Posts tagged “cityscape

Night into day at the Peace Bridge

Calgary’s Peace Bridge has become one of the city’s landmarks and is an important pedestrian connector into the downtown core.  Last weekend I went to Eau Claire a couple of hours before sunrise, walked over to the bridge and then photographed from dark night to bright morning.  The lines of the structure are beautiful and I really enjoyed working with them, as well as the color and lighting, while I was photographing.

The construction crane south of the bridge was working and it played a nice supporting role as an interesting element in a couple of the images as well.


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.

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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


A Neoclassical Night in Berlin

The Altes Museum

The architecture on and around Museum Island is impressive to say the very least.  I spent a couple of nights photographing the buildings along the banks of the River Spree and the canals nearby.  The lighting on many of the buildings at night adds to the majestic feel which seems appropriate given the enormous efforts to restore them since Germany’s reunification.  Above is the Altes Museum and below is Berliner Dom which shares the Lustgarten and its central fountain.

Berliner Dom - © Christopher Martin-8972

Further down the river, I caught the moon rising across the river from the Berliner Dom.  I loved the reflection of the lights in the water.

Berliner Dom and the rising moon - © Christopher Martin-8950

A long exposure as a night cruise passed by this outdoor party blurred the lights on the water – and a couple of people along the boardwalk.

Night parties along the Spree - © Christopher Martin-8931

I finished the late night walkabout with a stroll back to the Brandenburg Tor to photograph the eastern side with the absence of the masses that visit during the day and evening.  Afterwards, I crossed to the western side and photographed light trails under the gate.

Brandenburg Tor before dawn - © Christopher Martin-7660


Calgary’s cityscape at dawn

Fire on the eastern front - 2013 © Christopher Martin

The sky to the east was beautiful this morning.  I had a chance to photograph from a good elevation which let me see the horizon towards the east and the downtown cityscape in the other direction.  I loved the explosion of color in the clouds preceding the sunrise and those added nice reflections in some of the glass facades of Calgary’s prominent buildings.

Calgary's cityscape at dawn - 2013 © Christopher Martin