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Hyper-drive home

By tolle13
I posted a similar image in the critique gallery and it was suggested that I try to get a better focus on at least one object in the shot, I have had another go and think I've improved on the first attempt but I'm interested in others views.

Taken in the Queensway tunnel beneath the River Mersey, I was trying to capture both the feeling of movement and some light trails.

Tags: General Motion blur Long explosure

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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3877 Canada
5 Apr 2013 3:44PM
How did you set this up? You need to be using a solid support that moves with the car; you need to use AI Servo autofocus mode, and focus on the car in front. Best done imo with twp people, one concentrating on driving, the other the camera. Tilt the camera down a little to include the speedo, tach, etc for a more interesting shot. The key is to get it as sharp as possible.



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Willie, this was set up on my tripod sitting over the passenger seat and a cable release, camera set to manual focus, infinity and a 2 sec exposure time. Will give it another go soon using your recommended technique - thanks for the advice.

alistairfarrugia 5 164 88 Malta
5 Apr 2013 6:12PM
Quick mod, cropped to square and positioned the subject less centrally. Love the lines on this one, and I think a square crop makes it more slightly more dynamic. It might reduce the "drama" of it all, but I think the original upload had a lot of blank space in proportion to the in-focus area. Plus, the square gives it a touch more abstract look in my opinion. Just my 2 cents anyway!

Regardless of the above, I think it's a great shot. Makes me itch to try some long-exposures myself! So well done!
Thanks Alistair, like the crop and agree about the dynamism.

paulbroad 10 123 1240 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2013 2:36PM
You are in a moving vehicle, itself moving in all three dimensions. Any long exposure will not give anything sharp. The only possibility is a gyroscopic support used for video And they are expensive. Not sure about the final effect even then.

I applaud the attempt, but I think camera stationary, traffic moving is a better bet.

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1927 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2013 5:32PM
You're a steady driver, for two seconds exposure the lines are remarkably clean!
Alistair's crop is spot on. This essentially is an abstract, and linear abstracts often 'sit' best within a square crop. With landscape and portrait, the eye is directed to move in a certain direction - left to right, or up/down. With square that direction is lacking so the eye is more free to explore.
In Alistair's crop you have a strong dominant rising diagonal - that will generally give a dynamic, upbeat feel - plus it hits the top right corner of the frame which is always satisfyingly tidy in effect. It's like a search beam probing the sky.
alistairfarrugia 5 164 88 Malta
6 Apr 2013 5:53PM
Moira captured exactly what I was after with the square crop. Glad you like it. Wink

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