Image Focus: Rush Hour

December 27, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

This is another of my favourites from Istanbul and I’m sure that you would like to know more about how this image was captured and processed.

The location was just around the corner from where I was staying. As you can see it was rush hour and this busy street corner is bustling with activity. I used a long exposure to show the light trails from the car headlights. I simply rested the camera on bridge to prevent camera shake. There is always a bit of trial and error involved with this lind of photography so patience is required.

The image was processed in Lightroom and then two virtual copies were made. One stop overexposed and one stop underexposed respectively. The three images were then processed into one using Photomatix and the final image received some final tweaks within Lightroom. The more traditional way to approach HDR is to shoot multiple, bracketed images but in this case due to the long exposure and the movement it would have not worked.

I like the colours and the composition. The light trails add a sense of freneticism that really puts over the stress of being stuck in traffic at rush hour. There is also plenty of detail to look at in the buildings, you can see the way time has taken it’s toll on them. Although it’s HDR processed I didn’t want that over the top “HDR” look. Technically the image is sharp and well exposed

This image will form part of a project I’m working called “Corners”. Keep a lookout for the book when it’s out.


Nikon D700 16-35 f/4 17mm, f/22, 10 seconds, iso 100


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