August 2, 2012 by Rob Hurlbut
Imperial Beach At Night
One of the best things about photography is the way night affects photons as they crash into our film and sensors. I like what night does to me as I think about my shots and how light is scrounged from every available source. In the same way that our eyes take a second or two to adjust to a low light situation, our cameras need extra time as well, in the form of long shutter speed, forcing our hands to remain extra steady to preserve the focus of the nighttime realm.
Last night a friend and I went on a midnight stroll. Food was what we were actually strolling for but it was the outright beauty of the night that turned out to be some rather delicious gravy. The moon was damn near full, the temperature was in the low 70’s and there was zero humidity. I live in San Diego, Cali-fuckin-fornia! The scattered midnight clouds you see above had probably been there since noon, doing there their god given jobs well; look pretty and keep San Diego cool.
Imperial Beach is my actual town. It’s the most southwestern city in the continental United States. It’s a great place to live and the weather here is the best in all of San Diego. It is quintessentially awesome and it is basically the edge of the American dream. Just felt like sharing that. Cheers!