Roads Bathed in Lights : Traffic Trails Photography

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December 7, 2012UncategorizedNo comments

Capturing light and traffic trails can be one of the most worthwhile kinds of shots in photography. Traffic and light trail photography is on the subject of capturing an intelligence of movement in your snapshot.

In photography, when motion is the key ingredient of your composition, your main concern will be how long your camera’s shutter remains open for. In the case of light/traffic trails, you will want to be using a long exposure. You’ll need your tripod and camera remote to do an exposure time for up to 30 seconds.

The key to shooting successful traffic light trails is to choose a location with appealing surroundings. City centers are an obvious place to start, because they provide lots of interest from buildings, landmarks and street lighting. But also consider shooting traffic passing through spectacular scenery in rural areas.

A high vantage point such as a bridge makes a good viewpoint, helping to define the light trails and contrast them with the dark road. To produce interesting shaped light trails you need a fascinating road. Winding roads, multiple roads that merge together, traffic islands, motorways or even a dead straight road can all work well.

Pre-visualize how the light trail will look by the way the traffic is moving and pick a busy spot so that you get lots of vehicle lights. Also, put up in mind that cars moving in different directions will create different colored light trails – red if moving away, white if coming towards you. Often you’ll capture both, but you may want to create for just one color if it suits your scene best.

By means of long exposure times and passing traffic you can create abstract images of red, white and other colored streaks of light.

Today we are going to share some example of Traffic Trails Photography. Let’s check out this collection of Traffic Trails Photography captured by very talented photographers and get inspired! Enjoy.

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