• Jan Hunter

Night Photography & Light Trails

I was always conscious that I lived close to Newcastle Upon Tyne, one of the most iconic cities in the UK, with its multiple bridges and all within walking distance of each other. It was this that, that took me to the Newcastle Quayside one cold January afternoon to watch the sun go down and then to meander around the bridges looking for that position to enable me to get stunning photos of the bridges.


Hats and gloves were the order of the day as that typical North East wind was blowing up the river directly at me! However the river was fairly calm and the reflections from the multiple light sources reflected all around me to help create an amazing cityscape begging to be photographed.


Walking underneath the Tyne Bridge gave me a very different perspective of a bridge I had travelled over many times. Being underneath allowed me to see the cold steel work, the rivets and more lights and their reflections. I headed up towards the Keep to take up a position at the High Level Bride. My thoughts here was a long exposure photograph with a double decker bus entering the bridge. Exposure time was critical as was my timing to hit the shutter button!


Moving to the centre of the bridge, I overlooked the River Tyne and three of the best bridges in the world… IMHO!! I went for various photos from this position with my main thinking being to change the composition to give different perspectives of the bridges. By chance as I went for long exposure again, I was also able to add more light trails to the photo for added interest.


If you'd like to learn the techniques used to capture these images, why not join us for a Light Trails & Night Photography walk?


Iain Reynolds

Going Digital North-East

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