Night Road

This is the road that leads up to the Steenbras water plant above Gordons Bay. I had intended this to be the first, and longest, frame in a sequence to use for an HDR. After two cars drove past, uphill and back down again during the eight minute exposure I decided that it was a light trail long exposure instead.


The flare from the oncoming headlights hitting the lens is unfortunate but as it's only noticeable in the sky I could probably get rid of it or at least reduce it with some further processing.

  • slack12 PRO 9y

    Nice "mistake". I know this viewpoint. I'd like to see your long exposures of the Flats and False Bay below.
  • Vik Nanda 9y

    the streaks are neat, but what are those speckles above?

    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)
  • Aardvark For Freedom 9y

    This is awesome... Very cool indeed...
  • Panorama Paul PRO 9y

    Great idea... with excellent results!!!
  • Steve Crane PRO 9y

    Thanks. Vik, I think the "speckles" you're referring to are star trails.
  • Vik Nanda 9y

    ahh, you can see the stars move that much in 8 minutes? fascinating.

    Seen in my recent comments. (?)
  • Joy-Anne Bromilow 9y

    love the sky and stars:)
  • Baby Rose 9y

    Very nice perspective!!!
  • Kaalvoet Seun 8y

    hi love this photo. i like the effect you got from the long exposure on the stars.
  • Nar8iv / Scott W 8y

    the moving stars are amazing.
  • In Transition 8y

    superb shot....well composed...the sky is beautiful!!
  • salem elizabeth 8y

    This is a great shot Steve. Congrats on making it up and down that road. I find it a bit unnerving.
  • Steve Crane PRO 8y

    Thanks. We often go up there. I'm surprised you don't use it for training runs. :-)
  • loloinberlin 7y

    Still looks great despite the flare. I am surprised that the stars could move so far in just 8 minutes.
  • Steve Crane PRO 7y

    Thanks Niall. Star movement is even noticeable at 30 seconds.
  • Cape Town Tourism 6y

    Don't mind the flare-I think it adds to your pic

  • Wayne Bickerton 5y

    i like the star trails, very good
  • Aaron.Denniz 4y

    hey i want to know how to take a photo like this...
  • Steve Crane PRO 4y

    Aaron.Denniz This was a long exposure of 485 seconds (at f/8 and ISO400) to both get enough light on the hillside and get some star trails. The important thing would be to choose a very quiet road as too many vehicles coming towards the camera would flood the sensor with light and overwhelm the other details. I think when I took this there were maybe three cars that went up and down the hill. You could try covering the lens at times with a dark cloth, hat or something to shield it and keep harsher light off the sensor but might need to increase the exposure to compensate. The best thing would be to find a nice location and spend a few hours experimenting with different things, until you're happy with what you're getting.
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Taken on January 19, 2007
  • ƒ/8.0
  • 10.0 mm
  • 485
  • 400
  • Flash (off, did not fire)
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