Light of Night

There’s a device called a color meter that some of my peers used to carry.

As you might imagine, it measures color. Or in photography-speak, it measures the “temperature” of light.

Daylight is “cooler” like a blue sky. Night lights are traditionally “warmer” though not as much now since incandescent lights have become extinct.

Florescent lights or sodium vapor lights are much more of a riddle or like the mystery of gray meat under gravy.

I never owned a color meter because the nature of my work is to embrace what exists in front of the camera. Sometimes “imperfect” light can end up being beneficial by elevating the ordinary.

The ultimate implementation of mixed light is shooting outdoors at night in Manhattan. This session took place near Times Square, where night turns to day.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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