London nights

London nights

A double-decker bus speeds past me in London…

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London lights

London lights

A car passing me in London was a perfect chance to capture some interesting light trails…

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Passing lights in London

Passing lights in London

Light trails in London, such fun especially when you have a gorgeous background!

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Twilight along the Seine

Twilight along the Seine

Evening in Paris and I was walking along the River Seine taking photos...

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Light trails at the Loop 360 Bridge

Light trails at the Loop 360 Bridge

A long exposure of the Loop 360 Bridge in Austin taken at sunset...

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Night in Amsterdam

Night in Amsterdam

A boat passed by me while I am photographing a canal in Amsterdam...

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Traffic in East Austin

Traffic in East Austin

I spent a recent evening firing away over in East Austin, and came home with some images that I really like.  Today I share this one showing some cars streaking by me during blue hour.

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Night at the Moulin Rouge

Night at the Moulin Rouge

I finally had the chance to capture some long exposures at the Moulin Rouge in Paris!

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A long look at the lights

A long look at the lights

Shooting a long exposure of the Loop 360 Bridge in Austin, with the passing cars blurring out and just leaving light trails.  That's a good way to spend an evening!

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Light trails in Amsterdam

Blue hour, canals, and light trails in Amsterdam - a great combo!   Thank goodness for boat tours!

*** Shot at the intersection of Keizersgracht and Leidsegracht ***

If you have ever been to Amsterdam, you are probably well aware that there are lots of boat tours through the canals, and they are fun to do.  But when I was there a few weeks back, I found myself waiting several times for a boat to pass, as I was shooting a canal reflection and wanted still water.   That's no big deal - it's a typical situation when out shooting.  I am always waiting on something.

But in this case, it was blue hour and the light was fading fast, and I had been standing here shooting for a bit already - I was just waiting for it to get a little darker, as the sunset ended up being a bore.  At some point during this shooting, I saw a boat coming and could see a couple of lights on the boat. 

I thought I would try a set of brackets while the boat passed, in hopes of getting a nice long light trail from it.  As the boat approached and I started my brackets, there were also two cars that passed by on the intersecting roads.  Luckily my timing was great, and I got all three light trails!  Sometimes, things work out well! 

By the way, at the top I listed the location of this shot - the intersection of two canals.  I had seen shots from this location online prior to my trip, but NO ONE listed the location. What the hell?  I literally could not find it ANYWHERE.  Trying to visually locate a particular canal view in Amsterdam is the typical search for a needle in a haystack.  So I resigned myself to wandering and wandering, which I actually enjoy anyways.

A bit earlier that day I passed a souvenir shop, and out front was a postcard stand with a shot from here on it.  I picked it up, flipped it over, and sure enough it gave the name of the canals.  I wasn't actually that far away, so it was a huge win for me!