I was staying by the Louvre, again, possibly the world's most famous museum, and when I took this, it was just after sunset. The onset of darkness is gradual, even after the sun has gone down and the sky retains a luminescent blue to it making it a nice time of day/night to take pictures as you capture the crossover. It had earlier been raining and would about to start raining again and keeping the lens free of raindrops would prove an impossible task, but here at the Louvre, I grabbed a picture between showers.
Accordingly I took the Nikon D800, a 20mm prime, a 50mm prime and the huge all-rounder, the Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6, but I generally don't use that for the night time shoot since it doesn't have a tripod collar, but more of that later. And I did take a tripod and shutter release as I knew I wanted to do night shoots.
With Notre Dame, two things become evident, one, since it is raining I can't safely change lenses without risking getting water in the camera so I've got the 20mm on and that's what is staying on. Second, trying to keep the lens clear of rain drops is practically impossible (and on a wide angle lens the hood offers almost zero protection). And even after wiping the lens down, you can't hold it up to the light to see if you've done a good job. Some of the 'unexplained' light in the picture below is due to smears on the lens following a wipe down I think.
This became a very late end to my first night out.
I do however enjoy the night photography thing and coming back with a wide ranging collection of the Big Five at night is something I can nevertheless feel very happy about.