Night Shots – Playing in Traffic

I was coming home from class out at Glen Echo, and had the 5D in the front seat with me. I was feeling bored sitting at traffic lights, and decided to play with long time exposures.

Street Crossing - At the Light
Street Crossing – At the Light

This first one was hand-held, balanced on the steering wheel, while waiting at the light. The exposure is long enough that only the reflectors in the bike wheels, lit by my headlights, and the legs of pedestrians who passed through their beams, recorded.

Following Traffic #1
Following Traffic #1
Following Traffic #2
Following Traffic #2
Following Traffic #3 - Traffic Circle
Following Traffic #3 – Traffic Circle

I realize taking these shots was a bit insane, but I wanted to see what I could get with motion blur of the buildings and oncoming lights, while keeping the vehicle I was following sharp. The following bit didn’t work so well (for that I need some kind of brace I can clamp to the center console), but I think the results are pretty darned cool anyway.

Panning - Pedestrian Crossing #1
Panning – Pedestrian Crossing #1
Panning - Pedestrian Crossing #2
Panning – Pedestrian Crossing #2

Two more shots from stoplights, watching pedestrians cross. In these cases, though, I was aiming for following the pedestrians. These would have been good candidates for second-curtain flash, but I was in the car, driving, and I don’t have a convertible to hold the flash out the top. So more cool experiments result. And all the more justification for getting a convertible!

2 thoughts on “Night Shots – Playing in Traffic”

  1. It’s always nice to have a reminder that photography is fun–it’s easy to get caught up in a desire to get perfect exposures. There is a really playful quality to the images, and I chuckled at your logic about why you need a convertible.

    1. Thanks for the comment! I’m trying to get back to that imperfect, playful, fun, creative side of photography. I want to experience again that thrill I had when everything about it was new, and every photo a risk and an experiment.

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