My footsteps echo off the ancient brick pavers as I approach the Edinburgh castle. Statues cast long eerie shadows in the night. In the background I can hear a tour guide telling ghost stories to his clients. All of this adds to the prickly sensation I have in my stomach, and my pulse quickens just a few beats. I spend time setting up shots on a tripod, aware of all that is going on around me, the man in the shadows, the sound of voices off to my left, a couple embracing each other. It's magical, just like a fairy tale.
I'm using a Canon 40D digital camera with a Sigma 10-22mm lens. The exposure is several seconds. I vary it a bit one way or another depending how much depth of field I want. The tripod is essential. I set the self-timer mode to keep the camera from having any movement from me pushing the button.