As a photographer one important thing I've come to learn is that when equipment is convenient to use there is a higher likelihood I will use it. It's all relative and things have to be practical to the job at hand. I have lots of cool gadgets but if they are hard to set up or difficult to carry I am less likely to use them. It's about work-flow.
The same goes for location shooting. The best locations, the ones you will most likely use and rely on are usually easy to get to and convenient. For sure exotic locations are fabulous but for repeated visits a drive of an hour or less is a bonus.
With this in mind it's not surprising that my top 5 places for night photography in the St John's area are not far from where I live, here they are .............
What a location. The most easterly point in Canada and as you look east you can see nothing but open ocean, the only light pollution will be from aircraft and ships if they are in the area. If you look north you will see St John's, the light from the city will cloud the night sky. With this in mind, one way to control this “ambient” light is through image stacking as I did with “Heavens Gate at Cape Spear”.
|Heavens Gate at Cape Spear|
It's a challenge to do any night photography here because of the glow of the city lights, traffic etc. However you can use the lighting from moving traffic to enhance your images.
|Riding the Light at Cabot Tower Drive|
Bidgoods Park in Goulds
This must be a surprise but it's a great location for night photography. The only part of the sky with any light pollution is unfortunately the north sky but the view is quite good east, west and south.
|Journey to Jupiter|
The Harbour Front
There are many great areas to take night photos around our small harbour. You can photograph the Battery from across the narrows or the city from the southside as I did here.
|Kruzenshtern at St John's Newfoundland|
This image was taken on a section of the East Coast Trail in the community of Flatrock just minutes from St John's. If you want to find one of the best places in the world to photograph the night sky then the East Coast Trail is an idea location, of course the more remote the better.
|Twilight at Flatrock Falls|
I know there are many more, I guess I got to get out more :-) Do you have a favorite place for night photography?