I must confess to a certain contempt for photographers trying to illuminate a distant object with the pitiful built in flash of a point and shoot camera. I inwardly scream at people trying to add their own light to something quite distant like, say, the moon.
Then I remember I’m not a great photographer myself. There are great gaps in my knowledge. Thinking about it, the only thing I know is not to bother using flash when taking shots of objects half a mile distant.
For this shot I thought my no flash fundamentalism would be fine if I increased the ISO speed and stood very, very still. The light coming from the lit up castle walls in the background should have been enough.
I could tell myself the photo would have been improved with a better camera and a tripod but after a few more attempts I did get a shot with less blur. It is still rubbish though: an unexciting shot of an empty street at night with a vague outline of the fortress in the background.
Thanks to Wandering Earl for the idea behind this series. If you want to submit a bad travel photo please feel free to email us at payawaytravels (at) gmail (dot) com