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Blurry car light trails can look great but you need a good location to get an interesting composition.

Taken at 'magic hour' when the sky is deep blue just before going black, this was shot from a mini tripod on about five seconds exposure. The ghostly bus image was achieved by firing a flash at minus two stops at the start of the exposure.

This image was taken specifically for our downloadable photography course, Digital Photography Exposed.

Camera:Nikon D70 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Sigma 12-24mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Traffic Lights at Twilight
Username:mikebrowne mikebrowne
Uploaded:6 Sep 2008 - 4:18 PM
Tags:Big ben, Blur, Blurry lights, Car light trails, Car lights, City, Flash / lighting, Houses of parliament, Landscape / travel, Light trails, Lights, London, Night, Night photography, Traffic, Transport, Twilight
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colin
colin  10697 forum posts Scotland5 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2008 - 4:21 PM

Superb image. Caught perfectly, although perhaps the bus number plate is bit too bright - not sure?!?
Colin

Last Modified By colin at 6 Sep 2008 - 4:22 PM

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Alec1
Alec1  6 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2008 - 4:26 PM

Super capture. Alec

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KarlC
KarlC  8 United Kingdom17 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2008 - 4:28 PM

Brilliant Mike! I agree with Colin about the number plate, I'd be tempted to tone it down a bit - wonder what it's like cloned out?

Anyhow, gets my vote - Click!
Karl

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tsmith
tsmith  6 England
6 Sep 2008 - 4:44 PM

Great shot, lovely light trails. Tracy

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Charlie_Bailey

love the bus very clever

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raygregson
raygregson e2 Member 6raygregson vcard United Kingdom
6 Sep 2008 - 4:48 PM

excellent,well taken.ray

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jdenman
jdenman  6 Spain5 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2008 - 4:51 PM

Super exposure on this.
John

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harrattp
harrattp  7 England4 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2008 - 5:16 PM

I have seen one very similar to this in a magazine I think. However, this image beats it hands down. Absolutely stunning shot. I keep coming back to look at this image, I HAVE got to have a go at this as I think it is awesome. Getting an award as my wife has just reminded me I can.

Paul

Last Modified By harrattp at 6 Sep 2008 - 5:19 PM

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MNPHOTO  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2008 - 10:12 PM

great work

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Costy
Costy  7483 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2008 - 8:53 AM

Its a good capture and the time of day was chosen perfectly, as was the exposure time. However, I would have keft the flash out. I think this would look better with the trails but without the transparent bus image. Just my opinion. Ryan

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gcarth e2 Member 102293 forum postsgcarth vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Sep 2008 - 8:09 PM

Excellent composition. Loads of impact.

Garth

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spadxiii1918
11 Oct 2008 - 7:17 PM

Hi Mike, nice piece of work, well put together.
ps like the rest of your gallery as well.

Ho, and thanks for your award on one of my pics.
Mark

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shoppingdolly
11 Oct 2008 - 7:56 PM

Wow! Love the movement in this shot fantastic.

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