Reader Photo: Midnight on Mateo

It’s not common to see night photographs in general, and even less common to see those in color. Maybe we should though -- with the high-contrast lighting conditions and unusual ways colors represent themselves in the dark, it’s possible for a photographer with steady hands and a high ISO to make fantastic images.

In this image, Eric Cuenin uses the lighting conditions to make a backlit image of his wife posing in an alley off Mateo Street in downtown L.A. after the “south of 7th neighborhood walk” on Sept. 20.

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