City Lights and City Nights

by Tim Rogers June. 22, 2018 1680 views

Since 2011 I’ve spent about 3 1/2 years out of Australia. Very little of it has been travel for the sake of travel. But I’ve been able to sneak in some R&R on my work journeys across Europe, Asia, South America, South Africa & the Pacific. Those visits invariably involve evening journeys and my camera. They nearly always end up shooting across city lights, across water or a combination. I love the anonymity of night photography in a city. I do it alone but I don’t feel lonely. It’s a connection I feel whilst I’m doing it. I’ve never quite got it right either, so I’m always learning and trying to get it right.

Every single city has a certain magic about it. I don’t think I’ve visited a city where I didn’t walk away impressed in some way. In the case of one city (Glasgow) I drove away fairly sure I’d miss something and maybe I should give it a second chance. If a city grabs me I have invariably headed back. Sometimes it’s been because of work, sometimes I just felt a call to go back and get just a little more.

Places like Paris & Amsterdam will never give up all its visual splendour. Cities like Auckland have surprised me. Cities like Tbilisi were a little harder to navigate but something there made me say “oh my”. The list is long but I hope it never has an end.

My plan for the next few years is to stay close to home, exploring the outback and the beauty of a place like New Zealand a little more. But at some point I’ll end up in a foreign city as the sun goes down, grabbing city lights and enjoying city nights.

So here’s my favourites from those evenings abroad. I’ve left Australian cities for another time. All these places captured a little my heart. Which one day I’ll go back and visit. It was hard to trim tim down to just these 5 with all the amazing places out there.

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Camellia Staab 2 years, 11 months ago

Whenever I look at your night shots I get so jealous. You have the most beautiful shots. The colors ,the shapes, the sharpness and clarity, just gorgeous!

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Marilyn Grimble 2 years, 11 months ago

Incredible lighting, but somehow synthetic.
Our worldly surroundings are changing and I find it hard, at my age, to joyfully accept beauty therein. No criticism of your fine photography, it's the psychedelic taint of commercialism I find does nothing to enhance beauty. I hope you understand my viewpoint. Mxx

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Basiek Basiek 2 years, 11 months ago

WOW!! I love the city lights!

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Tim Rogers Replied to Basiek Basiek 2 years, 11 months ago

Thanks

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Antonio Gil 2 years, 11 months ago

Amazing work throughout Tim. The Eiffel Tower image is breathtaking. Great work my friend

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Tim Rogers Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 11 months ago

Thanks. Despite living there for a year and going back twice since. I still want to photos graph the Eiffel Tower

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Camellia Staab 2 years, 11 months ago

Beautiful especially the last one. Something about lights and camera, they bring the best out of each other and you have definitely captured the best.

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Tim Rogers Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years, 11 months ago

It was hard to pick my favourites.

Thanks for your kind words

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Jay Boggess 2 years, 11 months ago

Wonderful series! I love the way you see things and the generosity with your time, so as to share, not only the lovely images, but your thoughtful, heart-felt musings, as well.....Thank You!
Rock On!!!

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Tim Rogers Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 11 months ago

Thanks Jay. A teacher friend challenged me to develop the story behind a photos as well as work on the photos themselves.

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Jay Boggess Replied to Tim Rogers 2 years, 11 months ago

You do a great job! You have a very nice way with words and excellent taste in imagery!

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Tim Rogers Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 11 months ago

Thanks. Like every person on here, I would like to get better though 😀

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Jay Boggess Replied to Tim Rogers 2 years, 11 months ago

Agreed! As relatively new with the hobby, there are still tons of things upon which I can improve, for sure!
But, I like to learn, so I look forward to new challenges & revelations, every day!

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