Note: Every photo uploaded in this particular blog is taken straight out of camera. From RAW file to Jpeg without minor tweaks. So please bear with the quality.
It didn't seem like anything special. At least, not as good as the oval over-pass. But that was looking from a distance. When I got up, I was puzzled by the design of this "other" over-pass. It had thick arcs in the middle, made for billboards. Along with the snow, it was the pattern that attracted me. And since I was already there, I might as well take some shots.
At the photo above, as I was shooting, posed myself and tried to be very still for the rest of the 30 seconds, some people passed by. I thought, "Oh great, they're gonna shake my tripod or worse, stand in front of it to gawk at me sitting in the middle of their path. Fortunately, none of those happened. They just slowly passed by as they stare at me for a while. I'm used to that reaction. But I'm more worried about what comes out of the shot. To my surprise, they didn't show up at all. Either I sat there too long that I didn't realize the shot was done way before the people passed by, or the shutter was so long that it didn't capture the people walking.
But wait! What's that in the sky? Why is the light pollution so strong? Why is it more prominent than the last time? I stared at my preview screen for a couple seconds more and it dawned on me. BLUE HOUR! I can see the sky getting a bit brighter and more blue than black. I got really excited but panicked at the same time. I panicked because I might not be able to get to the first over-pass before the sky gets too bright. So all I could think of was find a subject as quickly as possible. Walking to the edge of the over-pass, I found a church. But most importantly, I can literally see the sky turning blue. Time wass running out!
Again, that annoying duck caught my eye. And since it's a bit late for any deep blue sky at this time, I thought of taking another pic of this duck for fun.
So that was it. The blue hour started at about 6:45 am to 7:00 am. Could be extended to 7:15 am with some tweaking on the settings. But I was told that the span of time changes every day and it gets longer or shorter, depending on the time of the year. I realized that these are but a small amongst the many things that landscape photographers learn. And for me, who neglected to read much about it, I suffered the cold, hunger, frustrations, and fatigue, and pain, that I could have avoided.
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