Until death do us part
(Highway 395, California) - The moon is sometimes seen as a essential part of good night shots. Sure the moon is nice, but you can do great without it too. Here the moon was obscured by dark storm clouds racing towards the yard. I had to double my exposure time, but with some light painting on the cars and a fisheye I think I got a pretty dramatic shot.
I love the bouncing technique I've recently discovered. Shine it directly at the ground in front of you (and out of the frame) to get subtle light painting on the cars. For this to be effective it requires a strong flashlight. To make the light stronger or to reach further away point the flashlight at an object. This object could be other cars or - as I also recently discovered - a very effective object is yourself. I was wearing beige cargo pants - and they served as a very effective reflector. Another option is to put the flashlight in one of the big outer pockets of the cargo pants and shine the light at the cars and you get not only a diffused subtle light, but a soft yellow as well.