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Images in dim light

A couple of years ago, when summer started I decided to go out for a stroll with my camera after I finished work. After running around the city center shooting buildings, like I usually do, I landed in the central square a took a break near a fountain. It was already dawn. I noticed children playing around the fountain and decided to shoot some pictures with long shutter speed as the dim light was perfect for that. I switched my WB to Tungsten light, to get a nice blue sky, got a good shooting angle and started to press the button.

The result:

I went home, downloaded my "prey" to lightroom and shortly afterwards the picture was online on dreamstime. It didnt take to much time and the first sale came along, and then the second and the third one and so on. At the moment it's the most downloaded picture from my portofolio.

Afterwards I did some research in the portofolio of succesful contributors here on dreamstime and noticed that urban scenes in dim light with cool red and white lightlines made by passing cars, moving people and a dark blue sky are actually quite the hit. Aaaaand, big plus for me and probably other employed people, you cand go out and shoot afterhours. A city always gives you such scenes and you always discover new perspectives and good shooting spots. That's how I got to shoot the following images:

And besides, if your looking to shoot urban scenes and escape people walking into your pictures, for which you will have to provide MR in order to sell your shots as RF, well, the long shutter speed will help your camera not catch them in your pictures.

Also, a nice walk at dawn is good for one's health.

Good luck,


Photo credits: Alexsleepy.

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October 07, 2012


Alexandra, they are beautiful shots!! I agree that the lighting is just awesome and really shows off the reflections and sky.

October 04, 2012


Really amazing pictures! Thanks for sharing!

October 04, 2012


Thanks everybody!

October 04, 2012


Amazing images, congratulations!

October 04, 2012


Brilliant pics!! Well done

October 03, 2012


Thanks for sharing!

October 03, 2012


Great images and interesting blog-thank you

October 03, 2012


beautiful images!I wish to live in a similar city

October 03, 2012


Nice pictures

October 03, 2012


Your images a re amazing, congratulations.

October 03, 2012


Lovely images...makes me want to go out NOW!!!...but have work to do:-)

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