Color (4/7): Whizzing By

Whizzing By

After watching the sunset over the Bay of Trieste, I spent some time getting some night shots. Of course I didn’t have my tripod with me, so many came out blurry. About to give up, I noticed these lighted pillars in the median of the main road and thought this could make for an interesting picture. I took a number of shots as cars whizzed by and I was very happy with this one. It looks surreal at first. I don’t think it looks as simple as just a car driving by. I love how the colors glow and the sky isn’t quite totally dark yet and matches the purple in the pillars.

A tripod is a must for anyone photographing in low light. That said, sometimes you don’t have a tripod with you. I have found that there are ways that you can get good photos without a tripod. Basically there are few easy tricks:

  • Set the camera on or lean against a sturdy surface. This should give you enough stability to take at least a 1 sec. exposure.
  • Bring the elbows in and sit on the ground if possible
  • Use a remote shutter release or timed shutter release
  • Keep trying… one of those pictures will come out!

Camera: Canon 600D
Lens: EF-S 15-85 at 29 mm
Aperture: f/4.5
Shutter Speed: 0.5 sec
ISO:200
Postprocessing: Lightroom

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