A Night at the Beach!

It doesn’t take much to get me motivated to doing night photography, so when I saw there was a “Seascapes at Night” program at Fotofusion last week, I signed up in a hurry!  The class was being led by Matt Stock,  one of my favorite night photographers, and a great guy!

Matt gave a presentation on night photography at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre and then we went to Lake Worth beach and pier.  I was looking forward to practicing with the Nikon D850 and hopefully creating some interesting images.  I wanted to photograph both the pier and the ocean as stand alone subjects.  I had never been to that beach before, so I did not know what to expect.

There was a restaurant on the beginning of the pier, which provided a lot of artificial illumination on the pier and the beach below. We were fortunate enough to have some clouds in the sky. In South Florida, I have noticed there is so much light pollution that the clouds are usually well lit in the night sky, even with no moon.  I was surprised to see how much of the light extended over the ocean, illuminating those clouds as well.

I started out working on the pier, trying to make exposures that did not include the closest bright light from the restaurant. That made compositions a bit trickier, but I did manage to take several nice images.



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_WAL1333.jpg20 Sec; f/7.1; ISO 250; 58mm

While I was photographing the pier, the rest of the group headed up the beach towards the Friday night bonfire, so when I was done I walked that direction.  I really didn’t find the bonfire that interesting but I noticed some palms up on the walkway, that were lit with the nice sky behind, that interested me.

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After that I decided to concentrate on seascapes devoid of any manmade objects. I wanted to accentuate the movement of the clouds, so I made these exposures longer. Here are a few of my results.

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_WAL1368.jpg40 sec; f/6.3; ISO 400; 24mm


While I was walking back to the pier I noticed two young boys playing with a glow in the dark toy.  I asked them if they would throw the toy into the area I was photographing and they were more than happy to help!

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After the boys left I made a few images of the pier from a distance.

_WAL1356.jpg40 sec; f/6.3; ISO 400; 24mm


Back at the pier, I decided to make a few more images before we would be heading home. While photographing I was pleased to see how used to the Nikon I was getting.  It was easy to operate in the dark and my hands knew exactly where to go!

_WAL1377.jpg40 sec; f/6.3; ISO 125; 24mm

_WAL1378.jpg40 sec; f/6.3; ISO 125; 24mm

I couldn’t believe two and half hours had passed and it was time to go back.  What a great night at the beach!