Show me your light trails

posted March 23rd, 2012
Hello everyone, this is my first time starting a topic, ooh exciting! Well I am new to this (almost 2 months in) and am very much a novice with a camera but have been trying to learn and haven't done a single shot on the automatic setting since the start of my project.
Something I'm fascinated by though are light trails so I'd like to see yours and perhaps hear about how you set them up. I've seen a few pictures of light trails and lots of people always ask about the set up for them so I thought it would be nice to have a centralised place with some info for people wanting to give it a go.

I tried one yesterday that I'm not overly thrilled with as you can't see the detail of the flower but I'm definitley going to keep trying with them.

posted March 23rd, 2012
Also given that I've asked for explanations of how you shot yours I should probably tell you how I did mine.

I did it in a dark room and set the camera on manual. I did a five second exposure although perhaps some of my 8 second exposure shots were better. I set the aperture to f2 to let in the maximum amount of light and I used a mini maglite to trace shapes around my subject. That's it. Fairly simple set up but the results can be quite striking. I might have another play tonight.
posted March 23rd, 2012
@hasselhotch Great shot David, worth a follow for sure. I haven't attempted a manual light trail as yet, it's on the to-do list along with water crowns.

For what it's worth however, could you not get a little more detail on the flower by 'light painting' it up a little bit, or you could take two exposures and combine them using layers in PS?
posted March 23rd, 2012
@sporter85 That's a good idea, but I'm not quite that advanced with PS :-s
It is the darkness of the flower that disappoints me the most with this shot as the lack of detail is a shame. Thanks for the tip.
posted March 23rd, 2012
@hasselhotch PS isn't too much to be afraid of, once I got my head round my latest shot I could process again in 5-10mins or so.

I reckon standing off camera and shining a little diffused light on the flower heads should bring out the detail though
posted March 23rd, 2012
Here's a couple of mine



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@hasselhotch
1: try it in raw, you will be able to get much more detail later. And also, enhance the lighting.
2: Light trails are difficult. I tried so hard to do one like this (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sashafujin/4042789657/), but never quite managed. I did not post here because i wasn't satisfied with my result.
posted March 23rd, 2012
My attempt at car trails, no manual ones as yet...

posted March 23rd, 2012
I was interested to discover that my biggest challenge as I stood on a footbridge was that the infrastructure shook every time a large vehicle rumbled beneath it!

posted March 23rd, 2012
I haven't had much success with the car light trails but recently did this shot which I am really happy with:

posted March 23rd, 2012
These are done with lens zoom or camera movement during the exposure rather than moving the light source. There's a link under the first photo to more of them on my FBook page.



posted March 23rd, 2012
these I drew with a set of clip on bicycle lights like these
http://www.mintgadgets.com/sport-gadgets/cycling-gadgets/clip-on-bike-led-lights/







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Mine are simple long exposures, both with a bit of selective colour added.
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My son:


An orb at the cathedral:
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Some fun:


A wheel thing:


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The infamous night at the wreck:


Brisbane:
posted March 23rd, 2012
mine is a little display light from a Christmas box & me wiggling it around which the camera on firework setting :)
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here is mine from day 12 of my project.
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Achieved by waving, shaking and wiggling my iPhone around while shooting.

The best of the rest are on flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bradsworld/sets/72157624660977350
posted March 23rd, 2012
f/8 30secs

f/5.6 8secs
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This is a candle.....used about a 6 second exposure at F10 and just wiggled the camera around.
posted March 23rd, 2012
Done with a maglight while sitting on the couch in a darkened room. It's a Valentine to my wife.



Train going by a restaurant/bar


posted March 23rd, 2012

Once again, using the maglite - 3 separate images layered together in Elements.



Star trails

posted March 23rd, 2012
Salut David, je viens completer le tableau de chasse :)



Je compte bien prendre d'autres photos en Light painting parce que j'adore ces effets (j'ai pleins d'idées en tête !!)
See you ;)
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posted March 24th, 2012
first attempt.but not such a good one
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posted March 24th, 2012
Very basic light trails using the lights which were shining into my back yard and just moving the camera to make shapes.
posted March 24th, 2012
heres a couple from March



posted July 21st, 2012
Now where can I upload my photo here?

posted July 21st, 2012
@jeffzam When you look at your own pictures there is a bit of the page that says share and there is a code you can copy and paste. If you copy the paste to a dialogue box like this on a discussion then when you click post reply the picture will appear.
posted July 22nd, 2012
Well is my humble picture of trail lights. It is quite unoticebale but just the same "original" . The background lit fortifications is the Lazzareto, part of Manoel Islands' fortifications. The blue light in the foreground. Yes that is a trail of a yacht passing by. The exposure time was high enough to render this yacht "invisible"

posted February 25th, 2014
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