Calgary at night: traffic in motion under the city’s lights

A view of Calgary's downtown at night - © Christopher Martin-0686

Late night light trails as vehicles move along Bow Trail.  The red tail lights streak towards downtown while the lights on the left climb out of the city centre.  Every few minutes the LRT, Calgary’s public transit commuter trains, slid along the tracks dividing the westbound and eastbound lanes of the roadway.

A view of Calgary's downtown at night - © Christopher Martin-0655-2

I walked to the Bow Trail Bridge near midnight in early January.  I often pass under this bridge and believed it would afford a good view of both the city’s skyline and the traffic passing under it.  The bridge itself has great curved lines and I shot it for a few minutes before photographing the cityscape.


From the bridge deck, the view matched my expectation and it was fun composing for long exposures meshed with the skyline.  I’ll end with a slightly wider view of the scene.  I’m looking forward to a return on a starry night… or maybe during an exceptionally bright Aurora Borealis display.

A view of Calgary's downtown at night - © Christopher Martin-0643

16 responses

  1. Woah…

    March 4, 2017 at 12:25 am

  2. Allen R. Kive

    Great shots! I love the first one. Probably because of the green lights the train had. It’s something different the the typical, red, white, and yellow lights you see. Also, I like how you can see the light being illuminated from the street lights and skyscrapers, ( I guess because it was a foggy night) Either way, it adds to the photos!

    February 17, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    • Thanks for visiting and your thoughts. I really liked the lights from the train as well. Hope you visit again!



      February 18, 2017 at 7:59 am

  3. It almost looks like a rainbow with all those different colours!

    February 7, 2017 at 8:22 am

  4. Lived in Canada for a good half a decade, but never did go to Calgary. A good sampling of what I’d missed out on. Someday then.. someday!

    February 7, 2017 at 6:28 am

  5. Today I learned a lot from your website. thank you

    February 2, 2017 at 9:51 pm

  6. imigrantengfilipina

    Beautiful photos! Hoping to visit Calgary mid year!

    February 2, 2017 at 7:28 pm

  7. Beautiful work!

    February 2, 2017 at 4:35 pm

  8. Love the light trails, draws me into the city and think the bridge would make for a a nice coposition with aurora.

    February 2, 2017 at 3:04 pm

  9. Grant P Connolly

    Great colour saturation and contrast…Very nice shots. Favourite is the last wider view.

    February 2, 2017 at 1:09 pm

  10. Incredible captures with such vibrancy! I am still learning to shoot at night, lots more experimenting/practice needed.

    February 2, 2017 at 12:13 pm

  11. Reblogged this on Le Bien-Etre au bout des Doigts.

    February 2, 2017 at 11:48 am

  12. Great shots. Night photography can be so much fun.

    February 2, 2017 at 11:19 am

  13. Terrific photographs!

    February 2, 2017 at 8:29 am

  14. Reblogged this on clawingmywayin.

    February 2, 2017 at 8:20 am

  15. Stunning shots, Chris!!

    February 2, 2017 at 8:01 am

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