alexiusvanderwesthuizen
alexiusvanderwesthuizen

Mist rolling in from the South



Capturing light trails left by headlights of cars on roads and highways with the sun setting in the west and mist rolling in....
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Capturing light trails left by headlights of cars on roads and highways with the sun setting in the west and mist rolling in.
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Superb Composition
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Absolute Masterpiece
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Top Choice
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Outstanding Creativity
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Peer Award
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Exceptional Contrast
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Magnificent Capture
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markcoleman
 
markcoleman April 10, 2013
Great night shot, love this
brodia65
 
brodia65 April 11, 2013
Fantastic shot!
Tim_Haynes
 
Tim_Haynes April 11, 2013
Very nice!
alexiusvanderwesthuizen
 
alexiusvanderwesthuizen April 12, 2013
Wow...thank you all for the peer recognitions received. I'm extremely grateful!!!
iBurn
 
iBurn April 13, 2013
Wow excellent capture and theres a lot going on.Great composition.
MyrianEdithPoggi
 
MyrianEdithPoggi April 13, 2013
Fascinante captura!
ArtbyAngelina
 
ArtbyAngelina April 20, 2013
Well done, excellent shot!
jleiweke
 
jleiweke April 21, 2013
Congrats!
Forzix
 
Forzix April 21, 2013
love this shot!
shakilajamal
 
shakilajamal April 21, 2013
excellent!
shakilajamal
 
shakilajamal April 21, 2013
excellent!
Woombaway PRO+
 
Woombaway April 21, 2013
Congrats on feature beautifully captured.
R3DZ
 
R3DZ April 21, 2013
Great exposure and lighting well done !
joelrichardson
 
joelrichardson April 21, 2013
Awesome!
Dmullanephotography
 
Dmullanephotography April 21, 2013
Nice shot
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta April 21, 2013
Beautiful well-exposed evening capture with lovely colors. Congratulations on being featured.
derekheslop
 
derekheslop April 21, 2013
A very stunning image and beautifully exposed.
djensen PRO
 
djensen April 21, 2013
Excellent work, congrats on the feature!
drakkardarkblade
 
drakkardarkblade April 21, 2013
Congrats! Awesome capture. If you get a chance please check out my work.
Ashley_Perez
 
Ashley_Perez April 21, 2013
Awesome long exposure! Congrats on being featured!
Rosemaryswan
 
Rosemaryswan April 21, 2013
Such a great shot. Congrats on the feature!
MediSa
 
MediSa April 21, 2013
Is this Nikon by any chance:)?
tetvet PRO+
 
tetvet April 21, 2013
beautiful shot, congrats
Redjule PRO
 
Redjule April 21, 2013
Incredible!
coolspider PRO+
 
coolspider April 21, 2013
Awesome night shot!
rebeccaM
 
rebeccaM April 21, 2013
wow ! great work,congrats (:
JKSImagery
 
JKSImagery April 21, 2013
One of the best long exposure shots I've seen. Great work!!
catini
 
catini April 21, 2013
Great exposure, congrats on your feature!
ybuhac
 
ybuhac April 21, 2013
Very nice shot...
bobbynall PRO
 
bobbynall April 21, 2013
awesome shot
deboragardiman
 
deboragardiman April 21, 2013
Great shot! Congrats!!!
akhtarkhan
 
akhtarkhan April 21, 2013
Fantastic demo of long exposure and creative traffic light trails. Wonderful detail and marvellous city lights......splendid capture. Congrats on the feature.
iceman2
 
iceman2 April 21, 2013
Excellent capture.Congrats!
cmorisset PRO
 
cmorisset April 21, 2013
Magnificent! Bravo!
Monty
 
Monty April 21, 2013
Excellent shot. Congrats.
pegnichols
 
pegnichols April 21, 2013
Great Photo.
Brun0
 
Brun0 April 21, 2013
amazing shot, congrats
Tristan
 
Tristan April 21, 2013
Great Shot!
jenbmama
 
jenbmama April 21, 2013
outstanding!
redwriter PRO
 
redwriter April 21, 2013
Beautiful work, congrats on your feature. - Jake
julieklene
 
julieklene April 21, 2013
great shot!
InterSpacePhotography
 
InterSpacePhotography April 21, 2013
Great shot
csmmacker2004
 
csmmacker2004 April 21, 2013
Nice Shot, Where was this taken?
madi11w
 
madi11w April 21, 2013
Nice shot!
jrfleury PRO
 
jrfleury April 21, 2013
Wonderful balance of color and light.

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GJUNIORPHOTOGRAPHY
 
GJUNIORPHOTOGRAPHY April 21, 2013
nice shot
Akang_Bagja
 
Akang_Bagja April 21, 2013
amazing shot!
congrats...
SarahKeates PRO
 
SarahKeates April 21, 2013
Great shot! Congrats!
Akire
 
Akire April 21, 2013
Awesome capture! Congratulations on your feature....very well done!
mailsmc
 
mailsmc April 21, 2013
Awesome shot! Congrats on your feature!
padmavathinataraj
 
padmavathinataraj April 21, 2013
wow!!!!
bbk
 
bbk April 21, 2013
Great vantage point for a great shot.Congrats on feature photo!!!!
Jinjinphoto
 
Jinjinphoto April 21, 2013
Great shot
saylakham
 
saylakham April 21, 2013
very nice and congrats
prashanwilfred
 
prashanwilfred April 22, 2013
Great Click !!!!!!!!
drakkardarkblade
 
drakkardarkblade April 22, 2013
Congrats, Great Capture. If you get a chance please check out my photos. www.viewbug.com/member/drakkardarkblade
tsambaproductions
 
tsambaproductions April 22, 2013
congrats
Rachel-Barlow
 
Rachel-Barlow April 22, 2013
Awesome shot :) Love all the colours!
Saswata
 
Saswata April 22, 2013
beautiful !!
doncole
 
doncole April 22, 2013
beautiful shot
Angela_Lewry
 
Angela_Lewry April 22, 2013
stunning photo :)
tamiran
 
tamiran April 22, 2013
I love this picture.
mistyvkirsch
 
mistyvkirsch April 23, 2013
Congrats
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 April 23, 2013
Stunning night shot! Congrats!
Carli
 
Carli April 24, 2013
great shot, congrats :D
Inmar
 
Inmar April 24, 2013
Great shot! Congrats on feature!
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 April 24, 2013
Congrats ! Very nice !
limitedxposure
 
limitedxposure April 25, 2013
Fantastic Exposure
Jewel
 
Jewel April 26, 2013
Cool, great shot! Congratulations on your feature!
alexiusvanderwesthuizen
 
alexiusvanderwesthuizen April 30, 2013
Thank you Natasha!!
inbalrubin
 
inbalrubin April 30, 2013
Beautiful work
inbalrubin
 
inbalrubin April 30, 2013
Beautiful work
langefj
 
langefj May 02, 2013
Great shot! This was taken from the top of The Glen right?
alexiusvanderwesthuizen
 
Thank you so much Haley!!!
danadavis
 
danadavis May 02, 2013
Wow. What a nice shot!!!
Lucky
 
Lucky May 02, 2013
beautiful work! Congrats! It's amazing!
CraigWest PRO
 
CraigWest May 02, 2013
A truly spectacular image. Congratulations on the very well deserved feature. :~)
Pedram-rajabzadeh
 
Pedram-rajabzadeh May 02, 2013
Superb
tammyswarek
 
tammyswarek May 02, 2013
Amazing capture!
meshersmith PRO+
 
meshersmith May 02, 2013
Great shot! congrats. on your win!!!
voodoopics
 
voodoopics May 02, 2013
awesome shot congrats!!
Ceylon73
 
Ceylon73 May 03, 2013
Beautiful .. enjoyed reading your photo of the week article!!
AngelCouchPhotography
 
AngelCouchPhotography May 03, 2013
Amazing shot! Congrats on award!
dlmayres
 
dlmayres May 06, 2013
Beautiful!!!
Hari_Subagio
 
Hari_Subagio May 07, 2013
WOW wonderful . amazing
carol_bradshaw_4069
 
carol_bradshaw_4069 May 07, 2013
Fabulous Shot!!Congratulations! :)
rajuchakraborty
 
rajuchakraborty May 08, 2013
very nice click
yasinmusawi
 
yasinmusawi May 08, 2013
Wow, Simply beautiful :-)
riaanjacobs
 
riaanjacobs May 13, 2013
Uitstekende foto
Christian Moore
 
Christian Moore May 15, 2013
Amazing photo!!!!!
alexiusvanderwesthuizen
Thank you very much Christian!!
Jonocon
 
Jonocon July 21, 2013
Stunning capture
mikemalak
 
mikemalak April 03, 2014
Nice shot!!
genab
 
genab April 28, 2015
Absolutely stunning !

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in a suburb of Johannesburg South Africa, from the roof parking of a local shopping mall. The mall is situated close to a major highway and has other roads leading to it.
Time
The time of day was 18h22. It was the start of springtime in the Southern Hemisphere so the sun had already started disappearing beyond the horizon.
Lighting
This is the product of all natural lighting. Utilizing a fabulous combination of natural and artificial lighting. A bit tricky at stages. With a lot of ambient light from the sun still present in the sky, using a white balance of incandescent would have totally ruined the shot, therefore I decided on an auto white balance.
Equipment
My trusty Nikon D5100 with a Nikkor 18-200mm F/3.5-5.6 VRII ED and a tripod. Nothing else.
Inspiration
I always remember having seen postcards when I was a kid, where you could see the effect of moving light, and I remember how fascinated I was with it. Now finding moving light from vehicles passing by is very easy. I beleive however in combining it with a whole range of other elements. I first took a shot of the same scene at night, but it fell flat in comparison with this. I didn't plan on taking this hot when I returned one afternoon to take photos of the setting sun. I then noticed that mist started appearing on the left side of the horizon. I waited it out and could already see in my mind's eye what I was about to capture. I waited and then at the right moment I started with a gentle pace of just leaving the shutter open for 30 seconds. There were however certain parts that were still dark, so I decided to employ the camera's built in HDR function. What further inspired me was the fact that I had all the focal qualities in the frame. Starting at the circle you have so many elements that lead the eye into the shot, moving it up, and just when you think that your eye will leave the shot, it's brought back to the start by the returning lights on the highway.
Editing
I did my basic editing in View NX2 and later imported it into Lightroom just to do a slight amplification of the contrast and clarity.
In my camera bag
Just my Nikon D5100, a Nikon Coolpix P7100. my wireless remote and my Nikkor 18-200mm lens. I travel very light.
Feedback
Firstly, find your spot. It's no use having the technical abilities and equipment to boot, if your landscape is not pleasing to the eye. Always remember to have your tripod handy. Even if there is till enough ambient light. If faced with a situation where the ambient light from the sun is still too much, set your white balance to auto. In order to get that nice star burst effect from the street and other lights, make sure you set your aperture to F22. The time of day will also leave you with the challenge of ensuring that you don't have dark spots. I recommend using the on-board HDR feature, or bracketing your exposures. Ideally your ISO setting should be at 100. That allows you to get enough light, but not too much that will burn everything to pieces. Because of bracketing or HDR, it's crucial to ensure your tripod doesn't move. The last thing you want is a ghost image of any element in the photo. Lastly, be patient. You may not get the mist on your first go. Make sure you know what is happening with the weather and be prepared to wait for the elements to get together.

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