Earlier this year and once again on Saturday (last) I tried my hands on a bit of night photography once more, and I NEVER seem to get the highlights right - ever. What am I doing wrong? I go for a very narrow aperture (f22 or f29), low iso (but not as low as 100, maybe that is the mistake?), and adequate exposure (so I think), but ... 1. This was taken at DUSK only in order to still have a nice sky ... but the face of the clock always disappeared, for example! No matter how I tried (and I measured OFF the face of the clock, which did not help a lot, either) 2. Same evening, time has passed, the sky grew darker ... but I really don't like how the traffic lights and trails came out (would have done without any car but that situation was not to be had). The only thing I do like about the traffic lights is that I captured them in all three colours within one exposure --- plus I like the star in the sky. So I kept this photo. On to the ones I took on Saturday, and in the first just about ALL the highlights of the petrol/gas station and of the company next to it (flood-lit company sign) blew ... why? 3. f29 at ISO400, 4 seconds ... maybe I should have gone down to the camera's lowest 100 ISO and done an 8 second exposure? More light overall, better result, I think: 4. Still makes me wonder how Mohain got is all unblown light trails in London, for example!?!?!?