Taking photographs of a moving vehicle at night is one of the greatest challenges a photographer will ever encounter. The problem is this: In order to capture images at night, you have to use a slow shutter speed. But in order to capture movement, you have to use a fast shutter speed. So how does one capture movement at night?
A compromise must be made. There is more than one way to do this. I chose to increase my camera’s ISO setting to 6400, thereby making its sensor more sensitive to light. This allowed me to use a 1/25th sec. shutter speed. This is still on the slow side, and about half of my images turned out blurry, but any faster and they would have been too dark. If there are any photographers out there reading this, I would love to know how you approach these conditions.
For the rest of you, I hope you enjoy the photographs. Boat parades are quite common in Florida during December. The one in Treasure Island has been referred to as “the granddaddy” of all boat parades. The city of Treasure Island posted a list of optimal viewing locations on their website. We saw the parade from Gators Café & Saloon on Kingfish Drive, overlooking John’s Pass. They advertise having the longest waterfront bar in the world.