|*We Own The Light*, Courtesy of Night Collective|
Yes indeed, that was my first time out with the Night Collective team of photographers. They gather every now and then and spend the night somewhere for the sake of night photography. The wonderful part is wherever they go, their outcome is always fascinating. Having been constantly watching their trips, they surely raised the bar of night photography, well, to me at least.
|"Night collective convoy", courtesy of Alain Khoury|
I threw my Tripod in the back of Rami's car and wore my jacket knowing how cold it would be when we drop off, especially with having a flowing river as your evening's companion.
|Tarek Interviewing Antoine, Courtesy of Joseph Saadeh|
|"The night scavenger", courtesy of Natheer Halawani|
I was so glad to have been with these people. Meeting NC was the highlight of my week, something that I desperately needed. I personally learned so much that night. I now know what gear to bring next time I go to a night photography excursion. The basic essentials are a tripod (obviously), a laser light to help the camera focus, a headlight to be able to see, and a heavy-duty flashlight for light painting. A wide angle lens is a must, unless all you want to photograph was the flow of the river or a few night portraits.
An enormous shout-out goes out for the organizers, among which I remember Karim Bou Karim and Gaby Nehme. Being an organizer myself, I know how hectic it is to bring together this amount of people, choose a location (and most probably visiting it at least once a few days before), offering help and sacrificing their time for the sake of reaching out for those who need a hand. That was a gigantic effort being put there, and they really deserve the thank yous.