Fair Oaks (CA), Sunset Reflections, Footbridge, Pilings, Long Exposure

ISO100, 160mm, f/5.3, 126 secs
from the Fair Oaks Bridge over the American River

Much like a good Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, we are going back for seconds for another photograph from the Fair Oaks Bridge.  There are times when long exposure means 5 or 10 seconds.  In this case, the ND110 (10-stop) filter was employed to smooth out as many minute ripples in the water as possible.  The only problem was the possibility of pedestrians, joggers, and bikers causing the surface of the bridge I was on to vibrate and bounce during the 2 minute exposure.

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About a minute into the exposure I could see the faint forms of two joggers appear at the far end of the bridge, but not on the bridge quite yet.  Another 30 seconds and they were on the bridge.  I was beginning to worry.  20 seconds later and they were halfway across the bridge.  I was standing motionless, waiting for the faint thump of the ground below me.  2 minute and 6 seconds in, the ground pulsed.  The father and daughter were 30 feet away from me.  That was as much ground vibration I was willing to allow for this photo.  I press the remote shutter and ended the exposure.  Soon the bridge was vibrating in unison of their footfalls.  We smiled and exchanged hellos.  I could breathe again.

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO 100, 160mm, f/5.3, 126 sec

Fair Oaks (CA), Sunset Reflections, Footbridge, Pilings, Long Exposure. Fair Oaks, CA. December 24, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.

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