This photo was shot on Main Street in Concord, NH. I placed my camera on a tripod and then jammed its legs between the two front seats. I was sitting at a red light, and as it turned green, I clicked the shutter. The exposure was 8 sec. with an f-stop of 2.8. The "film speed" is 100, as I think that speed produces deeper colors and less noise. I also was using Noise Reduction.
I had made several passes of this strip of Main Street because that's where the best crazy-bright, yellow sodium lights are. I was playing with different exposures and waiting to pulled over by one of Concord's finest - or most bored. I saw a few cops, but was not stopped.
I knew this was the picture I was after as soon as I took it.
This photo was in the March (2006) edition of Popular Photography. It is the featured photo in the "You Can Do It" section (pgs. 41-43.
It's the first photo I've ever sold.
I've started playing around with this technique again, but this time, on a bike.