Returning to the scene of the crime

You know that saying about criminals returning to the scene of the crime? That’s kind-of what I did this week when I took this image of the M25 just after sunrise.

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Keen to experiment with a long exposure time, I returned to a spot where I took a night-time shot of the M25 rush-hour earlier this year. This time, however, I took the photo just after sunrise.

Back in January of this year, I took this image of the M25 at night time using a long exposure time.  This time I wanted to see what would happen if I took an image in similar conditions during daylight hours.

I guessed that if I tried this in the middle of the day, the image would have been entirely bleached so I took the image just after sunrise. I tried a number of different exposure times, but this one was given 30 seconds and it was the most striking of the shots I took.

It was taken from a bridge near junction five. Roughly speaking, The image is facing east and those are the mist-covered Surrey Hills you can see in the background.

There wasn’t a huge amount of traffic on the road so I’m quite surprised how busy it looks. I should add that it was raining and the odd drop of water did get on the lens but I am going to say it adds to the picture’s character!

As I often do on a Sunday, I have linked this image to the #MySundayPhoto linky hosted by the Photalife blog. I recommending clicking on the badge below if you would like to see photography produced by other bloggers.

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23 Comments

  1. November 5, 2017 / 6:58 am

    Very cool photo. Love how the red lights are pretty much all over the carriageway.

  2. November 5, 2017 / 7:18 am

    Hi John, excellent! I love these type of shots but have never had a go myself. It looks like I’m not the only one sneaking out whilst the family sleeps.

    xx

  3. November 5, 2017 / 8:48 am

    We’d like to experiment with long exposure times more. Great shot in the daytime! #MySundayPhoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 7, 2017 / 1:45 pm

      Hope you get the chance to experiment with long-exposure times. the winter evenings are perfect for it.

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 7, 2017 / 1:44 pm

      Now I think about it, neither have i! It’s a ghastly road, but photographs well.

  4. November 5, 2017 / 9:43 am

    So weird I was actually thinking of your first photo just a couple of days ago when I saw an Instagram account that specialises in this type of photo. I really want to try and capture it one day!

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 7, 2017 / 1:43 pm

      I hope you do capture it one day. You’ll need a tripod but otherwise a standard camera should do the trick!

  5. November 5, 2017 / 9:48 am

    Great photo, what is it about watching motorway traffic? There is a footbridge over the M25 between junction 8 and 9 that I cannot walk over without taking a snap

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 7, 2017 / 1:43 pm

      It is something about moving traffic isn’t it? I’m not sure why, but it is very photogenic.

  6. November 5, 2017 / 9:54 am

    Very cool and I love the way it’s come out. I need to try a few long exposures.

    Thank you for linking up

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 7, 2017 / 1:42 pm

      Good luck with your long-exposure shots Darren. They’re great fun when they go well.

  7. November 6, 2017 / 12:20 am

    I love the night shot but I think this one is more balanced and it looks like two distinct stripes, one yellow and one red

    Mollyx

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 7, 2017 / 1:42 pm

      Interesting you say that. I guess the night time shot is full of contrasts.

  8. November 6, 2017 / 8:33 am

    The lights excited me to do that experiment with my camera too. I had had such photos once I went to New Zealand. There were number of people those were waiting for New Zealand new year. Once clock rang, lights were flicking and fascinated my eyes. I got camera there and clicked photos as I didn’t want to miss that opportunity to fill my wall with those amazing light photos.

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 7, 2017 / 1:41 pm

      I hope you produced some amazing photos in New Zealand.

      • November 18, 2017 / 5:11 am

        Yeah actually, all are decorated in my room 🙂

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 7, 2017 / 1:39 pm

      I love experimenting with long-exposure shots. Glad you liked this one.

  9. November 7, 2017 / 11:31 pm

    I loved your nighttime shot but I think I like this one better. It does look busy with all the lights. Fabulous shot 🙂

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 8, 2017 / 10:56 am

      Thanks Louise. I’ll let you into a secret, I prefer the night time shot! This one, however, was more challenging to take.

  10. November 8, 2017 / 9:58 pm

    It looks great but I have no idea what long exposure is: I really need to work on my photography knowledge! #mysundayphoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 10, 2017 / 11:26 am

      Ha ha, it’s when you control the shutter so it stays open for longer. You do, however, need to have the camera mounted on a tripod or else you get camera shake.