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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.

Update: 28-March-2010
I've started playing around with this technique again, but this time, on a bike.

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  1. zakwansyah 18 months ago | reply

    mantap bagus... great

  2. Lynda Murtha PhotoArt ~ 18 months ago | reply

    Absolutely fantastic!!

  3. alexyv 17 months ago | reply

    I can feel the motion.

  4. LikaWandenkolk 16 months ago | reply

    wow!! what a beautiful picture! well done

  5. mashhor shaker 16 months ago | reply

    wow mann !

    that shut is crazy

    i like the colors

    and good jab by make it stabile

  6. hiddenscotland 14 months ago | reply

    Awesome pic, especially because its a VW. Hopefully a GTI like I have ;)

  7. jacob.pang 14 months ago | reply

    awesome shot!

  8. Alfaholic Studios 14 months ago | reply

    Nice photo, just not so fun car to drive...

  9. EyezOfAChild 13 months ago | reply

    phenomenal picture!

  10. Quim Castilla 13 months ago | reply

    Stunning work, it's really an amazing shot!!

  11. dishachatterjee 12 months ago | reply

    this is super cool!

  12. KaufmanTrailers 5 weeks ago | reply

    The little tagged guy is dancing.

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