Half way during our long drive home from the seashore road trip, I became restless. It was late at night and the only things to keep me entertain were the city lights and the lights from the speeding traffic. I don’t particularly like nighttime driving because that’s when most of the maniac drivers come out. As I was commenting to Jean Yves about the crazy drivers, a semi-truck with lights on its wheels and trailer went speeding by us — way too close for my comfort — and we were already driving at 70 miles (112 km) an hour. However, instead of cursing at the crazy truck driver… a bright idea came to my mind. The stream of lights the truck created at high-speed gave me the idea of shooting the lights on the freeway and the opportunity to play with the shutter speed.
At first I tried to hold the camera, as still as possible but with all the bumps on the road; it was pointless. Instead, I move the camera in different directions and perspective during the long exposure time. Since it was dark, the bug guts on the windshield didn’t show and I was able to shoot without having to stick my head out of the window. It was a fun and interesting experiment. I really like the painterly and free style of the lights in these images. Needless to say, the rest of the drive home was a blur for me. 😀
I used these settings for the shots: f/22, ISO 200, WB sunny, between 6 to 20 seconds. Click on the image to see a larger version. The light effect looks better.