Nightshots In Coimbra

Coimbra, Portugal

Another couple of photos from Coimbra, this time some night shots of a chestnut vendor busy plying his trade. (It doesn’t look like it but he was actually quite busy; I waited for the customers to exit the frame first.)

I’m of two minds whenever I shoot under sodium vapour lamps (street lamps): try and colour-correct, or convert to black and white? The problem is that sodium vapour lamps give off such a strong orange — and monochromatic — glow that it’s difficult to capture the mood of street lighting without making everything look awash in orange and lacking in detail. The alternative is to cool it down as low as I can go (2500 Kelvin for me) to get the whites closer to white, but that doesn’t look right either, much of the time — it depends on the type of lamps. LED lights are a whole other colour-correction problem, and if I have both in one picture I throw in the towel and convert to black and white.

Coimbra, Portugal