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| p.1 #1 · Streaming tail lights and ppl kissing -- need advice |
I've seen this type of shot a million times, and have always wanted to shoot it. It's just never worked out for me to pull it off. One other time I could have gotten this shot, I didn't have my tripod with me. So as I was doing an e-session last night at dusk and the guy mentions this shot to me as we stand above Lakeshore Drive in Chicago, I think: "Yes! Finally!" I hustle back to my car for my tripod, and come back to set up the shot.
First, I set the exposure for the streaming tail lights, and on this shot here, I settle on 3 secs exposure, ISO 250 and f/20. I vary from 13 seconds exposure to later settling at 6 secs, f/18, ISO 200. I use a Nikon SB-910 at full power on a stand about 8 feet from them. LumoPro LP160 behind them for some backlight. I hold an SB-900 about 12 feet from them and fire it off about 5-6 times at full power during the exposure.
As you can see, this shot just isn't close to epic. For one, the light on them is just not powerful enough. I have a couple of AlienBee Einsteins with portable Vagabond power that I can use for this shot. I want to go back and get it again.
So I think I can get the light right using 2 of my 4 Einsteins and then using the LumoPro LP160 for a backlight. My question is about the streaming tail lights and headlights for those of you who have done this shot before. More cars are coming toward than away from us, so I don't know if there's anything I can do about the headlights turning into like a river of light. Any suggestions on that?
Here's the original SOOC from a shot just before this one, but lighting was exactly the same:
Edited on Sep 23, 2012 at 04:17 AM · View previous versions