An Old Cliche: Light Streaks

Oh yes, they call him the Streak, Look at that, look at that…—Ray Steven’s The Streak

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

Photography is full of cliches and sometime when we are shooting them we don’t even realize that they are cliches. But what the heck, sometimes it can be fun.

Back in the old film days it was a zoom during exposure trick, but Photoshop’s Radial Blur tool—be sure to check Zoom under Blur Methods—put that one quickly to rest. I even show step-by-step how to do this effect over on our sister blog, Saving the World, One Pixel @ a Time if you want to give it a try.

After that moldy oldie, the next oldest is to shoot slow shutter speed out the window of a moving vehicle, especially at night and handheld not being so picky about holding the camera steady. You can do this many ways:

Use the Bulb Function

Use any exposure ode and just lower the ISO setting and see what you get on the LCD, something you could do in the film days while you waited for your slides and prints back from the lab.

For me it was part of my series, Things to Do in Tokyo When You’re Wet, in this case on a rainy night. So here’s my favorite out of all the hit and miss images that I made. Exposure was 1 sec at f/8 and ISO 100. It’s offered here in the spirit of Mildred’s Food for Thought.