7 hours ago
Light Trails Series
Finally! I have seen similar images before and all I knew was that the location in SoCal and probably near to the Malibu Canyons where I live.
After some research I got the name – GRIMES CANYON. Woo hoo! I went a shoot that same night. Normally would have a crew with me but this was a solo trip on a Saturday. It wasn’t quite a easy as I thought, It's up a crazy steep hill even though it was day, it was still hazardous and I nearly fell several times. Would have been quite a fall down, so recommend anyone doing it to be prepared. I even had to crawl up some times, but made it and set up, ready for the light trails to start.
I was conscious of standing in dense brush on my own at night unable to see any potential predators (rattlers or mountain lions) but the scene was worth it.
Some of the keys to shoot
- All about the cars – too many and image is over exposed, too few and it does not pop. Also needed cars moving in both directions!
- Move around and change lenses – the angles have a big impact and can totally change the image. Wish I had taken some more using vertical rather than horizontal – next time!
- Get there before sunset – chance to get some dusk pics as well
Technical aspects - I really played with settings as light changed as did amount of cars
- Expose for 30 - 45 secs
- Iso ~800
- F stop changed dependent on time – F4 - F8
- Manual focus
- Lenses: 12mm Fish Eye, 14mm Wide Angle, 24 - 70mm zoom
After a very satisfying 2 hours waiting & embracing darkness and occasionally pressing a button on my camera, I now had the hard part – getting down the crazy steep hill in pitch black with my camera gear – took my time, stayed cautious and made it down. Job done. Will return soon on a clearer night with new moon.
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