Last night my neighbor and I headed out to Cooper River Park after Sunset. There, on a bridge which crosses the lazy river, we had a brilliant view of Center City Philadelphia 1. We’ve visited the location once before, and have been meaning to go back, but this was the first opportunity we’ve had since our last trip.

I was hoping for less clouds in the sky, but around sunset a thick cloud bank rolled in and transformed the colorful late afternoon into a drab grey. Still, the cluster of buildings which make up Center City were clear and we managed to get some good shots. My favorite is below.

Center City Skyline from Cooper River Park
Nikon D7000 with 18-105mm lens; ISO 800; 105 mm; ƒ/5.6; 1 sec

Just as I was about to pack up I noticed my neighbor had turned his camera to capture some light trails, and I joined him. I managed to capture several decent photos. None of these was as mystifying as the image below, which captures a New Jersey Transit as it crossed the bridge.

Light Trails of a Transit Bus.
Nikon D7000 with 18-105mm lens; ISO 100; 34mm; ƒ/8; 2 sec

It was a good way to spend the evening as the Summer vacation season comes to an end.

  1. Philly does not have a “downtown.” We have Center City. Also, a sandwich in a long Italian roll is a hoagie.