On our journey back from Devon last week, I amused myself with taking some abstracts of the view from my window. I hasten to add that my husband was driving, not me!
This technique is very easy. I manually focused beyond the window, then selected a reasonably narrow aperture (between f.14 – f.20) and a low ISO (most of these are at ISO 100). This gave me shutter speeds of between 8 and 20 seconds; perfect to get light streams and to even out the impact of some of the inevitable bumps. I also dialled in some negative exposure compensation. Then I sat the camera on the dashboard and pressed the shutter.
I used self-timer too, although as the camera is sitting in a moving vehicle, there will be some movement so any improvement to the shots from using self-timer is minimal.
It’s great practice for a photographer who usually likes control. You have to let go with photography like this. That’s part of the fun. Who am I kidding? It’s all of the fun.
Here I have concentrated on images where the dominant colour is amber (street lights). These images do not really work on their own so well but, as a set, or maybe the best three as a triptych, they have more merit. At least, I think they do…
So, if you had to choose, which three do you think might work best together? I am pretty sure I like no.s 2 and 3, but not sure about the third choice…
By the way, I used the Sony NEX-7 for all of these and I think it’s done a fair job. In particular, I think the image stabilisation has coped marvellously with the vibrations from the car. Also, a DSLR would not fit on the dashboard.