I decided that after the B&H Adobe Lightroom 5 Digital Photography Summit ended. I would do some night photography. My original plan was to go to Weehawken Waterfront Park… to capture an NYC cityscape image, but once I was back in Midtown. I opted for Brooklyn Bridge Park because it was more advantageous for the type pictures I wanted to take.
Once I was finished multiple long exposure photos in Brooklyn, it was time to head back to Midtown because I wanted to go to the Park Ave & 39th St overpass to get a long exposure light trail image. After several attempts and camera adjustments, I was able to achieve the above photo.
I was asked via G+, how exactly did I create the above image and could I upload the original photo without the edit. So, now there are two images up above. The edited & no edit version. Listed below are the steps I took to achieve the image.
- A tripod was used.
- The camera was in the manual (bulb) mode.
- Remote shutter release cable.
- iPhone to count the seconds.
- Several test photos were taken to gage the correct shutter speed time.
- Only one image was used to create the photo, no blending of other images.
- My objective was to obtain light trails from all three lanes.
- In post-processing, I did very minimal adjustments.
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce noise.
- Topaz Detail was used to make the photo really sharp.
- Minor Lightroom 5 Adjustments to contrast, highlights, shadows & clarity.
Technical Information: ISO 100, 18mm, F16 and 18.0 sec.
Post-processing information: Lightroom 5 Adjustments, Topaz DeNoise & Topaz Detail.