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Offline lmilnes

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Light-trail Shots
« on: October 08, 2010, 09:14:41 PM »
Hi there everyone,

I'm looking for a little advice on the above. I went out tonight to try some light-trail photography with traffic for the first time. I found it pretty difficult to get right and didn't really come away with anything useful. My main issues were glare appearing from the street lamps, and quite noisey shots even at 100iso. I am shooting with an a200 with kit lens, I have a tripod and cable release.

Can anyone give some practical tips on this sort of photography? The sorts of ideal shutter speeds etc.

Many thanks,
Lewis

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Re: Light-trail Shots
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2010, 09:37:20 PM »
Depending on how bright the area you are shooting in, id start with a 2-3 sec exposures.
Try shooting just after the sun has gone down, then there will still be some colour in the sky and the noise shoudnt be as bad.
Make sure you have the lens hood attached and try shielding the hood in the direction the flare is coming from.


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Re: Light-trail Shots
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2010, 09:38:58 PM »
Thanks for the advice Rob, will give that a go!

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Re: Light-trail Shots
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2010, 02:30:02 AM »

Make sure you have the lens hood attached and try shielding the hood in the direction the flare is coming from.


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Very important what Rob said you will see a lot of Pro photographers for convenience most of the time they don't use the lens hoods. With the best lens and without the dedicate hood your results will be affected  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lens_hood
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Re: Light-trail Shots
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2010, 04:13:00 PM »
Thanks, I would normally use a hood but had been taking some sunsets earlier and forgot to take my cokin holder off, doh amateur mistake! :D

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Re: Light-trail Shots
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2010, 08:22:14 PM »
Ok so advice taken on-board had another try tonight.

Heres my second attempt, any thoughts?

DSC02657 by Lew M, on Flickr

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Re: Light-trail Shots
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2010, 09:04:45 PM »
All the problems that you mentioned above have been sorted.
I can see why you have framed the image in portrait orientation, but there isnt enough of the light trails to make the shot.
Would have perhaps been better in Landscape orientation.

I find with light trails that they need to lead you through the shot.
This one also lacks a decent sky, but the trails are what you want to aim for.
This was a 2 second exposure.




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Re: Light-trail Shots
« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2010, 11:20:31 PM »
Lewis

You've done well. Great exposure. Like the walking couple.  Great composition. Regarding the light trails, I agree with Rob, but all things considered, this is a good shot.

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Re: Light-trail Shots
« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2010, 12:32:28 PM »
I went from the `norm` when I took this on me hols earlier this year.



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Re: Light-trail Shots
« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2010, 01:17:37 PM »
Thanks very much Clive, advice taken on-board from both you and Rob, so thank you! It was actually hard getting enough light-trail in the shot, the cars thought I was a police speed-trap and kept almost slowing to a halt! :)

Gordon, I like your shot, what was producing this light trail? A boat?

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Re: Light-trail Shots
« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2010, 11:31:45 AM »
it was a large river cruiser, I heard it long before I saw it, as it was hosting a party and came from around the bend which is at the very back on the picture.

This was taken on the Norfolk Broads in August.......

I do quite like this one............
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Re: Light-trail Shots
« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2010, 06:21:33 PM »
I wouldnt worry about the hood on the kit lens as its the pointless hood ever.
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Re: Light-trail Shots
« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2011, 11:15:33 PM »
Thanks very much Clive, advice taken on-board from both you and Rob, so thank you! It was actually hard getting enough light-trail in the shot, the cars thought I was a police speed-trap and kept almost slowing to a halt! :)



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