Balboa Park at Night

DaGoddess @ 07:10

I haven’t done a real night shoot in about twenty-five or thirty years. I was pleased to see that I hadn’t forgotten everything. Well, it didn’t hurt that I’d done some reading beforehand, too. I wanted to be prepared. I hope you like the photos.

The Belltower

Five second exposure, if I recall. (It was actually a one second exposure. Obviously my recollection skills have suffered greatly overnight.)


Ten second exposure for this one.

The Tree

Eleven second exposure. I got decent enough results at five and eight seconds, but I loved having a bit more color and detail with the longer exposure.

San Diego Historical Society Museum

Eight seconds exposure to achieve this. I loved the look of the building and the lights. I had to keep moving a couple inches at a time to get in the right spot. Right after I shot this, I ran into a woman I assumed was with our group (there were over 100 of us so it wasn’t a crazy assumption) who was lamenting not being able to get the shot. I showed her where I stood and how I positioned the tripod and camera and guess what? She got her shot. Turned out she was just visiting from San Francisco and it was pure coincidence that she was down at the park at the same time we were.

The rest of the photos are on Flickr. Please feel free to leave comments here and there, especially on those images where I’ve posted two versions of the same shot (color and B&W, color & sorta B&W). I thrive on feedback. And I’m a bit of an attention whore right now. Needy needy needy. That’s me.


  1. I wish I was a wordsmith because it is sho hard for me to come up with the appropriate words to describe these photos. I will simply say they are stunning. I believe that true art leaves the viewer moved and lady these photos move me.

    Comment by Renee aka Mekhismom — 2009/01/25 @ 09:04

  2. Why, thank you, Renee!

    Someday you will come visit San Diego and I’ll show you around town. We’ll have fun. And you can see for yourself how truly blessed we are here.

    Comment by DaGoddess — 2009/01/25 @ 09:34

  3. Beautiful!!! My favorite is the last picture. Yowza!

    Comment by Pam — 2009/01/25 @ 11:09

  4. Those are all great…but I especially like the tree. It just calls to me.

    Comment by Mrs. Who — 2009/01/25 @ 11:42

  5. I understand and appreciate your whoreness. I’ve left my comments all over your yard.

    Comment by Temple Stark — 2009/01/25 @ 19:15

  6. The top one is my favorite, but I can’t decide which version of it I like the best. The b&w version of it that you have up on flickr has such a great vintage feel to it…kind of like an old movie still. Great work!

    Comment by DogsDontPurr — 2009/01/25 @ 19:33

  7. Y’all are the best! Glad you like these. Definitely won’t be the last night shoot for me. In fact, I dare say this just unleashed the beast.

    Comment by DaGoddess — 2009/01/26 @ 00:37

  8. Balboa Park is one place i really miss about San Diego. I used to LOVE to go to Old Town and eat at Casa de Bandini!!! Yummmmmmm :may:

    Comment by vodkamom — 2009/01/26 @ 15:24

  9. I’ve already left some comments on Flicker for your needy highness. LOL I want to do some night shots and bracket them so I can combine shots for interesting effects.

    Comment by GW — 2009/01/26 @ 15:38

  10. Kaknockers, c’mon back! We can paint the town…anything but red. I’m so sick of red right now.

    Kimberley, I only bracketed a few. And only merged two. In the long run, it’s more work than this girl needs to do. EXCEPT when it’s to eliminate those glaring spots and to get those awesome blue skies you can get at night.

    Comment by DaGoddess — 2009/01/26 @ 18:05

  11. P.S. Thank you for the comments. :D

    Comment by DaGoddess — 2009/01/26 @ 18:06

  12. They’re all gorgeous. I went to your Flickr account and the fountain is great. The sky over the city lights shot is amazing. Clapping!

    Comment by Chris — 2009/01/26 @ 20:50

  13. Wow, they are beautiful. I love the first one especially.

    Comment by tinsenpup — 2009/01/27 @ 04:01

  14. Thanks so much! Expect to see more like this in the future. I’m hooked.

    Comment by DaGoddess — 2009/01/27 @ 04:13

  15. Yes, what Renee said. And Pam, and Chris, and Tinsen.

    And everyone who thinks your photos are fabulous!

    Cuz I do too.

    Comment by San Diego Momma — 2009/01/27 @ 05:22

  16. Nice batch of shots there! Very cool, very emotive images!

    Comment by Stu — 2009/01/27 @ 10:19

  17. Y’all rock! Thank you so much. Just you wait — I’ll be sending postcards to everyone with my images before you can count to infinity. :rofl:

    Comment by DaGoddess — 2009/01/28 @ 03:27

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