Almost all of my night shooting over the last 5 years has been done using a tripod. The combination of a busy schedule, and the longer daylight hours of Spring has led to more evening walks. Frustrated by the ISO 200 limitations of my point and shoot camera for low light work, I’ve started carrying a digital SLR again for neighborhood photos. I’d somehow forgotten just how little light is necessary to take handheld photos with a lens that’s sharp at f/2.0 using a digital SLR that’s very clean at ISO 1600 (and quite usable at ISO 3200). The first photo above was 1/1600 at f/5.6, ISO 200. The last photo was 1/50 at f/2.0, ISO 3200. The gear certainly isn’t holding me back from taking pictures. You only need two things to make interesting pictures: ideas and sweat.