Light trails in Leicester

Looks good enlarged.

Today was a day of two halves.

This morning we all did some jobs, and I gave my office a spring clean before going through the family portrait photos that I did with my friends on Dec 28th.

This afternoon we drove over to Leicester so that the kids and Rebecca could spend some their Christmas money and gift tokens. After successful visits to Sheehans (for drums sticks, guitar leads, straps and stands), Superdry for clothes, Schuh for new DCs and Waterstones for new books it was off to Carluccio's for tea.

I was supposed to take my shot on the other side of Leicester after scouting it out earlier, but I tried some light trails from the bridge between High Cross shopping centre and its car park, and was happy enough to call it a day. I didn't have my tripod so balanced the camera on the handrail!

Then home to watch the best 50 Bond moments and the new Attenborough Africa series that we had recorded. Both fantastic. If you haven't seen Africa get on the BBC IPlayer and watch it if you have an hour to spare.
Cool light trails!
posted January 5th, 2013  
Sounds like a fun packed day! Love the light trails :-)
posted January 5th, 2013  
Great shot Sean, lovely story too- I'm enjoying the stories people post as much as their photos
posted January 5th, 2013  
Impressive light trails Sean how did you capture them ? ( remembering I'm a novice!) Watched David Attenboroughs Galapagos tonight- not quite as dramatic as Africa but very absorbing .
posted January 5th, 2013  
Very cool and something I want to do. It's hard finding the right place for this. well done!
posted January 5th, 2013  
this works really well, I have never tried to do this as it looks like it would be a bit tricky to get the shutter speed right
posted January 5th, 2013  
Great light trails Sean! I think you had an action-packed Saturday! As Ingrid says @ingrid2101 the stories behind the shot make people real to me. All the best in the New Year.
posted January 5th, 2013  
@kjarn @gemtumble @ingrid2101 @sugarmuser @frankhymus Thank you all, I'm pleased that the commentary was entertaining.
posted January 5th, 2013  
@ccb @jantan It's easy really. Obviously you need a tripod and a decent head on vantage point. Motorway bridges are alway good, particularly if their is acurve on the road. Then you need a shutter speed long enough to capture enough light trails, and an aperture that will give you good strong focus throughout the shot. So I chose f/13 and 20 seconds. You can be clever and merge your shots to create enough light, or stack duplicate layers as well and blend them.
posted January 5th, 2013  
Thanks Sean, I must give it a go some time this year. I will have to try to pluck up courage to lurk about on a bridge on my own in the dark tho!
posted January 5th, 2013  
Maybe one day when I'm feeling brave !
posted January 5th, 2013  
@jantan @ccb Good luck to both of you when you decide to have a go! Celia, I don't know if there are any likely places but I'd be looking to do something on a bridge near Carcassonne if you can get it in the background all lit up?
posted January 5th, 2013  
Great shot!
posted January 6th, 2013  
Great light trails, Sean!
posted January 6th, 2013  
Wonderful light trails. I want to try this someday (if I ever decide to drive to the city!)
posted January 6th, 2013  
These are always fun. It seems odd for us Americans to see the red trails on the left. No tripod? Wow.
posted January 6th, 2013  
nicely done Sean.
posted January 6th, 2013  
Fantastic Sean!
posted January 6th, 2013  
Perfect for the theme! Happy New Year to you and yours Sean!
posted January 6th, 2013  
Fun fun fun!! Lovely light trails!! and lots of lovely goodies to take home! The Africa series is amazing I will never regard a giraffe in quite the same way again!! I love the end when they actually explain how it was taken.......30 days for 2 minute shooting!!
posted January 6th, 2013  
@fannyb Me too, that Giraffe fight was incredible.
posted January 6th, 2013  
Great zoomy feel!
posted January 6th, 2013  
Nice work Sean. Love this one a lot
posted January 6th, 2013  
Fantastic light trails.
posted January 6th, 2013  
And a great day was had by all!! Great shot, very well done, fascinating!
posted January 6th, 2013  
Nice trails and indeed even nicer when viewed large.
posted January 6th, 2013  
Sounds like a perfect day with everyone happy! Great light trails, they are such fun to do!
posted January 6th, 2013  
nice light trails - the Attenborough programme was a good one - well worth watching indeed!
posted January 6th, 2013  
Very cool Sean
posted January 6th, 2013  
Nice curve to that, also I do like the lighting in the building to the left.
posted January 6th, 2013  
Fantastic Capture!
posted January 7th, 2013  
@automaticslim The building on the left is a new John Lewis, and it is a beautiful decorated glass building. I should go back and take some of the building.
posted January 7th, 2013  
Love the light trails.
posted January 7th, 2013  
Wonderful, I haven't yet been brave enough to do one of these, must buy a tripod.
posted January 7th, 2013  
Yes it's super on close up. Havnt got to ome of these shots myself, must be on the list still!
posted January 7th, 2013  
Excellent light trails!
posted January 7th, 2013  
Excellent - you did so well without a tripod Saen
posted January 7th, 2013  
@yrhenwr Thanks David, the hand rail helped but the whole bridge bounced up and down as folks walked over it, I could feel it!!
posted January 7th, 2013  
Awesome handheld! I love light trails...haven't done it myself yet.
posted January 8th, 2013  
Lots of beautiful lights, not only in the light trails.
posted January 9th, 2013  
Love it - well done!
posted January 13th, 2013  
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