Some shots of traffic motion through intersections on 47th Street on the Plaza, taken for my traffic signal and intersection photo project for Rhythm Engineering.
One final shot after I finished what I needed of the KCFD parked in front of Barnes and Noble. While I was getting my settings together a huge stream of people went in and out of the doors – and I wanted to get that captured with a motion blur of a couple second shutter opening, but didn’t manage to nab it by the time it happened, so this is what I was left with…
I’m working on a project with the creative director at Rhythm Engineering, one of Kansas City’s fastest growing young companies – and designers of advanced “self-optimizing” traffic lights. On Thursday we shot a number of photos downtown and the Plaza. These are wide-angle and fisheye lens shots of local intersections with an emphasis placed on movement and flowing traffic – although I still need to hit up the Plaza today (Saturday) while it’s busier with people on the sidewalks and so-forth. Once all the shots are compiled and picked, they’re to be used for Rhythm’s marketing, advertising, and graphics uses.
For all eleven of these, I was shooting at a very low ISO of 50 and narrow apertures between f/18 and f/22, all to slow the shutter speed down to between a fifth and a tenth of a second so that the moving traffic would appear blurred, and thus help convey a sense of motion.
On Sunday for a couple hours I gathered some intersection and traffic signal photos as preliminary work for scouting locations and finding types of compositions that a new client is looking for. They design self-optimizing traffic lights and we’re working on producing some promotional and marketing material. These photos are trying to emphasize green traffic signals in relatively busy intersections. I used a step-stool for some of these to get up closer.