Urban landscapes: where the bridge goes

CENTRE STREET BRIDGE AND DOWNTOWN CALGARY, ALBERTA

It’s a tricky thing to capture this scene at just the right time. That time is ‘blue hour’ – after sunset, but before all the light disappears from the sky – and when the buildings are still fully illuminated. I pulled it off here; the only thing that would have heightened this scene’s impact further would be open water on the Bow River (instead of merely the sliver of water you see here).
In this western Canadian city, achieving ALL these things is quite difficult, since Calgary is 1,000 metres above sea level so the river usually comes close to entirely freezing. (And there’s no point in trying this scene during summer; the sun sets so late that most of the building lights are turned off by the time ‘blue hour’ arrives.) Still, I’m pretty darn happy with this photo.  🙂
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter.

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