Posts tagged “long exposure

Flashback Friday – kids in motion

This image is from 2011 and was taken along the Elbow River.  Kezia was 2 1/2 years old and running with Kian who was 4 1/2.  I used a shutter speed of 1/6th of a second for a relatively long shutter and panned with the kids as they raced by.  I love playing with motion and creating, or capturing, movement in these types of images.  The blurred lines that layer to create the scene remind me of an Impressionist painting.


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


Canmore – clouds racing the moonlight

clouds-over-canmore-christopher-martin-3015-2A couple of weeks ago I spent a night under the stars on the shore of Lake Minnewanka.  On the way there, as I passed through Canmore, the full moon was lighting up the mountains that connect the town with the sky.  Here the tip of Ha Ling and the East End of Rundle (EEOR) were lit up during the long exposure I made looking across the Trans-Canada Highway and over the town.


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


Nightlines and the Brandenburg Tor

Nightlines at the Brandenburg Tor - © Christopher Martin-9018

The Brandenburg Gate is a beautiful monument that has been at the centre of pivotal moments in history since its construction completed in 1791.  The Tor was commissioned by King Friedrich William II as a sign of peace; Napoleon marched through it in triumph; it was closed to all through the cold war, dividing Berlin – and the world,  and divided Berlin and the world; and then it was where the wall first fell and was where the city and Germany reunified.  Coming full circle, it has now come to represent peace as well as unity in the country and in Europe.

Nightlines at the Brandenburg Tor - © Christopher Martin-9020

I was excited to photograph this icon and visited there several times through my week in Berlin.  One visit was after midnight and I set up on the west side of the where three streets meet.  I wanted to create some long exposures to let the lights from the vehicles create streaks in front of the gate.  It is a stunning structure and I enjoyed spending time there and making these images.

Nightlines at the Brandenburg Tor - © Christopher Martin-9028

When night fell, I had been hanging around the Spree River near Berliner Dom so it was not a very long walk to the Tor.  Coming from the east, I photographed the front of the gate first.  The Quadriga of Victory looks like it about to leap off the top and carry forward.

Nightlines at the Brandenburg Tor - © Christopher Martin-8993

It is a stunning structure and I enjoyed spending time there and making these images.  With recent events within Germany and other parts of Europe, a visit seemed timely and it would serve many well to consider what the Brandenburg Gate has come to represent from many years of hard learned lessons about peace and unity.


The Burmis Tree

 

Burmis Tree at night - © Christopher Martin-0261

I have driven by the Burmis Tree, an Alberta icon, many times while traveling through the Crowsnest Pass on my between British Columbia and Alberta.  It stands out on a rocky outcrop just above Highway 3 where the road bends into the valley below Turtle Mountain.  This limber pine catches many people’s eye as they travel past with its gorgeous lines and skeletal beauty.  This weekend I drove past close to midnight and stopped for an hour to photograph the tree.  This image is from the western side of the hill facing east.  The limbs were backlit by the headlights of the oncoming traffic and the hill glowed red from their tail lights as they passed by.


Aspen lines

Aspen lines along Grand Valley Road - © Christopher Martin-1119

Canon 5DIII camera and 300mm f/4 lens: 1/15th of a second at f/16 on ISO 200

I drove along the Grand Valley Road in search of raptors and was fortunate to come across a small group of fellow photographers who had spied a Northern hawk owl in a roadside stand of trees.  I will share a couple of photographs of that fine bird soon but wanted to first show the abstract images I made earlier in the day.  Before finding any wildlife, I was spending time looking for them among the trees and meadows along the road.  Early on, I found this stand of Aspens and I loved the vertical pattern and the stark contrast between dark and light within and between the tree trunks.

Aspen lines along Grand Valley Road - © Christopher Martin-1090

Canon 5DIII camera and 300mm f/4 lens: 1/500th of a second at f/9 on ISO 1250

I loved the straight image and once I dialled that in the way I liked, I wanted to drag my shutter and play with the blurred images that I traced out.

Aspen lines along Grand Valley Road - © Christopher Martin-1111

Canon 5DIII camera and 300mm f/4 lens: 1/30th of a second at f/16 on ISO 200


Crowchild in motion

Crowchild in motion - © Christopher Martin-0241-2

Canon 5DIII with a 24mm f/1.4 lens: 13 seconds on f/11 at ISO 100

Vehicle lights trace lines along Crowchild Trail on a winter’s night in Calgary.


Leaping Tiger Gorge – a legendary canyon below the Tibetan Plateau

Leaping Tiger Gorge - © Christopher Martin-9392

The Leaping Tiger Gorge is a deep canyon created by the Jinsha River whose headwaters are in the Tibetan Plateau is the upper course of the Yangtze River.  The water volume is immense and with the amount of ground carved away always runs a earthy colour.  The color is repeated with some of the ripples in the rock exposed between the water and the edge of the forest which traces a ragged line above the river.

Leaping Tiger Gorge - © Christopher Martin-9345

There is a visitor site that is interesting and allows you to descend several hundred feet down to the river level.   The legend holds that a tiger was once seen leaping across the gorge.  At a minimum distance of 82′ (25m) that would have been amazing to watch.  Being able to feel the spray off of the rapids and hear the roar of the water up close was beautiful.  I think I will remember my time in the gorge for a very long time.

Leaping Tiger Gorge - © Christopher Martin-9351

Leaping Tiger Gorge - © Christopher Martin-9406

Leaping Tiger Gorge - © Christopher Martin-9390

Vicki Alford made the excellent suggestion to include some imagery to show the river’s power.  I have included an image with a faster shutter speed taken from a viewing deck roughly halfway down the canyon.

Leaping Tiger Gorge - © Christopher Martin-9281

 


Light painting with glow sticks

Kian looking through light - © Christopher Martin-1430

After a great evening with another family who came over for dinner, we enjoyed having some time playing around before bed.  Kian and Kezia had a bunch of glow sticks that they connected together and swung around in the dark.  We had a lot of fun tracing out crazy patterns during a series of long exposures.

A ball of crazy light - © Christopher Martin-1407

Kian looking through light - © Christopher Martin-1446


Under the stars with Kian

Under the stars - © Christopher Martin-0981

My son and I spent a couple of hours down on the beach watching the stars and playing around with some longer exposures.  It was a beautiful night made infinitely better with him there.

Under the stars with Kian - © Christopher Martin-0955

Under the stars - © Christopher Martin-0965

Rocks and stars - © Christopher Martin-0949

Under the stars - © Christopher Martin-0968


Ashnola River

Ashnola River and some of her rocks - © Christopher Martin-6599

This is a short section of the Ashnola River in British Columbia’s Cathedral Provincial Park.  I saw a wonderful diversity of riverscapes as I went up and then back down the gravel road that runs closely to the water.  This section drew me in but I look forward to going back with the luxury of more time to explore them.