Cities are exciting places, each with its own character and its own kind of beauty. Some are beautiful from first sight, others take a little time to reveal themselves. But no matter how they look in the daytime, almost all cities put on a fascinating new face once night falls. Plain-looking streetcorners become theatre sets, warm pools of light spill from busy cafés, grand buildings become illuminated paintings: exploring cities at night can be a magical experience.
Whenever I visit a big city, I spend some time wandering after dark with my camera, capturing the dramatic and beautiful scenes that wait around every corner. And the Viking cruise I took this summer, called Cities of Light, was a great opportunity to do just that, with visits to two of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Paris and Prague, a side trip to Tours and a trip down the storied Rhine River.
Here’s a gallery of some of the night shots I captured on my night-time rambles in these cities. With apologies to Viking, I call it Cities of Light.
And finally, the magic of night combined with the magic of special digital effects.
I hope you enjoyed this moonlit photo trip through the cities of Europe. If you did, it might just inspire you to think about taking night shots yourself when you travel. It’s not that hard: your camera probably has a “night landscape” mode, or something like it. Let it do the work. And if not, just let the scene inspire you — but hold the camera still.