Kingsbridge Silhouettes—Lessons in Sunset.

As the sunset on Dublin, Monday a week ago (15 October 2018), I used my FujiFilm X-T1 to expose several series of silhouettes as LUAS trams crossed the old Kingsbridge (now formally Sean Heuston Bridge) over the River Liffey.

This 27mm view captures the whole scene. By contrast, the telephoto (90mm) views are more tightly focused on the tram and arch of the bridge.

My goal was to capture the rays of sun bursting through the windows of the tram cars.

I only had a few minutes where the sun was in the optimal position, and luckily LUAS was operating trams on short headways, so I had several opportunities.

My camera was set for ‘turbo flutter’ (continuous high or ‘ch’ on the left-hand dial) which exposes a rapid burst of images when pressing the shutter button.

90mm view.

This is my favorite of the more than three dozen exposures I made.

By exposing for the sky and sun, I allowed the shadows to become an inky black. Using the smallest aperture (f22 on my 90mm lens) creates the sunburst effect while also allowing for better definition of the sun in the sky.

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