In Car Light Trails at Night

In Car Light Trails at Night

I’m driving in my car, around and around the city centre with my tripod on the back seat getting some strange looks. Welcome to the inside of my car. I need to do this again as it was great fun and the concept could be taken much further. It was very difficult to get the interior of the car sharp but still have interesting light trails from the street lights. This has not been edited in Photoshop, straight from the camera and re-sized for the web. You can even see the outline of my camera bag on the passenger seat. Next time I’m taking my flash!

American Pool Break

American Pool Break

I have been meaning to re-take this photo for years. Back in 2005 I captured an even better Pool Break on my old Canon compact camera (set on auto with flash off, hand held). Five years later I feel that my photography has come a long way and was ready to see how I could improve on the original (see below). I have been playing American Pool for about ten years, usually at least two or three times a month. This was taken hand held using the 10mm super wide angle lens with my camera on burst mode. The break isn’t as dynamic as the original, but I like the way that the eight ball has been kept pin sharp.

Light Trails in front of Kendals

Light Trails in front of Kendals

Another long exposure photograph from my series of light trail images taken around Manchester city centre at night. This was used as part of a poster project I have been working on for University on the theme of “Intersections”. I looked at the way people and traffic move through road junctions, using the long exposure setting to capture vehicles lights as they move in and out of the frame.

Intersection of Deansgate Locks

Intersection of Deansgate Locks

This was taken from the corner of Gmex Metrolink Station at the top of the stairs that lead down to the bars and night clubs at Deansgate Locks. I walk past this view most Thursday evenings and have wanted to see what a long exposure would look like on a busy Friday evening where there would be a lot of traffic. So a couple of weeks back (inspired by a new brief at university) I took out my camera and tripod to try and get the photo I had in my mind.

This isn’t exactly what I wanted, because there was too much light coming from the offices behind the bridge, so my exposure time couldn’t be much longer than a minute. However, I did manage to capture both cars turning in the road and a train pulling out of Oxford Road Station moving towards Deansgate.