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Midnight Traffic

Well, this is officially my first experiment with this kind of is the story.


I had just woken up after three hours of sleep and was feeling very groggy and non-awake, and knew I had to leave to pick up Lisa from work in a couple of hours; so, now that it is actually decently warm at night outside (still a bit of a chill in the air, but it's a refreshing kind of chill, not bad at all), I decided to take Beefy (Princess is staying with Lisa's younger brother and his girlfriend right now because they want to see what it is like having a pet for a few weeks before they buy one) and head out for a walk.


Now, I just about always have my camera with me, and I took a few semi-successful night landscape shots from a hill in a field near the house, and then was inspired to head over to the overpass and try my hand at some long-exposure type shots.


On my Coolpix you cannot set shutter speed or anything like that, but, it does have a couple long-exposure type presets in the "Fireworks Show" and "Night Landscape" modes.


It is very rare that I use anything except manual mode anymore, but this was the only way I knew my camera would take these kind of shots.


So I set myself up on the footpath on the side of the overpass car bridge (for those Calgarians who view this, it was the overpass where Douglasdale Boulevard passes over Deerfoot Trail), rested my camera on the edge of the bridge, held it down as tightly as I could, zoomed in the required amount, and started snapping away.


Traffic is never too heavy out here in the suburbs of Calgary between 6 pm and 6 am, so I took about half an hour worth of shots (playing a game on my iPhone with my left hand and pressing the shutter and holding the camera down with my right hand, while leaning against the railing that I had the camera resting on) and then returned home.


I knew that a common thing people do for these kind of shots is stitch many photos together, so the above photo is the lights from 10 photos stitched together to give the appearance of a very busy highway.


I am actually pretty happy with how this turned out and definitely plan to repeat this experiment again sometime soon!


I hope you all like it, and would love to know what you guys think!

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Taken on March 28, 2012