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30 Minutes of Traffic



After sneaking my way onto a disused overpass, this is what 30 mins of traffic looks like at 2am

After sneaking my way onto a disused overpass, this is what 30 mins of traffic looks like at 2am
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texaaronpueschel PRO
 
texaaronpueschel July 31, 2013
Nice. Voted.
MissSandy PRO+
 
MissSandy August 10, 2013
You are so brave to sneak! lol Great capture! voted
ArtQ
 
ArtQ August 15, 2013
Congrats on your finalist award in En Route Contest.
lisagallant
 
lisagallant August 15, 2013
Real nice-I like the lights of the cars passing-looks like a tube.
carolashdown
 
carolashdown August 16, 2013
Congrats on your Staff Favorite award!
ZachRosa
 
ZachRosa August 16, 2013
Great capture
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta August 16, 2013
Beautiful time exposure from a superb perspective. Congratulations on the Award.
Bannekh
 
Bannekh August 17, 2013
Nice shot
AliAlzuhair
 
AliAlzuhair August 17, 2013
Stunning!
Thimbee
 
Thimbee August 17, 2013
Nice! Congrats
ovosphotography
 
ovosphotography August 18, 2013
good job!
mikenannabass
 
mikenannabass August 18, 2013
That is just cool....
Redcow
 
Redcow August 18, 2013
Wonderfully creative composition. It is different and just stunning!
denbotephoto
 
denbotephoto August 18, 2013
awesome
yellowfrog
 
yellowfrog August 19, 2013
Awesome, great patience and devotion (2am!).
redwriter PRO
 
redwriter August 20, 2013
Beautiful image. Congrats. - Jake
jleiweke
 
jleiweke August 23, 2013
Congrats!
tsambaproductions
 
tsambaproductions August 24, 2013
congrats
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8479_1761 August 03, 2016
Beautiful views ,really I love your image ,its an art really Congrats Maria Blumberg
ValHallen
ValHallen August 03, 2016
Thank you so much!
Eric_arora
 
Eric_arora August 01, 2017
Amazing capture

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Behind The Lens

Location
So ... Where I lived at the time involved taking this motorway to and from Auckland. The bridge the photo is taken from was the subject of some controversy as it was built at a massive cost to the local government for a subdivision that, at least at that point, wasn't going to happen. I decided one night to see if I could find my way onto the bridge, which I did, it only involved 2 locked gates and about 20 minutes of walking.
Time
I think I started shooting about 10pm, finishing up around 1am. I was shooting for stack, in that there wasn't actually that much traffic that night, and I knew I would have to stay there for a while. Luckily it was a balmy night.
Lighting
The cars were my main lighting, as well as the huge glow on the horizon from Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city.
Equipment
Canon 60D, on a tripod leaning up against the guardrail
Inspiration
If you look at a lot of my profile, you see I love to shoot at night, and I also love light trails. I had been trying for a while to take a shot that didn't just look good, but had some detail in the darker areas .. the spill from the headlights helped me with this
Editing
Yup, this is about 40-60 shots all stacked up on one another, as with most digital cameras, the longer you leave the shutter open, the warmer and more noisy the CCD gets. What I loved the most about the stacking process was the happy accident of the sky, which I further enhanced.
In my camera bag
Back then I had my 60D, a Samyang 14mm and a tripod, as well as usually some computer control for the camera (cellphone), cables, thermos and a good (Kindle) book for the waiting :)
Feedback
Seriously, keep an eye out for locations that you normally wouldn't think of. Don't be afraid to trespass a little, but have a story prepared in case you;re caught, leave nothing behind, take only photons away with you.

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