I don't normally drive after dark but last night I did and of course had to take a photo....
Cool picture. Reminds me of the new Headless Horseman movie coming out.
No idea why!
Nice looking roadster,like the color scheme.
Cool photo, is the flash about 10 feet right of the camera?
Yes, one flash about 10' to the right and about 12' high and a second lower power flash near the camera and just to the left. Both flashes fired with a single remote control that I had in my right hand.
Great picture Jim!
You're a wizard with a camera.
Great photo Jim. What is your camera, lens, etc.?
Were your headlights on? Maybe the flash was brighter then your headlights! Nice pic.
Was your shutter open the whole time you drove by?
John,the shutter would be open during the whole drive by, the flash gives enough light to stop the car in the frame, but also gives the full travel of the headlights.
Gives the see through effect as well----LIKE!!
Thanks for the kind comments.
The camera was a Canon digital SLR with a 24mm to 105mm lens that was set at 24mm. Most any camera would work as long as it could be mounted on a tripod and has a "B" shutter setting so that the shutter can be locked open.
Here are the steps.
Set camera on tripod and preset lens aperture, manual focus, field of view and and camera ISO. I used F8 and ISO of 500.
Set up flash(es) power and figure out how to fire the flash when needed. This would vary depending on the set up, I used Pocket Wizard triggers but if you had a second person they could be fired manually.
Set car out of frame at the the start of the run.
Wait till dark if not dark already.
When all is set up and it is dark, push and lock the shutter on the camera open.
Run to the car and turn on the lights and drive past the camera.
When driving near the camera, trigger the flashes at the predetermined and previously focused point.
Once past the field of view, stop the car and turn off the lights and jump out and close the camera shutter. I my case the total shutter open time was a little over a minute but is could be longer as long as it is dark.
That's it, the headlights make a streak of light all the way across the frame and the car only shows up where the flash went off.
I don't have any neighbors close by so I don't have any stray lights and folks don't think I completely crazy.
I didn't know you could do that with digital. I'll have to try it.
Jim, you could also leave the headlights off until you hit the flashes--then you'd only have the light streaks in front of the car.
I used to do this kind of stuff with a film camera--never thought about doing it with a digital!
(When I worked at the Portola RR museum after work at night no one would be around & I would do night shoots by setting up the camera and use a hand held flash to light up areas of what I wanted to be in the pic. Full moon nights were fun too! Somewhere those prints are in a file cabinet--I should scan them in, huh?
About forty years ago, I used to do a lot of time exposure shots at night. I used a Konica SLR 35mm camera mounted on a tripod and used a cable release to hold the shutter open. It's amazing what will show up on a picture on a dark night with only moon or starlight, or artificial light off in the distance. Had a lot of fun doing that. I still have my equipment, maybe I should dig it out again. Dave
Here's a time exposure I did on film several years ago. I went around in the house turning on lights for just a few seconds so the windows wouldn't be overexposed.
It looks like a Thomas Kinkade painting.
Steve, that's a really good photo!!!
Steve, that's just what I'm talking about. Dave
You beat me to it Larry. Looks just like a Thomas Kinkade.
Or even a Norman Rockwell, Steve. Great photo.
Love this kind of thing. Fun images and very creative.