Sunday, March 25, 2012

Night pictures 1

After finishing the Art of Photography course, I was looking for some topics that were not covered by the course materials. One of them that I found especially interesting was night photography on longer shutter speed. 

I wanted to take some pictures of traffic streams, that would show the lights of cars in both directions - white and red colors. However, it appeared to be quite difficult to find appropriate point to take such pictures. In ideal situation this kind of shots should be taken on some distance from the road and preferably the road should turn and have nice background to result in a balanced composition. The other difficulty that I found in Tallinn was to find busy road with tight cars streams in both directions (to have the white and red color lines of the same density. It is getting dark at around 20.00 a.m. now in Tallinn and the roads are not busy at all at this time.

However, I accidentally found  and interesting subject to experiment on - trams. And the place where the trams are turning. Here are some of my attempts of taking pictures of trams on longer shutter speed.

Three of them I have turned into black and white, because they create some special mood without other colors.

55mm; f/9.0; 8 sec; ISO100 

...On slightly longer focal distance of 80mm:
 80mm; f/9.0; 8 sec; ISO100

...With slightly different composition...

80mm; f/9.0; 8 sec; ISO100 

... and tram moving in different direction, which allowed to take picture of front orange light... 

80mm; f/9.0; 8 sec; ISO100

I do not give up to find a proper location to take pictures of front and back car lights. Next time... 

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