Sunday, October 30, 2016

Transport choices

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Cities are getting better at offering transport choices to people. After decades in which the car pushed other forms of transport aside, except in very major or capital cities, the gridlock that their success achieved has led to planners and citizens providing and demanding alternatives. Seville, from what I have, is making good progress in this area.Cycle paths are at the edge of many major roads, a self-service bike-sharing cycle scheme is in operation and well used. Moreover, trams have made an appearance in recent years. Buses are plentiful and inexpensive. Motor scooters are widely used and the car is common, though the old part of the city isn't suitable for them - too many narrow roads with sharp turns. Interestingly a wide variety of Segways, hoverboards, electric scooters and roller blades can be seen, not surprising, I suppose, in a flat city.

Today's photograph was one of a few I gathered when shooting into the early morning sun. I chose this one to post because of the transport options it features - tram, shared cycle and roller blades. Whenever you take shots contre jour, particularly if the sun's disc is in the frame, you are never quite in full control. Blown highlights and, especially if you are using a zoom lens, flare can be expected. This shot has those features, but I quite like it nonetheless.

photograph and text © Tony Boughen

Photo Title: Transport Choices, Seville
Camera: Olympus E-M10
Mode: Aperture Priority
Focal Length: 14mm (28mm - 35mm equiv.)
F No: f6.3
Shutter Speed: 1/1250 sec
Exposure Compensation: -0.3 EV
Image Stabilisation: On