Traffic at night long exposure advice.

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  1. britonk

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    I live near to a large road, far enough away so it doesn't keep me awake :) There is a pedestrian bridge that goes over the road and provides an interesting view.

    I think it might look good at night with a long exposure to capture moving traffic. I have never really done this before and whilst I am prepared to do a bit of trial and error is thee any basic advice I should take into consideration before I head down?

    Shooting mode? Metering mode? WB?

    Any help much appreciated.
     
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    Well, you'll need a tripod firstly. Once you're set up, I'd try closing the aperture down a bit, and have an exposure time of anywhere between 4 and 30 seconds. Experiment with the exposure time and aperture. For focusing, probably just focus on the road/cars.
     
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    I would shot in either manual or shutter priority. I am not sure about white balance (maybe shoot tin RAW) so you can try out different things. I would try a various range of exposures from 5 secs to 30+. A tripod is also a must as said before.
     
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    Try Aperature mode, ISO 100, I use evalutive metering, AWB, shoot RAW, close the aperature a bit, say f/11-22, mount on tripod, focus, shoot. Should give you a nice 30 decond exposure for nice trailing light shots. Fiddle around and see what works for you.
     
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    Manual.
    20-30 seconds..depending on how much traffic..
    Close your aperture to f22- f32 somewhere...try them all.
    I've done a bunch, and they always turn out neat.
     
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    Quality - a range of good answers there - thanks folks! I'll try a few out and let you know how I get on :)
     
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    this is my first try.....lol

    oh, and my settings. um. fstop at 8.0 with a 20s shutter speed. no tripod! i'm poor. lol. i just placed it on a stable surface and prayed....

    [​IMG]
     
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    nice... some coming at you. what happened to outbound?

    I'm going to have to try this. looks like fun...
     
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    lol. no traffic going the other way AT ALL. i was miffed about that, lol.
     
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    Make it a little darker.
     
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    [​IMG]
    Like this? (3rd shot)
     
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    That looks cool but you should try to get maybe a few cars underneath so they get the blur of them also... Just a suggestion might look cool.
     

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