02 Shoot light trails
Shooting light trails through a car window is easier than it looks, if you have the right accessories and are prepared to take plenty of shots.
To get this shot, Dutch freelance photographer Frank van Tol made around 40 passes down the street. “Some images had too much motion blur, others were over-exposed due to passing cars, and some were even under-exposed when I reached the end of the lit street,” Frank remembers.
Frank used a Samyang 8mm f/3.5 fisheye lens mounted to a Canon EOS 400D, with an exposure of 10 seconds at f/8, ISO100.
A suction cup mount secured the camera onto the car window, and Frank triggered the camera with a wireless remote release in his right hand.
“This photo was taken at a speed of around 19 miles per hour,” he says. “Though the photograph implies driving at a very high speed, it is not necessary to do so. Actually, driving at a slower pace will prevent the camera from shaking heavily due to bumps in the road.
“Tunnels are a good place to try this technique, as the lighting comes from above, but regular streets will work fine.
“Before you drive on public roads, lock the camera settings in Manual mode, then review the photos when you’ve stopped the car.”
Get started today…
* Position the camera, then lock the focus, aperture, ISO and shutter speed settings.
* Make a single pass of your chosen street, then park up to check the photos.
* Check the histogram, make any changes and drive down the street again.
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