Visiting six cities during the past three weeks has left me a bit travel-worn and woefully behind in my blog posting. But I’m energized after processing this recent shot I took during a photowalk arranged by Phoenix-based photographer Mike Olbinski (@MikeOlbinski). Mike generously organized the evening walk across the bridges of Tempe Town Lake and nearby environs. We had a good turnout for the walk and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting and sharing conversation with photographers whom I follow on Twitter. As Mike pointed out, the real aim of the walks, aside of snapping some brackets, is to get to know each other a little better.
The bridges and shoreline of Tempe Town Lake in Tempe, Arizona are a great venue for golden and blue hour shots — that fleeting period during late afternoon and twilight when scenery comes alive. This long, single-exposure shot: 15 seconds, f/16, ISO 200, tripod (a must!) captures the magical shimmer of the Mill Avenue bridge lights in the water. Purely by accident, I caught the light streak from an approaching aircraft.
As I now reflect on this photo and great evening I shared with like-minded photographers, I see this bridge imbued with greater significance. For me, it represents the link between online community and face-to-face fellowship. Thanks again, Mike for making this wonderful outing possible. Check out more photos taken by fellow photogs on the Flickr group Phoenix Photowalkers.