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Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime

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“Night time is really the best time to work. All the ideas are there to be yours because everyone else is asleep.”  Catherine O’Hara

Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime - in NYC

Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime – in NYC/ Midtown Manhattan

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime - in NYC/Rockefeller Center

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime – in NYC/Rockefeller Center

Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime - in NYC

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime – in NYC/Midtown Manhattan

O wild and wondrous midnight,
There is a might in thee
To make the charmed body
Almost like spirit be,
And give it some faint glimpses
Of immortality.
~James Russell Lowell, Midnight

In every city in the world, night time is magical. Every thing glows…  I love Catherine’s quote because  I do my best work at night. I love the stillness and the way everything that could be a distraction fades away.  At night, I’m in my element; alert and ready to explore the creative realm. Day time has its charm but the night is for those souls who thrive while  everyone else  is ready to settle in for the night and sleep.  I give you NYC during the November/December holiday season… Enjoy!

“I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.”  Vincent Van Gogh

Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime - in NY Supermoon 2014

Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime – in NY Supermoon 2014

Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime - in NYC/Harlem

Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime – in NYC/ Harlem

Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime - in NYC

Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime – in NYC/ Radio City Hall

When the moon, after covering herself with darkness as in sorrow,
at last throws off the garments of her widowhood,
she does not at once expose herself impudently to the public gaze;
but for a time remains veiled in a transparent cloud,
till she gradually acquires courage to endure
the looks and admiration of beholders.
by Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare

What we miss in the day time, shines at night. That is why when I travel, I always take night time shots.  The moon holds sway at night and, like a demanding diva, spreads her wings and shines with confidence. This year, we had a couple of Super-moons and I waited patiently to capture them. What is night without the moon? What is night without the glittering stars or night time holiday lights?
More below!

“Nothing like a nighttime stroll to give you ideas.” J.K. Rowling

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime - in NY Supermoon 2014

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime – in NY One Supermoon 2014

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime - in NYC/Bryant Park

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime – in NYC/Bryant Park

Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime

Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime -in NYC/Rockefeller Center

Some praise the Lord for Light,
The living spark;
I thank God for the Night
The healing dark.
~Robert William Service

During the holidays, in major cities around the world, we often see extraordinary light shows. In NYC, the stores compete to outdo each other with their window displays. Rockefeller Center draws the home crowds, and tourists alike, to her bosom to see the giant Christmas tree and everything lit up. I always venture out to look and enjoy.  There is a certain spiritual touch to it all and we feel a closeness to our faith/beliefs.  Each year seems different even though the idea rarely changes… It’s that electric energy that comes with night time and extreme lighting. What about you? Is your city lit up during the holiday season? What are your experiences of night time?

This post was inspired by a Daily Post Prompt: Weekly Photo Challenge: Night Time For this week’s challenge, What nocturnal photos do you like taking? Whether it’s a starry sky, a street lamp, or the shadows cast by your cat, share them with us. Your shot can be outdoors or indoors, blurry or crisp, overexposed or ominously dark. As every owl (and night owl) knows, nighttime is when the real action starts.

Positive Motivation Tip: Nighttime holds its share of secrets and joys. What you choose to do is up to you… Keep it joyful!

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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos: from my Personal Collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

69 Comments leave one →
  1. 28/09/2014 6:37 pm

    I’m not a fan of the night or the dark, but you made it look so pretty. 🙂

  2. 28/09/2014 9:13 pm

    some brilliant nighttime moments. i have heard that Christmas decorations there are like none other elsewhere. thanks for sharing some of NYC’s winter beauty.

  3. 28/09/2014 10:04 pm

    Fantastic night time photos, so alive!

  4. 29/09/2014 3:24 am

    Thanks Barb! It was good to visit with you and your crew again… Love the new layout. 🙂

  5. 29/09/2014 5:34 am

    NYC at night is a perfect subject for the challenge 🙂

  6. 29/09/2014 7:50 am

    An excellent selection of photos – and an early reminder that Christmas is just around the corner 😉

  7. 29/09/2014 10:59 am

    Very pretty night time pics, Elizz. 🙂

  8. 29/09/2014 1:43 pm

    I love Christmas in NYC, no other place to be. I love night time photos, but mine never come out to good 🙁

  9. Fran permalink
    29/09/2014 2:09 pm

    Stunning photos!!! Thank you for sharing!

  10. lilce permalink
    29/09/2014 2:12 pm

    Love going out and taking pics anytime of day but lovely post 🙂 and the quotes are great

  11. Masshole Mommy permalink
    29/09/2014 2:49 pm

    Great images here! I love all those different shots of the Moon.

  12. Simply At Home Mom permalink
    29/09/2014 3:36 pm

    These are lovely photos! I love Christmas lights at night!

  13. 29/09/2014 3:41 pm

    What beautiful pictures!
    I really need to her it and take more photos with a camera and not just my iPhone! I love nighttime pictures:)
    So beautiful!

  14. 29/09/2014 3:42 pm

    Beautiful photos!
    I love taking night shots and there are so many neat things you just can’t capture the same way during the day.

  15. loisaltermark permalink
    29/09/2014 3:55 pm

    Love the photos and the quotes! Nights can be magical!

  16. 29/09/2014 4:15 pm

    there is nothing better than christmas in nyc!

  17. 29/09/2014 5:18 pm

    What fantastic night photos! It looks so pretty!

  18. bellanna3 permalink
    29/09/2014 5:27 pm

    You’ve got some gorgeous photos! Nightime shots are always hardest for me to capture. I love your Supermoon 2014 photo!

  19. 29/09/2014 5:35 pm

    Very nice, you can not beat Rockefeller Center this time of the year!

  20. Nicole permalink
    29/09/2014 5:40 pm

    What stunning photo’s. Love the brightness and crispness!

  21. 29/09/2014 5:42 pm

    I love the quotes and photos! I definitely do some of my best work at night!

  22. 29/09/2014 5:57 pm

    You give us a grand nighttime series, Eliz! Thank you so much! 🙂

  23. 29/09/2014 6:05 pm

    I was in NYC around Christmastime. First time after 30 years here. And you are so right, NYC is magical at night.

  24. 29/09/2014 6:33 pm

    These are really cool Eliz! 🙂

  25. 29/09/2014 7:25 pm

    Sweet photos. I think they capture the mystery of the night so well

  26. 29/09/2014 7:44 pm

    What a great selection of photos! The photos of Radio City Hall and Midtown have me looking forward to the holidays!

  27. Kathleen Bunn permalink
    29/09/2014 7:45 pm

    Night time can definitely be a challenge when shooting. It wasn’t until I switched to full manual on my Nikon that I finally learned how to get a decent night shot.

  28. 29/09/2014 8:19 pm

    You got a lot of really great pictures!

  29. 29/09/2014 8:25 pm

    I love those photos of Rockefeller center. These photos make me so excited for the holidays to arrive! 🙂

  30. Liz Mays permalink
    29/09/2014 9:18 pm

    I used to be a morning person, but since I moved a few years ago I’ve transitioned to a night owl. I seem to get a lot done when there aren’t distractions.

  31. 29/09/2014 9:56 pm

    I am such a night owl. I get so much work done then!

  32. Dov Shapira permalink
    29/09/2014 10:10 pm

    I hear from a lot o people that they like to work at night.
    My kind of work I can do only in the day time

  33. Simple Mama permalink
    29/09/2014 11:21 pm

    All photos are amazing! The quotes go perfectly with the photos. Thank you for sharing!

  34. Debbie L permalink
    30/09/2014 3:44 am

    The moon shots are great – I have tried and tired to take pics of the moon – my pics ever come out!

  35. 30/09/2014 3:48 am

    Night time photos are fun to create.

  36. 30/09/2014 4:23 am

    Wow. The NYC Midtown is my favorite. How’d I wish I can visit there this christmas

  37. 30/09/2014 4:31 am

    These pictures are absolutely beautiful! Manhattan as a backdrop helps a lot! Super pretty at night!

  38. Close To Home permalink
    30/09/2014 4:53 am

    wow it is hard to imagine Christmas time already but it will be here sooner than later

  39. Stacey Werner permalink
    30/09/2014 5:47 am

    I’ve never been able to work at night… for the exact reason you like it… it is too still 🙂 My mind wanders too much and I can’t get things accomplished!

  40. Christine Luken permalink
    30/09/2014 6:53 am

    Beautiful job! Nighttime photography can be challenging.

  41. 30/09/2014 6:54 am

    I think New York is the most magical place, especially during the holiday season. The lights and windows are amazing. – Katy

  42. Amanda Love permalink
    30/09/2014 7:01 am

    I love the photos! I’m a NYer so seeing these bring back lots of memories for me. They would always decorate on Fulton Street in Brooklyn and it was beautiful!

  43. 30/09/2014 9:06 am

    What a fun and inspiring post. The photos are really amazing. Nighttime is definitely my favorite time. I find it really peaceful!

  44. 30/09/2014 12:55 pm

    It’s on my bucket list to visit NYC during Christmastime… I so want to.. I need to 🙂

  45. Victoria permalink
    30/09/2014 1:24 pm

    The photos look amazing. They make me want to get on a flight to NY.

  46. Vanessa permalink
    30/09/2014 2:17 pm

    Great photos! You reminded me that I need to set a NYC visit to visit my bff!

  47. 30/09/2014 3:48 pm

    What a beautiful post! I’ve never been to NY myself but I can recognize these landmarks from TV and movies.

  48. 01/10/2014 2:17 am

    Love your night-time pics!

  49. 01/10/2014 3:27 am

    I know what you mean about night time. My First post was called “Waking thoughts” because I woke up in the middle of the night, and wanted to scribble down my feelings, which is what happens if I don’t get up and record them ( groan ) The pattern continues to this day, but it does have its compensations. Of course I love the photos, and I’m so happy to see you posting 🙂

    • 01/10/2014 11:35 am

      Thank you dear Peter! I’m going to start using a service that will help me stay on top of things.
      I’m thrilled because I’ll have more time to write and visit.
      Looking forward to a visit to your blog. Night time rules! Haha!

  50. Christy Hoover permalink
    01/10/2014 5:08 pm

    That all looks so magical! Makes my heart smile!

  51. 02/10/2014 12:54 pm

    What a beautiful entry! Thanks for making time to visit 🙂

  52. Nicole Keener permalink
    02/10/2014 1:31 pm

    Great job, I have to work on my nighttime shots.

  53. 02/10/2014 6:41 pm

    Gorgeous shots. What a great entry.

  54. Author Brandi Kennedy permalink
    09/02/2017 11:30 am

    I live in Knoxville, TN, and my area definitely lights up for Christmas! We even have an ice-skating rink downtown every winter – it’s beautiful.

  55. Judy permalink
    01/01/2019 3:23 am

    I really like your photography. Nighttime pictures have always been hard for me to take because I don’t know how to change settings. These are beautiful.


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