Darkness and Light - 21 Images of the City at Night

Darkness and Light – 21 Images of the City at Night


Recently I spent a few days in the marvellous city of New York. It’s a great place for all kinds of photography, but I love doing night shooting there. So this week I thought I’d share some of my shots from my NYC trip and some other people’s night photography work in a city.

My NYC night shots

Shot in and around Times Square.






Some other night photography shots

Nattawut In-yoo

By Nattawut In-yoo

Derek Bruff

By Derek Bruff

Mike Boening Photography

By Mike Boening Photography

Viisoreanu Florin Gabriel

By Viisoreanu Florin Gabriel

Patrick Marioné - Thanks For > 2M

By Patrick Marioné – thanks for > 2M


By sonder3


By leonhe2

Thomas Hawk

By Thomas Hawk

Damon Jah

By damon jah

Michael Muraz

By Michael Muraz

Luc Mercelis

By Luc Mercelis

David Yu

By David Yu


By tommy@chau

Mac Qin

By Mac Qin

Darlene Hildebrandt

By Darlene Hildebrandt

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Darlene Hildebrandt is an educator who teaches aspiring amateurs and hobbyists how to improve their skills through articles on her site Digital Photo Mentor, online photography classes, and travel tours to exotic places like Morocco and India. To help you at whatever level you're at she has two email mini-courses. Sign up for her free beginner OR portrait photography email mini-course here. Or get both, no charge!

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  • Winstons

    My shot (taken hand held) of a damp evening Quayside in Sydney.

  • Peter S

    Thanks for the inspiring pictures. This is one trouble I have when shooting in downtowns or skyscrapers from across the river (like pictures by Nattawut In-yoo and Michael Muraz).. Not all the buildings come in focus, and the lights coming from the building windows often are overcast and it’s very difficult to get the details of the architecture. How do you fix that issue? These photographers don’t seem to run into that problem. What am i doing wrong?

  • drdroad

    Well, look at you Diane, all sliding around the city with your Super Wide. I’m on my last day of 2 weeks in NYC and its raining like crazy!

    Peter, don’t know how to help you, I never have that issue and night photos are probably my favorite. You’re using a tripod and big fstop number, right? The one below was shot for 15s at f16 from Liberty State Park in NJ. Great place to get shots of NJ & NY skylines, Lady Liberty, Ellis Island and more.

  • Jeff Taylor

    Shooting with a smaller aperture of f8-f11 and above will help increase your depth of field. To compensate for the smaller hole you will need a higher ISO or a longer shutter speed…and likely a tripod. My shots at dusk are often 8 seconds long.

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