Blue hour on Tempe Town Lake

Posted by on Jun 23, 2011 in Essays, Photography, Travel | 6 Comments

Mill Avenue Bridge, Tempe Town Lake, Tempe, AZ
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.

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  1. Mike Olbinski
    June 23, 2011

    Beautiful work man, I really like this and that airplane trail is pretty slick! Had a great time meeting you and glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Kristi Hines
    June 23, 2011

    Nice shot from the photo walk! 🙂

  3. Jim Denham
    June 24, 2011

    Beautiful work Chris! Great reflections!

  4. Toad Hollow Photography
    June 24, 2011

    Wow, this is breathtaking Chris! I am so stoked you had a chance to meet and hang out with Mike, that must have been awesome! I just love the reflections you’ve captured here in this image, and the composition is very dramatic. Wonderful work, my friend!

  5. Barbara Youngleson
    June 27, 2011

    This is just dreamy Chris. You’ve wrapped the bridge in shades of blue and gold and kept our eyes focused within the frame with that extraordinary jet light trail. It sounds as though the whole evening was a memorable experience!

  6. Viveca Koh
    June 29, 2011

    That’s beautiful Chris, so serene and calming, the colours are so gentle and the jet trail is reminiscent of a shooting star – luscious.


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