Night photography presents a number of challenges. While the trees are bright enough to get a snapshot with a camera, to get truly high quality pictures I took the steps detailed below. These worked for me in the situation, but they aren’t set rules. Actually I would be interested to know if anyone disagrees or has additional tips.
This is my absolute favorite picture from the entire shoot. The island is called the Vogelinsel or bird island and is a refuge for sea ravens and flamingos. If you enlarge the picture you can see the birds in the trees.
This picture from Winterlichter shows a part of the park that was lit up in bright pastel colors, with illuminated tubes handing down lit from the inside. You could walk through these tubes. It was a magical forest filled with light. The inner child in me took over and I ran through the hanging tubes, pushing them from side to side and watching how the movement changed the light. The scene reminds me of something I would dream.
The night I chose to spend in the park taking photos was Fasching Dienstag – fat Tuesday. The weather was cold and damp – I couldn’t feel my fingers after the first 10 minutes – and there was a slight breeze. Most people were celebrating at a festival in the town center, so park was nearly empty. A few schoolchildren were leaving as I entered.
As winter draws to a close and spring begins, I am sharing a series of pictures that I took a at the Winterlichter exhibit at Mannheim Luisenpark in February. This is the second year I visited and enjoyed the lights very much. Again this year, I went twice. Once to enjoy the lights as a social event, and a second time with my camera and tripod to try and capture the magic.