Vanšu Bridge in Riga is one of four bridges crossing the Daugava river that I walked over this weekend, and I think my favourite.
This was taken on Saturday night, when I should have been walking around taking photos with Ikars, before I screwed up. Everything was going well, I had managed to wake up at 4am to get to the airport, then arrived from London on time, checked in to the hotel, and then spent a few hours wandering the narrow streets of Old Riga. Within 30 minutes of being here I had also gone to the top of the Latvian Academy of Sciences to check out the view…more on that later in the week.
I returned to the hotel for some food and a beer and then made the awesome decision to have a 20 minute power nap to refresh me for the evening ahead. I awoke 2 hours later, late (for both my meeting with Ikars, and the sunset). So sorry again, Ikars, for making you trek around Riga for no good reason 🙁
That’s not all.
I headed out to this bridge and made my way to the middle of it climbing over a few of those barriers that you see. I received a few funny looks from people passing on bikes and in cars, so something tells me it’s not too regular that people cross the lanes into the middle section. I set up to get a couple of long exposures while the sky was blue, and just as I was about to press the shutter release, the large spotlights went on.
The best I could do was to close the aperture and make them into light bursts, but boy were they harsh. This is a single exposure, and the best one I managed to get with trails on both lanes of traffic.
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
- Focal length: 14mm
- ISO: 100
- Shutter speed: 10s