I know I know it’s another blooming BlueStream, but I just can’t help it. You know I get these infatuations with certain trucks and I certainly have the blues at the moment. On my way home down the A12 to Colchester and just as I’m about to come off at my junction there is this lay by which is where the 300 yard marker is for the junction. The lay by was empty and it’s a very clear night, I saw the back end of a very smart frigo trailer and the unmistakeable blue shine at the front end.. I went home and told the wife that I would be pooping out about 10pm once the traffic on the A12 quietened down. For what ever reason Mrs Blog doesn’t bat an eyelid when I say I’m going back to a darkened lay by, she knows why. For what ever reason my passion for trucks over takes and I just have to go back and try and get a photo.
Now a truck photo in a lay by isn’t too much of a problem, or so you would think;
- The truck is at the end of the lay by
- The street lights are in the centre of the carriageway and finish about half way along the layby
- The layby is a drive through one with a small kerb separating it from the carriageway
- There is no light on the front grill of the truck
- My camera needs a tripod to take night photos
- There is still lots of traffic
- I don’t want the police to turn up thinking I’m about to run out on front of the traffic!
I managed to get some tips on how to use my camera through the Canon G12 group on Facebook. I still,have Mr Jensen Chua’s instructions saved on my phone and as you can see he knows his sh*t. They have come out quite well. All these photos have a 15 second exposure as there was no light at the front of the truck. Placing my camera on a tripod on the outside edge of the kerb of the lay by was the greatest idea nor was putting the camera in the middle of the drive through lane of the lay by………..but it was worth it, I’m very pleased with the results. Thanks Jensen and thanks to Neil Jarrold who suggested using the car lights to help, so I put the reverse lights on the car, in order to put a little light on the front grill.
I think the reason why I love the BlueStream so much is purely the colour. I seem to get blinkered by a gorgeous shade of blue and it seems to just lure me in. Romance isn’t dead Richie! Helped by being attached to a 730hp Scania V8 in this case, it really is a top looking motor. My only thoughts are it must look even more awesome all lit up, pity the driver was already in bed. The BlueStreams are available worldwide, but I wonder if this is the only one operated out of Czech Republic??