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capital wheel

The Washington National Harbor is the home of The Capital Wheel (yes, we rode it at night, it was awesome).   The wheel is covered in color changing LED lights, these shots are captured at different points in the light sequence.

This is a ‘normal’ hand-held shot with a reasonable fast shutter speed. I liked the reflection in the water, so this is my contribution to Weekend Reflections #325 (James, has it really been over 6 years!?)

capitol wheel

I knew I wanted to get some long exposures, but I forgot my tripod, so I improvised using a retaining wall.

To get these shots, I estimated each spoke required about 5 seconds to reach the next position, so I put the camera in shutter priority, dialed in 5 seconds, put a 2 second delay on the shutter and went nuts. It might sound complicated, but it’s REALLY easy to do this. Try it sometime.

The reason you see the black spokes is that it took a little more than 5 seconds for each spoke to make it to the next spot. I like the effect, so I left the shutter alone. I would have done longer exposures, but there were people walking in front of us, so I had to time the exposures to avoid the people.

Here’s green with a little red:

capitol wheel

Red with a little green:

capitol wheel

Red and white – I think the pattern is really cool, my favorite.

capitol wheel

I decided to change the shutter speed to 3.2 seconds, which gives a larger black spoke.

capitol wheel


11 thoughts on “capital wheel

  1. Andy says:

    Awesome night shots Wayne. I find it fun and interesting experimenting with different camera settings.

  2. Valerie says:

    Beautiful shots, love the first one especially.

  3. marsha says:

    wow- amazing reflections! I especially like the first one also…

  4. Nicol says:

    Wonderful reflections!

  5. Impressive contribution, a great reflection!
    I love these shots, well done.
    This is my post
    Have a harmonious Christmas time
    Greetings from Germany

  6. Jim says:

    Beautiful reflections.

  7. TheChieftess says:

    Way cool!!! Love the reflection in the first shot too!!! Fun!!!

  8. Molly says:

    These are absolutely BRILLIANT. Well done you


  9. James says:

    Very impressive shots! Yep, it’s hard to believe that Weekend Reflections has been around for over 6 years. 😮