After a full day of Petra in the sun I had to chug coffee to have enough energy to head back for the Petra by night show. I had heard enough from others to know this was something I should not miss.
Sure I’m no Dave from The Planet D but I do love night photography and in safe cities I have spent hours wandering the street plopping down my gorillapod to open the shutter. I hoped I could capture the vastness and beauty of Petra in the darkness.
With the soft glow of candles, people wander through the canyon to the treasury where they sit and drink tea while listening to traditional bedouin music. Afterwards they give you enough time to take some photos, even organizing a group flash so people can try to capture the structure.
But I hate flash.
So I tried to be patient and wait for everyone to take their photos with much dissatisfaction while my camera on its gorillapod was set to go.
I was the last person there. Fortunately much of the staff remembered me from the morning and tried to shoo everyone else away so I could take a few shots of the treasury and then leave as well.
Wandering Petra at night alone was definitely a highlight, I may never be a professional photographer but I had fun all the same.