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Taken 20-May-13
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Category:Architecture and Structures
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Keywords:Black Rock, Black Rock Canal, Buffalo, Buffalo NIagara, Ferry Street, NY, New York, Niagara River, Robert RIch, Robert Rich Way, Squaw Island, Western New York, blue sky, bridge, bridge silhouette, canal, car, colors, light trail, long exposure, new name, night, night sky, silhouette, steel, street, structure, tail light
Photo Info

Dimensions4000 x 2666
Original file size4.41 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken20-May-13 21:46
Date modified23-May-13 23:20
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D600
Focal length85 mm
Focal length (35mm)85 mm
Max lens aperturef/4.4
Exposure30s at f/8
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Aperture priority
ISO speedISO 160
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Blue NIght over Squaw Island Bridge, Robert Rich Way, Black Rock Canal, Buffalo, New York (NY).

Blue Night over Squaw Island Bridge

NIghts are not always black. Our cities cause light pollution and our cameras with their long exposures can see better in the dark than we can. As a result, the night sky may be far from black, as is the case in this photograph.

I was walking on the Bird Island Pier heading back towards Squaw Island and the bridge caught my attention from distance. Its steel frame stood out very distinctly against the night sky, the reflection was clear since the lack of wind left Black Rock Canal motionless. And the distant lights provided a hint of gold between the bridge and its reflection.

I walked closer, framed my shot, and noticed a fw cars about to leave the island. What a great addition! I made sure to keep the camera's shutter open long enough to capture the whole trail of the cars' tail lights. It all came together very nicely!

The Squaw Island Bridge on Robert Rich Way (previously West Ferry Street) in Buffalo, NY is a lift bridge, or a bascule bridge and crosses the Black Rock Canal (I've also seen references to Black Rock Channel) that runs parallel to the Niagara River in Buffalo, NY. It provides access to the Squaw Island and its Broderick Park and the Bird Island Pier. The park is under construction as of this writing and repairs are also scheduled for the pier.