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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!?)
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:
Red with a little green:
Red and white – I think the pattern is really cool, my favorite.
I decided to change the shutter speed to 3.2 seconds, which gives a larger black spoke.