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Traffic Lights at Twilight

By mikebrowne  
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.

Tags: Blur London City Lights Night photography Transport Traffic Night Big ben Twilight Light trails Houses of parliament Car lights Landscape and travel Flash and lighting Car light trails Blurry lights

Voters: stanleyj, colin, Alec1 and 30 more

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colin 13 697 5 Scotland
6 Sep 2008 4:21PM
Superb image. Caught perfectly, although perhaps the bus number plate is bit too bright - not sure?!?

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Alec1 10 4 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2008 4:26PM
Super capture. Alec
KarlC 11 17 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2008 4:28PM
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!
tsmith 9 England
6 Sep 2008 4:44PM
Great shot, lovely light trails. Tracy
love the bus very clever
excellent,well taken.ray
jdenman 9 18 5 Spain
6 Sep 2008 4:51PM
Super exposure on this.
harrattp 11 11 4 England
6 Sep 2008 5:16PM
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.

MNPHOTO 9 1 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2008 10:12PM
great work
Costy 10 483 6 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2008 8:53AM
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
gcarth 13 2.9k 1 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2008 8:09PM
Excellent composition. Loads of impact.

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.
Wow! Love the movement in this shot fantastic.

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