So after a busy weekend in London last week, I found myself struggling to get out with the cameras this week. Work and Family commitments took priority as they usually do, and add to that the fact that the Boro V Leeds match was on Sky Sports (lets not talk about that!) I found myself will little time for photography on Saturday and the weather forecast for Sunday did not look ideal. However, come 5 o clock I found some free time, but what to do? Well since my daughter works in Teesside Park I find myself a regular visitor, dropping her off and picking her up and I have had the view you see below on my list for some time. Today it struck me that conditions were ideal for the shot – a calm day, sky could have had more to offer, but the shot is more about the artificial light than anything else.
It was still busy at that time of the evening and I parked my car in the car park near to the TGI Fridays (apologies for these details if you are not local!), and struck out with the camera and Tripod to the busy junction crossing the A66 in Stockton-on-Tees. I attracted a few odd looks as I was setting up but I guess I have to get used to that – can’t be too self conscious when you are after a particular shot in a public place.
I waited for the sun to set completely and for the blue hour to kick in and then took the shot.
The exposure time is 20 seconds at f16, ISO 100 using the Canon EF-S 10-18mm lens on my Canon 1100D. I chose the low ISO and the small Aperture to get as long an exposure as possible, and thus capture as along a light trail as possible. I kind of like the result, but I was hoping for better starbursts around the streetlights. I don’t know if that’s a problem with my technique or a problem with the lens. Proably a combination of both – I have managed some pretty good starbursts in the past, but that was with my 50mm prime lens.
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