Lisbon Night Scenes

by Benny Law May. 14, 2021 245 views

Following my previous post Nightfall in Lisbon, here are some more photos from my evening photo walk in that charming city. I was using a Sigma 30 mm f2.8 prime lens on my Sony α6000 which I had bought not long before the trip. I was still trying it out and getting acquainted with it during the trip. It wasn't the ideal focal length to work with in that environment where I often found myself in narrow alleys and tight spaces, but it did allow me to shoot without a tripod. Looking back, it was one of the most enjoyable photo walks I have ever had.

All photos were captured as JPEG and touched up with Affinity Photo.

Twilight in Lisbon. This is the hilly part of the city, and the architecture is quite photogenic. When I was cleaning up the image in Affinity Photo, I was wrestling with the issue of banding in the sky. After denoising, bands started to appear. This always happens to skies with a subtle gradient.

Twilight in Lisbon. This is the hilly part of the city, and the architecture is quite photogenic. When I was cleaning up the image in Affinity Photo, I was wrestling with the issue of banding in the sky. After denoising, bands started to appear. This always happens to skies with a subtle gradient.

As I was lingering at this location and it got progressively darker, the lights illuminating the twin towers at the top were switched on, and I just had to take another shot. Do you like this one better or the earlier one?

As I was lingering at this location and it got progressively darker, the lights illuminating the twin towers at the top were switched on, and I just had to take another shot. Do you like this one better or the earlier one?

Public squares like this one are a common sight in some parts of Lisbon. The mosaic tiles on the ground really complement the cobble stones on the surrounding streets. There is one small thing in this photo that kind of bothers me — the burnt out bulb in one of the lights in the square.

Public squares like this one are a common sight in some parts of Lisbon. The mosaic tiles on the ground really complement the cobble stones on the surrounding streets. There is one small thing in this photo that kind of bothers me — the burnt out bulb in one of the lights in the square.

We are finally getting close to the end of my Lisbon series, but there are still a few more photos I can share. In the next post, I will share some "Time Out" photos. Stay tuned to find out what that means. 😉

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David Robertson 1 week, 6 days ago

Great set of shots Benny.  Wonderful light.  I need to get back there one of these days.

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Benny Law Replied to David Robertson 1 week, 6 days ago

Thank you, David. I look forward to being able to travel again. I hope you get your wish soon.

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Piotr Buraczewski 2 weeks, 2 days ago

Hi Benny, Lovely pics, so well balanced architectural harmony. I believe this is Lisbon rebuilt after the big fire...

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Benny Law Replied to Piotr Buraczewski 2 weeks, 1 day ago

Thanks, Piotr. I don't know about the history of Lisbon. The big fire sounds like a pretty catastrophic event.

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Marilyn Grimble 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Beautiful evening photography - hope to there again in September...

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Benny Law Replied to Marilyn Grimble 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Thank you, Marilyn. I hope by September, the pandemic will be behind us and you can make your trip.

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Andrew Buchanan 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Hi Benny,

I remember commenting on lovely evening light shots in the past - I'll get round to revisiting these in the future. These images are a lovely quality and a wide range of lighting conditions is captured perfectly. The first two images really do bring home the beauty of twilight lighting and mood. The public square is beautifully lit and captured at 1/60s and that allows for a tiny hint of movement of passers by whilst at the same time freeze those who are chatting. Away from the foreground figures and near to the  first right-hand lamp-standard there is a group three semi-silhouetted figures that add great interest to the image. Nice sense of depth - the kind of image that, the more you look at it - the more you see.

Very nice set - thanks for sharing - keep up the good work!

Cheers,

Andrew

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Benny Law Replied to Andrew Buchanan 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Andrew, thank you so much for your in-depth commentary and encouraging words. To me, good photography sometimes involves some luck in the sense of being at the right place at the right time. I was just roaming aimlessly since I didn't know the city, and happened upon a nice looking scene at twilight which didn't last long. The powerful image editing software (Affinity Photo) also enabled me to make the photos look their best after the fact.

Thanks again for taking the time to visit and comment.

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Andrew Buchanan Replied to Benny Law 3 weeks, 4 days ago

My Pleasure!

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Camellia Staab 4 weeks ago

I actually like both #1 and #2 each of them while still almost the same photo have their own distinct quality. They draw one's eyes to different parts of the photo. I love night photography (I believe I've said that before) because the lights usually bring out beauty that is not visible during the day. In #3 there is so much to look at each corner of the photos has its own story. All together a very nice set of photos.

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Benny Law Replied to Camellia Staab 4 weeks ago

Thanks, Camellia. I don't really have a preference for night photography (or any type of photography for that matter), but sometimes I end up doing it because that's when I have more free time when I am on business trips. I just like capturing images whenever there is an opportunity.

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L² Foster-Stuart 4 weeks ago

Hello Benny, it was a treat to see your night photos and we most especially enjoyed the story within #3. The entire square seems active with people either engaging in conversation or on the go. However, there is a person on the bench to left of the burned-out light who is anything but active. The head is bowed, and they look as exhausted as the burnt-out lamp. Again, all your night scenes are lovely!

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Benny Law Replied to L² Foster-Stuart 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your nice comments. I'm glad you enjoyed these photos. You seem to be a really observant person with the eyes of a hawk! 😃

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Tsao T-F 1 month ago

Love #3. There are good balances between people and buildings, and light and dark. In the real world, nothing is perfect. So I think the burnt out bulb should not bother you, because you have taken the picture very well.

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Benny Law Replied to Tsao T-F 1 month ago

Thank you, T-F. I know the world is far from perfect (including us), but somehow, my eyes easily pick up the imperfections around me, and that's why I see more problems than the average person does. It's both a blessing and a curse, depending on the circumstances.

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Tsao T-F Replied to Benny Law 1 month ago

grinning

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Berckmans Peter 1 month ago

Nice nightshots

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Benny Law Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 month ago

Thanks, Peter.

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Thomas Thompson 1 month ago

Fantastic captures love the lighting

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Benny Law Replied to Thomas Thompson 1 month ago

Thank you, Thomas. Enjoy your weekend with Jovi in safety.

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Thomas Thompson Replied to Benny Law 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Thanks Benny we will certainly try, you have a good weekend as well

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Antonio Gil 1 month ago

And you did it again. My city is so well captured by your lens

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Benny Law Replied to Antonio Gil 1 month ago

Thank you, Antonio. Your city is very photogenic and provides lots of opportunities for photographers.

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Björn Roose 1 month ago

Very nice night shots, Benny !

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Benny Law Replied to Björn Roose 1 month ago

Thank you very much, Björn.

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Craig Casterline 1 month ago

These are amazing night photos. What a wonderful place to take photos of.

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Benny Law Replied to Craig Casterline 1 month ago

Thanks, Craig. It really is a wonderful place. I miss the short time when I was there.

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