Awesome long-exposure photo shows 80,000 people leaving Wembley Stadium in the UK [Amazing Photo of the Day]

Wembley Stadium was originally 1923 in Wembley Park, in the Borough of Brent, London, England. It was demolished in 2003 and a new Wembley Stadium was built in the same place until 2007. On March 9, 2007 the new Wembley Stadium — which is primarily a football (soccer) stadium but has been used for various other events like concerts and American football — opened with a capacity of 90,000 people.

The following is a long-exposure photo of thousands of people leaving Wembley Stadium. Check it out:


It isn’t entirely clear the time interval for the long-exposure but, still, it must have been a while… yet those police officers are amazing still for most of the time.

[via Reddit]

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  • greg


    I see that now. So the photographer did a time exposure with a flash at the end?

  • Mr.Dave

    Couldn’t have been a very long time exposure, the lone star in the sky didn’t move a bit. In fact, the whole image looks computer-generated – good talent using a paint program with good brush controls. Interesting and with great imagination, but nothing has any sharp definition. Am I way off on this? Can’t figure out how to search for similar images on Google tonight….

  • Ashraf

    @Ch(A)osproduction: That explanation actually makes a lot of sense. Thanks!

  • Ch(A)osproduction

    The crowd flow is coming from top to bottom.
    The Police is standing still, exept those on horses which is moving towards the crowd to split them up in different directions..
    Therefore the yellow stripes in the picture..
    What mentioned as sneakers is infact protection on the horeses hoves hanging there in the picture :)

  • Ashraf

    @BeeGee: Hard to tell but the stadium is at the top of the photo and the photo caption says “leaving”, so I assume the flow is top to bottom (in terms of the photo).
    @Seamus McSeamus: Yeah, I would agree.
    @greg: Good points.

  • greg

    “…but, still, it must have been a while… ”

    Maybe not…. the other people in the shot (above the crowd to left and right) didn’t move much at all, and you can follow some of the people tracks. I am sure the police can stand still, but the horses? Near the lower right, I can see 5 “footsteps” (looks like sneakers).

  • Seamus McSeamus


    Since the police officers (event staff?) are facing away from the camera, I’m guessing the crowd flow is from top of frame to bottom.

  • BeeGee

    Terrific photo!

    Thanks for this and all the other Amazing photos (and other great stuff) you provide for our enjoyment and knowledge.

    As I look at this, I guess I need to ask which way is the crowd is flowing, top to bottom or bottom to top? And, how can you tell: is it by the motion in the photo or by our assumptions about which way the police would face if they were in the middle of the flow?

    Just asking . . .