I haven't done a lot of night time photos. The few have been shots while waiting for friends at the airport and a few with the tripod and remote, just to figure out how everything worked together. So, when part of my last assignment was to take several night shots with different settings, I ventured into a sleepy little town at night and snapped a few.
Bad shutter speed, wrong ISO, a little movement because it was hand held. Not what I was hoping for.
Ta-Da! Corrected ISO, better shutter speed, good white balance and I propped the camera on the back of the bench for stability. I think I even used the manual focus, since the AF and dark don't get along too well. So much better. I suppose it's a bit blown out with the lights, but when upped the exposure a little to see the rest of the building, it also made them a bit stronger. Still, I like this one much better. So, taking a few extra seconds to pay attention to all the details - yep worth the effort.
(BTW, slightly cropped and watermark added, but no other edits).
I hope to get more practice as the summer and fall go on. Right now it's a little harder because although I love the night time, I have to be up and at work early. Fall makes it a bit easier to get night and morning pictures in the dark.