Splitting Time

This was the last image I took while out with with Jim Nix last Monday night….though boy that feels like a long time ago.

After meeting at the Eye and moving on to the usual spot opposite the Houses of Parliament for sunset I opted to cross over the bridge for a little light trail action as the hour turned blue.

Normally the light trail shots are done from the opposite side of the road, but as I hadn’t really ‘done’ this scene since getting the 14mm I decided to stay on the left side of the bridge and see what I could get into the ultrawide frame…it seemed natural that the bridge should be used to create a leading line straight through the image.

It took a couple of attempts to get a bus coming by at the correct speed to offer up the most interesting light trail (I’m still waiting for that day when a couple of fire engines come whizzing by), but I’m happy with the results.

After packing up and heading crossing the road to search for food, Jim spotted Deb Sandidge also taking shots on the bridge (and probably cursing those two guys opposite who are standing around in the shot) – so if we end up in your final images Deb, I’m sorry.

I delayed in posting this last week as every time I look at it I’m convinced that the bridge is not central…but then when I check it out in Lightroom, it is. I’m either comparing two different edits, or the lack of features over the water in comparison to those on the bridge, as well as depth difference between river and pavement, are playing tricks with my mind.

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 8s