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driving is fun (it pays well too!) | by Ben McLeod
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driving is fun (it pays well too!)

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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Taken on November 5, 2005