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I have been having a dabble at light trails in Leeds city centre so here is a couple of offerings. One thing I did learn was that buses make the best light trails as in V1.
Looking forward to lots of useful advice.
Phil

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:9 Oct 2012 - 9:32 PM
Focal Length:66mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.3
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:13sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Tungsten
Title:Light Trails
Username:Philo Philo
Uploaded:14 Oct 2012 - 4:08 PM
Tags:A58, Leeds, Light trails, Transport
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Jestertheclown
14 Oct 2012 - 10:08 PM

Hi Phil,
I haven't done one of these since I was using an Olympus OM40!
I'm in two minds about them these days.
I prefer V2 here because it's less, erm, 'cluttered.' The light trails are more random in V1.
In both cases, I think that I'd crop a bit from the bottom and from the RHS to lose the traffic light.
For what it's worth, I hope this helps.

Bren.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
14 Oct 2012 - 10:52 PM

I prefer V1, better defined light trails. possibly needs a touch less exposure or just a bit darker in preocessing. I assume the light trails from busses are due to them travelling rather slower.

Paul

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Philo
Philo e2 Member 487 forum postsPhilo vcard England83 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2012 - 6:28 AM

Bren, I will have a look at your crop suggestions. Paul, yes the shots were slightly overexposed; it is quite hard to judge. Buses produce better trails because they are lit up inside and have low and high level lights.
Thanks guys.
Phil

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alistairfarrugia Critique Team 2164 forum posts Malta88 Constructive Critique Points
16 Oct 2012 - 6:58 AM

With these kind of shots, I think another thing to consider is street lighting and the names of hotels/shops and the like - when these are lit, you risk ending up with burnt out highlights in that area. In your photo, the blue neon, the traffic lights and the street lamp all burned up pretty well (V1 especially), losing some detail. My tip would be to try and take the picture in an area where such fixed lighting is even less visible, so that the illumination showing in the photo would be purely light trails from the traffic. The facade of buildings would still be illuminated from the light coming from car's headlamps.

Regardless, I still prefer V1, as V2 is a bit too simplistic and the cropping of the top edge of Premier Inn doesn't appeal to me.

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Philo e2 Member 487 forum postsPhilo vcard England83 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2012 - 9:12 AM

I sort of agree with you, Alastair, but lights will always be burnt out to some extent due to their relative brightness. Not sure about shooting in areas with no lights, I imagine I would end up with a very dark image. The only way to find out though is to give it a try!
Thanks,
Phil

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Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England211 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2012 - 11:01 AM

Certainly looks a busy junction Phil Grin
good fun
Regards Richard

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Philo e2 Member 487 forum postsPhilo vcard England83 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2012 - 11:24 AM

Thanks, Richard, certainly good fun.
Phil

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ade_mcfade e2 Member 1015116 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2012 - 6:29 PM

static stuff adds to the shot... just light trails and darkness can be pretty boring, so having those signs lit up adds to the location and general interest Smile

1 for me - loads going on, makes oyu look around the scene - love the underside of the bridge

feel free to plug McFade Training on any shots up upload from a workshop Wink

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Philo e2 Member 487 forum postsPhilo vcard England83 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2012 - 7:19 PM

Thanks for the comments, Ade, and apologies for not mentioning McFade Training; I usually do!
Phil

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ade_mcfade e2 Member 1015116 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2012 - 10:07 PM

lol Wink

just don't get run over !

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