Light trails

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by AK47J, Apr 22, 2014.

  1. AK47J

    AK47J TalkEmount Veteran

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    Jan 31, 2014
    Central Oregon
    Played around with light trail shots, few different locations, few different lenses.

    Favorite shot from my first batch. Used Konica 28mm lens
    DSC08840.

    Favorite from my second batch. Used Konica 40mm lens
    DSC09007.

    Favorite from my third batch. Used Konica 28mm lens
    DSC09251.


    I did try my Konica 50mm lens during my second batch, but the headlights caused a weird purple flare/artifact
    DSC09005.
     
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  2. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    Those are fun to shoot, aren't they? Well done. :)
     
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  3. AK47J

    AK47J TalkEmount Veteran

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    Jan 31, 2014
    Central Oregon
    They are fun! But I didn't like waiting for my camera to process each shot.
     
  4. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    If you don't mind the noise in the pic you can turn noise reduction off and things will speed up considerably. I always turn it off for shooting fireworks so as not to miss anything.
     
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  5. AK47J

    AK47J TalkEmount Veteran

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    Jan 31, 2014
    Central Oregon
    Ah, thank you. I might give it a try, but I do like my shots to be as "clean" as possible
     
  6. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Big fan of such photos! Nicely done ;)
     
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  7. José De Bardi

    José De Bardi Assistant in Virtue

    Aug 31, 2013
    Dorset, UK
    José
    As suggested, turn off NR, Long Exposure NR, High ISO NR and DRO and it saves almost instantly.
    For me, all of these options are to help you get away with pushing the limits of shutter/ISO and still get a decent image in day-to-day shooting, but as the point of shots like this is to take advantage of what these settings are trying to help you avoid (e.g. light trails/movement!) you can turn them all off and still get a decent image. I usually shoot stuff like this at ISO100-200 anyway so noise is not much of an issue.

    Here is one of mine from a trip to Poland, taken balanced on a hotel balcony railing with no tripod...

    Nex 5, SEL1855 @ 25mm, ISO200, f/25, 15 seconds
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  8. AK47J

    AK47J TalkEmount Veteran

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    Jan 31, 2014
    Central Oregon
    Ok, thank you, I did not know that. Next time I will turn all that junk off.