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Light Trails

By Philo  
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.

Tags: Transport Leeds Light trails A58

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Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
14 Oct 2012 10:08PM
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.


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paulbroad 10 123 1243 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2012 10:52PM
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.

Philo 8 99 83 England
15 Oct 2012 6:28AM
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.
alistairfarrugia 5 164 88 Malta
16 Oct 2012 6:58AM
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.
Philo 8 99 83 England
17 Oct 2012 9:12AM
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!
Richsr 11 91 223 England
17 Oct 2012 11:01AM
Certainly looks a busy junction Phil Grin
good fun
Regards Richard
Philo 8 99 83 England
17 Oct 2012 11:24AM
Thanks, Richard, certainly good fun.
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
30 Oct 2012 6:29PM
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
Philo 8 99 83 England
30 Oct 2012 7:19PM
Thanks for the comments, Ade, and apologies for not mentioning McFade Training; I usually do!
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
30 Oct 2012 10:07PM
lol Wink

just don't get run over !

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