Friday night lights

Tonight a fog had enveloped the surrounding area. It was lovely to see, and I wanted to capture something outside at night. I drove around in hope wanting to use the atmospheric fog, but to no avail. So, I decided to drive to a bridge that overlooks a major road a few miles away.

I set up my tripod and took lots of shots of the traffic below, using a low aperture and a long exposure (the longest exposures I've done so far). I did very little in post-processing, as the shots didn't really need much changing. Again, I had trouble choosing my favourite photo for today, so if you're interested a few others can be found on my Flickr page ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/vikdaddy/).

For tonight's shots I had to use the 'bulb' setting on my camera. This setting means the shutter was kept open for as long as I kept my finger on the trigger button. Some of my exposures were up to and around three minutes long, so not having a remote shutter release meant my index finger got cramp! I need to get me one of those, and quickly...

Canon EOS 450D, f/22, 44/1, ISO-100
and some fingerless gloves ;) Love the photo those light lines are brilliant :)
posted October 2nd, 2010  
Very cool pic, nicely captioned. Nice technique!!
posted October 2nd, 2010  
very nice!
how did you guess the bulb should be?
44 sec was really long duration.
posted October 2nd, 2010  
wonderful shot, you did a great job!
posted October 2nd, 2010  
cool lights..... love the lines.....
posted October 2nd, 2010  
@wahyusp I just kept it down for as long as I thought was needed. I pressed it when there were no cars and let go again when there were no cars, so no trails were broken.
posted October 2nd, 2010  
Very cool shot! Beautiful lines. Btw, those remotes are pretty cheap on amazon. I looove mine. :)
posted October 2nd, 2010  
Love ehat you did Vikdaddy!
posted October 2nd, 2010  
Very very cool.
posted October 2nd, 2010  
This is just beautiful. I love it.
posted October 2nd, 2010  
love it
posted October 2nd, 2010  
Awesome!
posted October 2nd, 2010  
This is awesome.
posted October 2nd, 2010  
FANTASTIC!!!
posted October 2nd, 2010  
This is REALLY cool! :)
posted October 2nd, 2010  
Very well done. Love it.
posted October 2nd, 2010  
love this!
posted October 2nd, 2010  
I love photos like this.... yours is no exception either... Great job!!
posted October 2nd, 2010  
Awesome shot!
posted October 2nd, 2010  
Real swell. Also good idea with the bulb timer!
posted October 2nd, 2010  
Love it!
posted October 2nd, 2010  
Nice and minimalistic with the red, white and black. Love the curve of the lines too .:)
posted October 2nd, 2010  
Thank you so much to replying to my question. I took your advise and canceled the original and reloaded the same picture once more. it worked only I lost the few comments I had on the first upload. but better that than making a fool of myself..3 pictures..ha ha
posted October 2nd, 2010  
Fantastic, I love this, it's something I would have a try at soon
posted October 3rd, 2010  
Wow, 44 seconds. Awesome!
posted October 3rd, 2010  
So nice! I love it. And your other pics are awesome. I love the ones of the bridge.
posted October 3rd, 2010  
LOVE!
posted October 3rd, 2010  
love this!!! Really like the simplicity and the colour combo:)
posted October 5th, 2010  
Great shot - 44 seconds a shot would make anyone's finger cramp!
posted October 5th, 2010  
Awesome shot!
posted October 5th, 2010  
wow, this is wonderful!
posted October 7th, 2010  
cool striking lights! :) what an abstract too! :)
posted October 8th, 2010  
Wow! Really great pic!
posted October 8th, 2010  
This is wonderful x
posted October 8th, 2010  
cool lines! If you can't find or afford a shutter release for your camera that can lock, maybe a clamp would work?
posted October 9th, 2010  
Reaaally love it.. abstract and great.
posted October 12th, 2010  
this is really cool.. nice shot! FAV!
posted October 14th, 2010  
you have a steady hand as mine wabble all over the place with bulb
posted October 22nd, 2010  
@sfe4r Ha thanks, but a tripod helps immensely!
posted October 22nd, 2010  
awesome! I've been getting back into these kind of shots. been looking for awesome locations. well done on this :D
posted November 1st, 2010  
also, what lens did you use?
posted November 1st, 2010  
@mednez Thanks! I just used my 28-135mm. Any mid-range zoom lens will do the job really.
posted November 1st, 2010  
I can see why you picked this one to re-post - it is one of my favourites,
posted November 1st, 2010  
Awesome, and now I know what BULB means! Hope your fingers recovered quickly. Had to fave this 'un!
posted November 2nd, 2010  
Thank goodness for the "favorites" page, I don't know how I missed this the first time around. I so love this shot, the nice lines and simple colors--AWESOME ! ! !
posted November 5th, 2010  
Ooh I just found this in a discussion topic, and a fav... never seen this theme done so well, pure art!
posted November 18th, 2010  
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