The most beautiful time to shoot both large and small cities is twilight. This small village in Austria, Maria Alm, is very quaint and beautiful, and it looks great at sunset and even when the sky is overcast. However, at twilight it’s magical.
In the summer, twilight is late in Europe. Depending on the exact location, it can be 10pm or later. After traveling and shooting all day, it’s exhausting to push yourself to get the best travel photography, but that’s what it takes to get great travel or vacation pictures. I had climbed halfway up a mountain to get this image, and I was surrounded by cows as I made the twilight exposures from a tripod.
When I used to shoot film, I used a tried-and-true exposure formula for twilight (10 seconds at f/8 with 50 ISO). Now with a digital camera, it’s a simple matter to just check the LCD monitor and then adjust the exposure compensation feature from there. This was taken with a daylight white balance.
More on Jim Zuckerman: Learn more in his outstanding online photo workshops, such as Perfect Digital Exposure and Techniques of Natural Light Photography. BetterPhoto.com also offers many other Internet photography courses on camera exposure and natural light and also travel photography courses.