Deansgate Light Trails

Deansgate Light Trails

Thursday was my first proper night shoot of my last year at university and I was out looking at creating light trails using a long exposure on the camera. The above image is one of the two or three that will be used as posters for one of the projects I am working on. In the end the static captures where the camera was fixed to the tripod produced disappointing results and it wasn’t until I started shooting hand held that things became more interesting. With the above photo taken on the corner of John Dalton Street and Deansgate, I held the camera as steady as possible over the ten second long exposure time, but at the last minute moved the camera down to point at my feet. Another “Happy Accident”!

Buses at St. Peter’s Square, Manchester

Buses at St. Peter's Square, Manchester

This photograph was taken back last November on an evening photo shoot after the Nikon Expo at the Velodrome. I was stood with my tripod on the corner of Oxford Street and Lower Mosley Street. Oxford Street / Oxford Road has one of Europe’s busiest bus routes with many different bus companies competing for customers. You can see three buses in the above photograph but it isn’t uncommon to see over a dozen buses in lanes of traffic. I like the way this image has turned out because it was a long one second exposure and the different lanes of traffic were moving at different speeds making an interesting effect.

Mancunain Way Light Trails at Night

Mancunain Way Light Trails at Night

This was taken from a footbridge over looking the Mancunain way at night. As you can see the cars coming towards the camera on the right have much brighter headlights than the cars going away from the camera on the left where we just see their tail lights.

Night Cycling at Chorlton Water Park

Night Cycling at Chorlton Water Park

I have had this idea in the back of my mind but thought that one light on the bike would make for an extremely dull photograph. Mark and I were training with some one mile timed sprints around Chorlton Water Park. This was the last run Mark did and whilst sat on a bench waiting for him I set my camera up, supported by a GorillaPod (a small, bendy mini-tripod), which was placed on the bench and used a cabled remote to release the shutter.

Mark was riding his new Scott mountain bike with two small lights on the bars and a head torch (which was much brighter and blue, but this didn’t seem to make a difference to the final image above). The camera was set with a 6 second exposure time at an aperture of f/4.5. It worked out well although next time I will try using “Bulb” mode where I can get much better control over the shutter speed. In my opinion the best part of this photograph is the way you can see a ghostly figure of a bike and red coat below the light on the left side of the picture.