I have long been an admirer of Mike Kukuscka‘s night photography; he specializes in capturing the world after dark, and his work is really just so beautifully orchestrated, that when I heard he was doing a talk at Haldimand Photography Club, I basically signed up immediately.

Sarah went along with me, and afterwards said, “We should go out shooting this weekend”. So, last night we went to James N. Allan Park and set up along the beach as a storm was rolling across the sky. It’s a little eerie being entirely alone on a dark beach and I was glad we opted for this open expanse rather than Rock Point Provincial Park which is basically a forest, as we had first discussed. Not because anything would happen, but for the creepiness factor. I think I’d have to tackle that in a larger group.

I haven’t mastered the skill of night photography, and I don’t even really have the proper gear, but I created a few things that I don’t mind sharing.

The white flash behind the clouds is lightning. The storm never did hit us, but we were all set to leave when the lightning started and it never came our way. 

Americans, we can see you!

I randomly decided to shoot the darkest part of the sky, where the cloud cover was most dense. This was one of the “out-takes” but I love how abstract looking it turned out, despite being so underexposed.

And more out-takes, just because….

Sarah wanted me to look at something on her camera, 

And she’s painting a tree with light, but it looks like a funny dance. Although she literally was dancing and it was dark, so I had no way to capture it, which she knew and was glad about, I assume, since I would likely post in on social media.