365 Photo Project - Day 12 - Short Delays

Day 12 - Short Delays

I talked about in Day 7 my love for photographing construction sites, specifically, my love for the I-635 Construction Project. Late November 2012, I took this photo looking eastward on the 635 construction project. I went back to that same bridge today to see how far the project had come along. So I took a photo at the exact same spot, but it seemed they had gotten too far and the picture wasn't quite as dynamic as the first one. So I ran to the other side of the bridge and took today's photo looking westward.

I originally shot the photo landscape but just wasn't pleased with the picture, the column in the middle seemed to detract attention. I figured I could play that to my advantage and shoot portrait. I had difficulty getting under the bridge properly exposed without making the car lights too bright so I opted for a composite image. What this means is I took three separate photos, one for the highlights, one for the midtones, and one for the shadows, I then merged these into one document to get one image that would be properly exposed on all fronts. Each photo was taken with an aperture of f8.0 and an ISO of 200, the shutter speed varied in the three photos from 10 seconds, to 13 seconds, to 30 seconds.

Despite heavy traffic, I was able to get some nice light trails, meaning despite the short delays, traffic was still flowing.

You can view high resolution images on my flickr.


  • Camera: Nikon D5000
  • Lens: Kit 18-55mm
  • Focal Length: 18mm
  • Aperture: f8.0
  • Shutter: 10-30 sec
  • ISO: 200