaurant Reviews, Finances, Blogging e.t.c. Loves DIY and recently is excelling as a main constructor in his latest project - home remodeling.
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