Returning to the scene of the crime

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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!

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23 thoughts on “Returning to the scene of the crime”

  1. 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.


  2. 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!

  3. 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.

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

    1. 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.

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