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Put into practice

Gary66 > Gary66 Blog > Put into practice
27/11/2012 - 6:04 PM

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I have been researching more about different functions on my camera and with the help on here and a trip to the library for some reading matter on the subject i decided to put theory into practice.
Using ISO set at 200 and F8.0 I went out to take some shots of passing cars and this is what I achieved, trail lights which i had hoped for, I did alter the F number occassionally.
Like to hear what you think.

Photos 1&2 were taken from inside my house.

This was taken just outside my front door (wall acting as stabiliser)

These photos were taken along side the main road, cold and windy, i have no tripod so used a railing but still had trouble with the wind.

Thanks for viewing, comments or tips welcome Smile



This is the perfect way to get to know your camera, keep varying the settings and seeing the effects.

personally for a light trail photo i'd like to see more DOF f11 to F16 maybe and more light in the frame stand/zoom closer etc.

Good luck with the next outing.

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Gary66  3158 forum posts England
28 Nov 2012 - 2:54 PM

Unfortunately being a beginner with a compact camera my F range only goes up to 8
if you have any assignments you can give with certain settings, i would love to give it a go (providing you have time) Thanks Stuart.


Then F8 is perfect Gary Smile Auto focus must be hard with this but your getting great results for the camera.

Assignments could be lots of things but for light trails, filling the frame with more light would be a good place to start. so as long as you are safe, try and get more lights into the frame - either nearer junctions or above bridges etc.
One other possible challenge here could be to move the camera mid exposure - say you find a dark place with few streetlights, with the camera on tripod/wall etc. start the exposure then after say 4 secs in an 8 sec exposure - move the camera quickly to a 2nd position, even just twist it a bit - try and get the light trails converging in a pleasing way. the street background will be a ghostly mix of the 2 scenes - that's why its good to keep it quite dark. This may or may not work but it depends on the scene you find.

Good luck but watch out if you are walking around at night.

Gary66  3158 forum posts England
28 Nov 2012 - 8:17 PM

Thanks Stuart.

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