March 24, 2013 by JesstheMess
Ever since the arrival of the new camera I have been interested in getting out and trying some night shots around the city. This was one thing my old camera did not do well. Finally on Friday night, with some good friends baby-sitting, Mark and I headed out for dessert together and a bit of experimenting with the camera.
We started off at Neptuno restaurant at St Clair for delicious dessert (Raspberry Brownie), while we waited for dark to descend. Then it was time to don the puffer jacket, as the sea breeze was far from tropical, and pull out the camera.
There was lots of learning to be done and experimenting with different settings. The lower shutter speeds of low light photography require patience, which meant ample time to chat while trying to keep warm.
We then headed to get some shots across the harbour. The wind proved to be the biggest obstacle, with the tripod struggling to stay upright.
The moon was shining bright and the reflections from it together with the city lights were beautiful. The clouds rolling in like a blanket over Mt Cargill adding another layer of interest and reminding us that this is Dunedin.
I had thought to head up Mt Cargill to end the night, but obviously that wasn’t going to work. We settled instead for taking in the city from Signal Hill.
All these lights on the hill suburbs direct my thoughts to Jesus words to his disciples in the book of Matthew.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:14 (ESV)
There is no hiding the city of Dunedin, when the lights are on! Jesus followers were to be a light in the world, like lights shining in the dark places. As the city of Dunedin cannot be hidden at night, so Jesus followers should be visible lights in this dark world. Dunedin’s light might be dependent on having an electricity source, but as Christ’s followers we too are dependent on a source. Our source is Him. When we are connected to Him, by believing in Him, trusting Him and all He has done for us, we are connected to the ultimate source of light in this world. If the Dunedin these photo’s shows cannot be hidden, imagine how glorious the light of Christ’s followers connected to the ultimate source of light.
What a fabulous evening of fun, photography and chatting. There were so many things to photograph, so many city features highlighted by lights, and plenty more to visit next time. Tonight, a timely reminder of my call, along with my brothers and sisters in Christ, to be a light to the world that is connected to the ultimate source of light.
© J.Smith Photography and ‘illuminating the invisible’ (2012-2013).