I’m definitely getting a feel for capturing the city lights reflected in the river, gaining a better understanding of what works and what doesn’t work. Images of Greig Street Bridge on the River Ness, Inverness, Scotland, taken tonight 🙂
More experimenting with long exposures along the River Ness tonight – Ness Bridge with its multi-changing coloured lights – Inverness, Scotland 🙂
I used a fast lens hand-held this time to try to capture night lights reflected in the river with more vibrancy than with my long exposure image of the other day. Hmmm… Perhaps the colours do look a bit clearer and sharper here, but nevertheless I think overall I still prefer the soft smoothness of the water in the long exposure shot… Sigh…! Back to the drawing board again…! 🙂
Every time I walk home across the Victorian footbridge over the River Ness, I look across and think how lovely it must be to capture the lights of the main bridge reflected in the river – so tonight I took my camera for a walk to see how I got on… I even remembered to take my mini tripod, and to set my ISO on as low a setting as possible, and to set the shutter timer to prevent camera shake.
So overall it went OK, in that happily I definitely got loads of sharp images, but nevertheless I find the colours of the lights are disappointing, insipid somehow – the lights on the main bridge change at regular intervals, and although that probably looks great at a fast shutter speed, it seems the quick change almost cancels out the vibrant colour range over a longer exposure…
I’m happy enough with the way this shot turned out, though, and I know I’ll have plenty of opportunities to try and try and try again to get it right, just exactly the way I want it 🙂
I love finding reflective surfaces to photograph things in – this is an image of some kind of digger in front of London’s City Hall, both reflected in a giant metallic solid bubble sculpture with an uneven, undulating surface 🙂
Sometimes the way the light catches the water creates the most wonderful reflections, fluid shapes that ripple and move with the surface breeze, or sometimes they simply stay still, almost holding their breath, sparkling with depth and grace 🙂