Strobist Landscape Photography – St Helena at Night

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Strobist Landscape Photography – St Helena at Night


Capturing pictures of St Helena that are a little bit different is not always easy, but with strobist landscape photography I think we might have something new. For WTSDN, anyway.

Of course, St Helena landscape pictures during the daylight we’ve done many times, but we’re constantly trying to come up with something new.

Once again Sharon and I have our Project 365 daily picture challenge, to thank. Creativity often needs a little kick, and that’s what Project 365 repeatedly does for us.

Photography strobes are basically external (as opposed to on-board) flash units, also known as speedlights, or flash guns. They fit or communicate via a camera hot shoe. Modern camera flash units though are pretty high-tech, with built in electronics giving photographers almost limitless creative lighting control.

Ten years ago I stumbled across strobist photography techniques. Strobist photography is basically using one or more off-camera strobes to light a photograph. I’ve dabbled over the years but can’t believe I’ve never really invested serious time exploring the potential.

Until now.

Strobist Landscape Photography – Napoleon’s last home, Longwood House, St Helena.


Strobist Landscape Photography – Master and Slave

How to shoot strobist landscape photography? Well, you’re are going to need some good flashes.

As a Canon photographer I naturally use Canon speedlights. My kit bag includes the Canon 600EX-RT, Canon 420EX and the Canon 580EX-II.

I’ve accumulated these speedlights over a long period of time.

For extra strobe options I also have much cheaper, Yongnuo speedlights, the YN560-II and YN560-III. These are Chinese made clones, unsurprisingly lacking some of the connectivity features of the Canons. Even so, Yongnuo speedlights are very affordable, functional and make great slave units working off the Canon masters.

I find the best deals for speedlights on Amazon. For their current deals, click these linked images:


Strobist landscape photography is a big chunk of a challenge to take on. Working outdoors, lighting up big spaces with strobes can be a little intimidating. But, with some careful planning the results can be quite cool.

Here’s a selection of five after dark images, a sample of what we’ve been shooting after dark on St Helena, so far this year.

Strobist Landscape Photography – High Knoll Fort, St Helena.


Strobist Landscape Photography – Castle Gardens in Jamestown, St Helena.


Strobist Landscape Photography – Cannon at Saddle Battery, St Helena.


Strobist Landscape Photography – Tomb Road, St Helena.


By |2019-04-07T00:52:00+00:00August 9th, 2018|Photography Mission, St Helena|30 Comments


  1. kenny January 24, 2019 at 8:26 am - Reply

    Fantastic, really beautiful

    • WTSDN January 24, 2019 at 11:02 am - Reply

      Thanks 🙂

  2. stan sibley August 17, 2018 at 7:00 am - Reply

    great photos!!

    • WTSDN August 19, 2018 at 10:41 am - Reply

      Thanks Stan 🙂

  3. Lawson henry August 15, 2018 at 6:51 am - Reply

    Amazing thanks for sharing and keep up the good work

    • WTSDN August 19, 2018 at 10:41 am - Reply

      Cheers Lawson 🙂

  4. ARTHUR BRADSHAW August 14, 2018 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    absolutely stunning. thanks for sharing

    • WTSDN August 14, 2018 at 6:47 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome Arthur, thanks for the comment.
      We’re working on more!

  5. Walter Barshai August 14, 2018 at 10:50 am - Reply

    Wow! Need lights on the roads at night. Solar, perhaps?

    • WTSDN August 14, 2018 at 6:46 pm - Reply

      Good idea, it could transform some areas into something quite beautiful.
      Thanks for the comment, Walter.

  6. Brian Isaac August 10, 2018 at 10:29 am - Reply

    Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder, like what I see and look forward to the next blog.

    • WTSDN August 10, 2018 at 11:35 am - Reply

      Absolutely Brian, it’s been interesting to see how ordinary places/scenes would look with some lighting at night.
      Thanks for the feedback. Always good to hear from you.

  7. Charmaine August 10, 2018 at 5:51 am - Reply

    Amazing pictures, makes me miss home even more😊

    • WTSDN August 10, 2018 at 11:33 am - Reply

      Imagine Tomb Road being lit up like that when you come home!! Now that would be something 🙂
      Thanks for the comment Charmaine.

  8. Derek Kaye August 9, 2018 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    What fantastic photo,s – looking forward to seeing some more in the future.
    Also really interesting to read how this is done. Keep it going!!

    • WTSDN August 10, 2018 at 11:32 am - Reply

      Thanks for the comment Derek.
      Yes, we plan to post more of these in future.
      And a ‘How To’ post as well at some point.
      Cheers 🙂

  9. Chris Daniel August 9, 2018 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    Beautiful pictures! I can only imagine the visual effect as you press the button and the whole scene lights up like magic out of the darkness. Thanks for the reminder that the best ‘night’ scenes are actually taken at dusk with the last of the daylight colouring the sky. Now where did I put my 21 speedlights?

    • WTSDN August 10, 2018 at 11:30 am - Reply

      Yes, the photographers’ secret, pulling the last of the daylight into a night shot.
      It has been a surprise how this type of photography has been right under our nose the whole time. It’s a great way to plan street lighting or monument lighting (I’m guessing).
      Thanks for the feedback Chris, good luck with your pictures 🙂

  10. Pat Henry August 9, 2018 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    Absolutely brilliant pictures. The message for me is, Please Don’t Try this At Home.

    Well done guy’s, very interesting.

    • WTSDN August 9, 2018 at 4:37 pm - Reply

      Haha, you need an RTD to do this 😀
      Thanks for the comment. And the cheese straws for the High Knoll shoot 🙂

  11. Sasha August 9, 2018 at 8:15 am - Reply

    Wow, very incredible pics.
    All I can say is wow, you guys did a really great job. Looking forward to more blogs.

    • WTSDN August 9, 2018 at 11:12 am - Reply

      Hey Sasha, always great to have your feedback, thank you so much.
      More blogs will be on the way, stay tuned 🙂
      (just waiting on this scruffy August weather to finish)

  12. leroy August 9, 2018 at 8:06 am - Reply

    Awesome photos guys 😊
    Totally ama-zing

    • WTSDN August 9, 2018 at 11:11 am - Reply

      If we can impress you then that’s a good day 🙂
      Thanks Leroy.
      Hope you’re making the most of that summer sun over that way.

  13. Lawson henry August 9, 2018 at 6:38 am - Reply

    Amazing pictures pictures, great work keep this up.

    • WTSDN August 9, 2018 at 11:09 am - Reply

      Yes, already scheming other locations to light up. So if you see two shady characters lurking about in the dark around the roadsides, don’t panic 🙂
      Thanks for the comment, Lawson.

  14. Joan (Joanna) Crowie August 9, 2018 at 6:22 am - Reply

    Saint Talent and Ingenuity at its best……Brilliant!

    • WTSDN August 9, 2018 at 11:07 am - Reply

      Thanks for the comment Joanna 🙂

  15. Rick and Sally Stucker August 9, 2018 at 2:41 am - Reply

    Wow. Incredible photos. We keep being amazed by WTSDN, but this post has really set the bar high. Not sure what else to say. BRAVO!

    • WTSDN August 9, 2018 at 3:07 am - Reply

      Thanks guys, much appreciated.
      Hopefully this weather shapes up soon and we can put some more of these together.
      Cheers 🙂

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