Van Ness Avenue

Van Ness Avenue

Van Ness Avenue, photo by Harold Davis. View this image larger.

Standing on the median strip of Van Ness Avenue in front of San Francisco’s City Hall, I used a longish exposure—in the seconds but not the minutes– to capture moving car lights. I find an exposure time of between two and ten seconds often works best with most moving cars at night if there is some ambient light around, as in a cityscape (this was a five second exposure).

It’s amazing the difference in the way a place looks at night as opposed to day—and you never really know the night view until you shoot it.

There’s a round-up of some of my car lights at night images in Line Dance; for a car light image on a country road (and a longer exposure) check out (the logically named) Country Road; for more about night photography techniques generally see my book Creative Night: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques.

This entry was posted in Digital Night, Photography, San Francisco Area.

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