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Inside, Looking Out...

By Robin_TB
My first ever attempt at a low light picture, and also my first use of Manual mode.

ISO 100
Exp 2.5 sec

Camera was tripod mounted and focused on the parked car and then I waited til another drove past.

Not the best picture ever but as a first try I'm quite pleased. Happy to take all critique, comments, hints and tips available to try and improve next time round.

Tags: Street photography Photo journalism Transport Landscape and travel Night and low light

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This photo is here for critique. Please only comment constructively and with suggestions on how to improve it.


13 Feb 2010 10:15AM
I like the trails on this, well captured.

But the whole surroundings of the car are a bit distracting for me, the Lamppost could have been cloned out?

Also, I am not sure if the side view works well? Maybe a lower down pov will make this more dynamic and get the trails clearer and a more composed image?


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saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
13 Feb 2010 10:35AM
nice shot.
Robin_TB 8 204 9 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2010 11:14AM
Thanks Scott,
I left the lamppost in as I was going for a street scene rather than a straight portrait of the Focus. I also thought it would explain the orange tint to the pic. However, on review I think you are right, the lamppost could have easily been left out of the shot and its fairly well known that street lamps are orange.

The pic was shot through an open upstairs window so I will have a go through the ground floor window or actually on the street to get a lower POV.

13 Feb 2010 11:20AM
always worth experimenting Rob -
DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2010 11:21AM
The exposure is good and the trails of the passing car have been well captured so, as an experiment, I think it's worked well.

I don't find the resulting photograph very interesting, though. If you forget about the trails for a moment, it's a fairly dull shot of a parked car that doesn't have much in the way of composition. The trails lift it a bit but it still seems like it's lacking something.

I'm sorry I can't come up with any constructive suggestions for improving this particular shot but I think you have a decent grasp of the technique so, really, it's just a matter of getting out there and taking more shots.
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
13 Feb 2010 11:36AM
it's good to try...great first effort Smile
Davesumner 11 28 300 Australia
13 Feb 2010 12:07PM
Bearing in mind all of the above and looking at the shot, it looks like you've taken it from your bedroom window. My suggestion would be to get down into the street and have a go with the cars coming towards or going away from you.

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3864 Canada
13 Feb 2010 10:57PM
I take it that is an experiment to see if you can manage a long rxposure, so not you know you can.

Some good advice already, - hers another dont place the car in the middle, - see mod.


Robin_TB 8 204 9 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2010 9:37PM
Thanks for the mod Willie and all the helpful pointers, will be trying again at some point. Smile

Diana 11 2.0k 19 Netherlands
17 Feb 2010 11:09PM
hey Robin, its a great first attempt, but if you get out in the street you'll get some better captures of light trails Wink

and try a smaller apperture too


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