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Bluewater Bridge in the Blue Hour



Sarnia, Ontario. Canada, Port Huron, Michigan

Sarnia, Ontario. Canada, Port Huron, Michigan
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mctavishlane
 
mctavishlane April 25, 2014
Love the colors and composition. Very nice.
Remraf
 
Remraf August 05, 2015
Nice shot!
ahmedfouadibraheem
 
ahmedfouadibraheem August 05, 2015
Well done.
iceman2
 
iceman2 August 05, 2015
Beautiful capture with beautiful clarity and color harmony! Congrats
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avguzzi August 13, 2015
WOW!!!! Amazing
AliAlzuhair
 
AliAlzuhair September 07, 2015
Nice!
wildwoodie56
 
wildwoodie56 August 24, 2016
Absolutely fantastic shot. Well done
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Lpepz August 24, 2016
Thank you Wildwood!
Jena_c23
 
Jena_c23 February 28, 2017
Gorgeous!!!
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Lpepz March 01, 2017
Thank you Jena!
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Byronfairphotography June 03, 2018
Very nicely done.
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Lpepz April 20, 2019
Thank you Byron!
jettahlily008 PRO+
 
jettahlily008 April 20, 2019
Gorgeous capture & composition!!! :)
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Lpepz April 20, 2019
Thank you Jetta!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at the Blue Water Bridge, which spans the St. Clair River connecting Port Huron, Michigan, United States to Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Time
It was a cold winter evening in February. The sun had just set at 6:00 pm and I shot this picture shortly after, during the blue hour.
Lighting
The lighting was perfect at the blue hour, after the sun went down below the horizon, creating a brilliant deep blue-sky color with some bright orange hues close to the horizon. A long exposure and small aperture were used to bring out the vibrance of the image and to create starbursts on the bridge lights.
Equipment
This was shot on a Canon 5D Mark II with a 16-35 f/2.8 lens using a shutter release cable and a tripod.
Inspiration
The night that this photo was taken, I had actually planed on shooting night photography. I arrived early and couldn’t believe how beautiful the sky was. I quickly set up my equipment and was able to capture several shots of this amazing view. I captured some night shots as well, but the blue hour shots were far more dynamic and appealing than the night shots.
Editing
The final image consisted of 3 photos merged together in Photomatix, creating an image with a soft HDR effect.
In my camera bag
My bag consists of the Canon 7D Mark II camera, 16-35 f/2.8 lens, 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, 1.4 converter, Speedlight 430EX II and of course a backup camera - my good old faithful Canon 40D. I love the quality of the Canon L series lenses, the best glass out there in my opinion. I also travel with my carbon fiber tripod; polarizing filter, neutral density filter and I don't leave home without my shutter release cord.
Feedback
Always be ready to shoot the unexpected and know your equipment inside and out in order to set up quickly to get the shot. A tripod and shutter release cable are crucial for capturing these types of shots. Focus these dark shots in auto focus on a bright object in the viewfinder and then lock focus and switch to manual mode on your lens. Experiment with long exposures and use aperture settings varying from f8 to f18 with a low ISO. Remember that the blue hour only lasts for about 20 minutes after the sun sets, so be sure to capture the shot quickly.

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