I keep a list of photo ideas on my phone. Since my daughter was born and I’ve been not-unemployed, I find time for none of them. Recently a friend asked about taking some pictures at night, and I remembered my list. At the top for the longest time has been going down to the Jose Rizal Bridge to shoot the traffic coming into downtown.
Winter nights are great, because it’s always dark, and a cloudy backdrop is fine. Rain actually makes the reflections better, but you’ve got to want to stand in the rain to take the pictures – probably not the best idea, but right after a storm would be great. This was good enough for me.
You’ve also got a great shot of the 90 ramps headed toward Bellevue from up here, and I just love watching the lights blur – the headlights in white and the taillights in red. Letting the camera see things I can’t see.
The biggest issues shooting from here, other than a few sketchy folks walking by when you’ve got a bunch of camera equipment out is the bridge itself – cars and buses share it, and you can absolutely feel the vibrations when buses go buy or even when big trucks go underneath it. If you’re looking for a sharp long exposure, a good tripod is a must, but when the ground shakes, there is only so much you can do. Along with Kerry Park, the Sculpture Garden, and a few more, this is one of the places I always knew I wanted to take some pictures from. Glad I had the chance.
- Aperture: ƒ/8
- Camera: Canon EOS 70D
- Focal length: 15mm
- ISO: 250
- Shutter speed: 5s