Tower Bridge, Light Trails

Tower Bridge, Sacramento River, (Old) Sacramento, CA

Another photograph from the Tower Bridge and potentially one of the more overshot compositions.  At least there were only 3 instances of similar compositions on Flickr and Google Images.

(click through on the image to view in 700px long exposure goodness)

As discussed in the previous Tower Bridge post titled Tower Bridge, Sunset Clouds, I have stayed away from shooting this bridge for almost 10 years because it is so overly accessible, and thus, photographed.  But on this particular evening with already a wine tasting of 12 Grenaches under my belt, it was probably best to photograph a local area versus driving around trying to find urban decay.

The fun and sometimes the torture of trying to capture light trails from cars is the unpredictability.  For this shot I had composed the bridge and the flow of traffic and stopped down the aperture to f/18, so that the shutter speed would be a relatively long 25 seconds.  25 seconds should be enough time for a car to make it entirely over the bridge and produce an unbroken light trail.  The variables?  Sometimes cars would only come from one direction.  Sometimes the oncoming cars would be stopped by the traffic light right in front of me.  Sometimes there was only a trickle of cars.  I was patient enough only to re-shoot this composition 5 times.  The 5th time was the photo in this post.  I was done, ready to move on.  I suppose if I had some Photoshop skill, I could combine exposures and aggregate all the light trails into one photograph.

Recent Sacramento street photography:

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, 23mm, ISO 100, 25 sec, f/18

Tower Bridge, Light Trails.  Sacramento River, (Old) Sacramento, California. September 21, 2012. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.


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