Aby-a-Day – July 2: Jake likes the night life

I just love walking with Jacoby at dusk and just after sunset on summer evenings. There’s something about being outside with a cat at night that just feels so primeval.

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So it’s all the more strange that technology would put a damper on the experience. If I try to capture the moment using the flash, the colours come out different than the way they looked to Jake and me while we were actually there (and I can’t get a photo of his face unless I want to live with flashlight eyes).

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Shooting with available light doesn’t look quite right, either, although it captures the mood more accurately. There’s also the problem of shutter speed, and if Jake or I move in the slightest, the image will be blurred.

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And even with all the colour-correcting prowess of Photoshop, the colour never does look just right.

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So it is some frustration that I admit that, for night photography, my iPhone 4 kind of kicks my Nikon’s megapixels.