For the last couple of months I have been a fairly lazy photographer, not getting out much to take photos and any photos I have been taken have been from our condo balcony. With no plans lined up the last two days I thought I would get out and hit a couple of pedestrian bridges in Calgary that I have driven under hundreds of times but never been on.
The first one is at the top of Mcleod Trail as you exit downtown going south. I arrived 30 minutes prior to sunset and got setup, next time I would plan to arrive 15-20 minutes later as most of the good shots happened after sunset. I wanted to get some headlight trails so used a variable ND filter to get the long shutter speeds required. The sky was not as dramatic as I was hoping for but I am fairly happy with the results. Below is my favourite shot from the session.
The second bridge I wanted to check out is on Bow Trail as you exit downtown to the west. The plan was to head out there first thing in the morning for sun rise. I arrived there 30 minutes prior to sunrise. Unfortunately the sky was fairly cloudless. I knew this before heading out but then thought why not. Probably should have stayed in bed...
While setting up the tripod the camera lens barely brushed up against the railing but this was enough to pop off the lens hood. There was a ledge that it came to rest on, but there was no way for me to retrieve it. I did go back with a golf ball retriever but unfortunately it fell down below before I returned. Here it is taunting me for the rest of the morning:
I Eventually started taking photos until I realized I hadn't put my memory card back in the camera. I guess the coffee had not kicked in yet, but fortunately I had an extra one in the bag. I only took ~20 photos as the lighting wasn't the best as the sky was too plain. The best of the bunch is below. The next time I go to this spot I think I will try the evening, or actually look at the weather to ensure a more dramatic sky.