Jumping into Traffic
This continues the series regarding light trails and motion blur photography. As noted during a previous post, we stationed ourselves on a small traffic island and set up our gear for the shoot. While this produced some interesting shots, they did not really satisfy. The solution was to get up close and personal with the traffic. After spending some time observing traffic patterns, we found the ideal spot that would get us close to the action but not in danger of being hit by a vehicle. The traffic was not moving faster than 25 mpH, and it is interesting that drivers will notice a Photo Crew and respectfully steer clear. This is probably unique to San Diego. When shooting in New York City, drivers (Cabbies) would run you over, back up to make sure they got you, grab your gear and sell it at B&H the next day!
Once again, a Nikon D90, Sigma 10-20mm wide angle, tripod mounted with a remote shutter release. Not really hard to do but it does take a bit of trial and error to tune the shot. We do not suggest that you jump into traffic to replicate this style. We are always careful and mindful of the general populace. And always watchful for “The No Tripod Police”
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