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I would love some of these types of photos done for my wedding
Many of these were taken with a soft lens over them. The majority were touched up with a variety of software programs but only to soften the pictures not to seriously alter them in any way.
All of them were amazing and completely beautiful.
Also, is it impossible nowadays to show something without getting over 9000 `It`s shopped.`?
The reason that you can`t see the cars, boils down to the amount of light, hitting the film or sensor.
A picture is formed on film because light slowly alters the chemical composition of the film. If you only have the aperture open a small amount, not much light is getting in. If a car, with it`s lights off drives by very quickly, it isn`t in frame long enough to reflect enough light onto the film and leave an image. However, the headlights on the vehicle are very bright. As they pass by the camera, they are providing so much light that they can leave an impression on the film and cause an image to appear.
"Why can you see the trails from the headlights of cars but not the cars themselves?"
Anyone know the answer?
Sorry, double post. Frankii, you`re kinda right. Depends what you call "Long Exposure". An exposure time of 1-2 secs will give an effect like this. As for "just the trail behind the fireworks", you need a slightly long expose to capture those. You couldn`t take this shot with a poin-and-click compact camera.
Christ, I`m such a nerd. Shutting up now.
As others have said before, they may have been tweaked in photoshop in terms of levels, contrast etc, but the photography looks to be 98% done by the camera. Long exposure shots are easy enough to do, with a decent SLR and tripod.
Very nice work.
For some great examples, I recommend the Astronomy Picture of the Day Arcive
And my favorite is definitely the lighthouse. The head/taillights was repeated too often for me to like them as much.