Photographing Cars At Night

Photographing Cars At Night

I realize that’s it’s probably just one of those things that someone coming into photography needs to get out of their system, but I had a lot of fun doing it anyway. Photographing cars in the evening to capture those magical wisps of taillights and headlamps as they move through a scene. I did this last Friday and it was pretty cool.

I used my tripod, a shutter release cable, a 50mm 1.8 lens (prime) and started at ISO100, f/8, at 20 seconds and worked my way around there for exposures.

In almost no time at all I was able to capture the effect, and then I played around getting more or less ambient exposure for each shot.

One thing I found is that most overpasses are fenced off – so I wasn’t able to set up. I was in the suburbs and decided to shoot around route 9 and a little of the Massachusetts Turnpike. I’m sure somewhere downtown Boston with a better viewing angle (notably high up, shooting close at an intersection or highway) would have worked out a lot better. I just didn’t have the time to waste after lookin

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