Hit the road

Shoot light trails from your car

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Shoot­ing a long ex­po­sure from a mov­ing car might sound bor­der­line im­pos­si­ble, but the re­sults can be spec­tac­u­lar. The key is to mount the cam­era se­curely to the car first. With the cam­era at­tached, the car will re­main sharp in the shot no mat­ter how much it moves around on the road, while any pass­ing lights will blur into stun­ning light trails. This is great for show­ing off the bright lights of a big city from a to­tally new per­spec­tive.

The eas­i­est way to at­tach your Nikon to your car is to use a suc­tion mount, such as the Delkin Fat Gecko Triple (£55,$99). This fea­tures suck­ers at one end, and a tri­pod fit­ting at the other. Once the cam­era is in place, you can shoot as long an ex­po­sure as you need to get the de­gree of mo­tion blur re­quired. It goes with­out say­ing that you don’t want to risk dam­ag­ing your pre­cious kit, so make sure ev­ery­thing is com­pletely se­cure, and keep a tight hold of your cam­era strap while you’re shoot­ing, just in case!

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