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Truly Obsessive

By WelshKiwi  
Hello Everyone.

My enthusiasm for photography was returned to me on Friday night while doing something I had ALWAYS wanted which was photograph the bridge from the top at night.

Out with Eifion and a couple of friends on Thomas Telfords Menai Bridge. First we did some photography underneath it, then we decided to go on top and do light trails.

I took lots of images (which means me either doing my own processing or paying someone 1.50 per image to do it for me Wink ) and I throughly enjoyed the practising, mucking around and experimenting and just being out with like minded friends.

I was standing on the pavement to get this and believe me those buses dont half get close.

To get a perfectly symetrical image you would have to be standing on an island in the middle and believe me, if two buses came on either side you would have been a bit worried about your camera getting swiped by wing mirrors etc.

The title, someone got a little obsessed and stayed out later rather than retiring to the pub......

Ok, so comments are welcome but please remember that its my first go at this and I would like to do more, so any help would be most welcome otherwise Im going to make the same mistakes.

Have a great day folkes, need to do some serious work after a weekend of some serious mind mapping.

*Wonder if this would make a great blend Wink )

Lee Smile

Tags: Photography Wales Bridge Transport North Night Lighting Bus Architecture Anglesey Thomas Menai Telford Landscape and travel Straits Flash and lighting

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DebbieBMP 7 33 1 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 1:00PM
Well done for being brave enough to stay there and keep a steady hand for this great shot

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dianah 9 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 1:02PM
Hi Lee..I am afraid I am not going to be very helpful as I can't take anything that moves faster than a tortoise ! Smile
I love this shot though..I think you have done superbly well. I didn't know that it was yours but it really caught my eye in the thumbnails. Wonderful dynamic colour and the feeling of speed and motion is enormous. I should think you were endangering your life. Huge click from me.
Di
sut68 Plus
12 2.0k 76 England
17 Nov 2008 1:08PM
Nowt much wrong with this one at all missus, love the amount of movement you got in that bus. Well composed too, great to catch up with you at the weekend m'dear Smile

Paul
joolsb 11 27.1k 38 Switzerland
17 Nov 2008 5:29PM
Hello you!

I really like the dynamism of this shot and how the light sources are positioned in the composition but I have to say that I think the shutter speed you used was too fast and the result is a very 'busy' composition which is rather hard to view.

A longer exposure would have softened the motion effects whilst still giving the effect you were after. Did you shoot any others with a slower shutter speed?

Wink
MrsS 9 4.5k 18 England
17 Nov 2008 7:33PM
What HE Said Wink

F x
WelshKiwi 8 3.2k 2 Wales
18 Nov 2008 6:09AM

Quote:A longer exposure would have softened the motion effects whilst still giving the effect you were after. Did you shoot any others with a slower shutter speed?


Thanks Jools.

I shall look. I thought the reason I had caught all this busy - ness though was because my shutter was opn for a long time, eg, long exposure. Have I got it wrong ?? I shall go look at all my data and ask the boss Wink for some help......

Good job I had fun doing this cos it wont be hard to persuade me to go back and practise some more.

Thanks everyone for all your comments and thoughts.

Lee Smile
csurry 14 9.2k 92
18 Nov 2008 8:29AM
So that person has now gone from HWMNBN to a friend to someone Wink

Say it loud Lee, Will Cheung can obsess about photographic subjects, not such a bad trait in the editor of a photographic magazine I guess.

I'm not sure with a lot of mine, they either needed a longer exposure or a shorter one, there's a point in the middle that just doesn't seem to work as well. I like this, but then I know that like me you were trying to convey the speed of one vehicle as much as the light trails.
joolsb 11 27.1k 38 Switzerland
18 Nov 2008 8:53AM

Quote:I shall look. I thought the reason I had caught all this busy - ness though was because my shutter was opn for a long time, eg, long exposure. Have I got it wrong ??


Nope. But as Cheryl says, there's a point where it doesn't quite work so well and my feeling is that you hit that point square on.... Smile

A longer exposure would simplify the comp, I feel. Time the traffic and see how far it moves in your planned exposure time. That will be the length of your light trails.
csurry 14 9.2k 92
20 Nov 2008 4:42PM

Quote:Time the traffic and see how far it moves in your planned exposure time/quote] as long as one of the vehicles is not a bus, which brings all the traffic to a grinding halt, and ruined more than one exposure Wink

Unfortunately the traffic was rather sporadic when the sky was best, need a busier time Grin

newy17 10 273 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2008 2:28PM
Love how you have composed this one Lee and id be well happy with this one Smile well done you lol,,
ian
Scutter Plus
8 1.7k 6 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2008 6:39PM
Hi Lee, I love this shot. It brings back lots of memories as I was a student at Bangor (more years ago than I care to remember (1979-1980)). I once attempted to cross the bridge on foot but using the suspension chains rather than the road! The foolishness of a drunken youth!! I got up to the top of the tower but chickened out! It has been done though Smile
Ben
SteveNZ 8 4 5 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2009 7:54PM
Stunning shot!
Lighting, colours, compilation are spot on.
Cheers -- Steve.
stewybill 7 42 United Kingdom
25 May 2009 2:12PM
Top Class shot,deffo worth the effort,,,awesome !!
7 Mar 2011 8:45PM
My very fave bridge - great shot Smile

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