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Taken 30-Jul-12
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Category:Architecture and Structures
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Keywords:Barge Canal, Buffalo, Buffalo Niagara, Erie Canal, New York, New York Central, New York State, Niagara River, North Tonawanda, Swing Bridge, Tonawanda, Tonawanda Creek, Upstate New York, Western New York, bridge, canal, colors, creek, historic, historic bridge, late night, light trail, long exposure, night, night photo, night sky, railroad, railroad, reflection, river, slow shutter, transportation, water
Photo Info

Dimensions3729 x 2486
Original file size4.89 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken30-Jul-12 21:43
Date modified31-Jul-12 21:42
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D200
Focal length32 mm
Focal length (35mm)48 mm
Max lens aperturef/4.1
Exposure300.7s at f/11
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias-1/3 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 100
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Tonawanda Creek / Erie Canal Railroad Swing Bridge connecting Tonawanda and North Tonawanda, New York (NY).

Tonawanda Creek / Erie Canal Swing Bridge

New York Central Railroad Bridge B18-A in North Tonawanda (just north of Buffalo), New York built around 1892 to service the industries that used to exist in this section of Tonawanda. The industries shut down during the 1960s and 70s and the bridge has been inactive since. The bridge crosses Tonawanda Creek from Tonawanda to North Tonawanda.

The creek connects Erie Canal, also known as New York State Barge Canal, to the Niagara River and as such is often referred to as the canal. Heading up the stream, the Tonawanda Creek and the Erie Canal split at Pendelton between Depeau Park and Amherst Museum Colony Park. Tonawanda Creek is then heading towards roughly towards Akron, NY. The Erie Canal is heading towards Lockport, NY. The canal construction began in 1817 and concluded in 1825.

The photo is taken about an hour after sunset (9:42PM for the photo, 8:36 PM for the sunset). While the colors usually peak within about 30 minutes of the sunset as seen by human eyes, the long exposures allow the camera to pick up enough light and color even when it looks really dark. During this 5-minute exposure some boats entered the creek from the Niagara River and provided some additional foreground light and light trails.