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Jul 20, 2012 11:14 |  #1

My recent visit to Los Angeles made me really appreciate my hometown. Nice city to visit but lots of activity everywhere including the roads.

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Jul 20, 2012 11:20 |  #2

nice shoot. How long was the exposer?


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Jul 20, 2012 11:27 |  #3

Awesome!!


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Jul 20, 2012 11:31 |  #4

Very nice. The only thing I would do is straighten the vertical lines. Then print it big and hang it on a wall. Great job.


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Jul 20, 2012 11:32 |  #5

DanFrank wrote in post #14744745 (external link)
nice shoot. How long was the exposer?

Thanks Dan. I think it was about 5 seconds. This was a very frustrating shoot to get all the car light trails where I wanted them. I think I took about 100 shots until all the roads were lit. LOL


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Jul 20, 2012 11:34 |  #6

joedlh wrote in post #14744788 (external link)
Very nice. The only thing I would do is straighten the vertical lines. Then print it big and hang it on a wall. Great job.

Joe, I have tried to straighten them but don't seem to get it. How would you suggest I do this? I'm using Photoshop CS5. Thanks


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Jul 20, 2012 11:43 as a reply to  @ cgen1's post |  #7

I don't have it in front of me at work. From memory, you need to convert it to a smart object and then apply one of the transforms. It looks like the top needs a little skewing to the left, which will straighten that building on the left. The rest looks okay.

This video might help: http://www.youtube.com​/watch?v=mHPCKoRNOx8 (external link)


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Jul 20, 2012 11:52 as a reply to  @ joedlh's post |  #8

I think the perspective distortion is an acceptable amount, but if you really want to fix it, you can. Didn't watch the video, and I'm at work (no software), but it's a perspective adjustment you want.


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Jul 20, 2012 12:09 |  #9

joedlh wrote in post #14744852 (external link)
I don't have it in front of me at work. From memory, you need to convert it to a smart object and then apply one of the transforms. It looks like the top needs a little skewing to the left, which will straighten that building on the left. The rest looks okay.

This video might help: http://www.youtube.com​/watch?v=mHPCKoRNOx8 (external link)

Thanks Joe, great video. I was trying to correct the tilt with the transform perspective tool and as a result I was losing too much of my image. Then I tried the technique on the video using just the transform tool and it worked out great! Thanks.


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Jul 20, 2012 12:21 as a reply to  @ cgen1's post |  #10

...i like it, over the 110 freeway?




  
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Jul 20, 2012 12:36 |  #11

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...i like it, over the 110 freeway?

Thanks. Yes the 110 and other local streets. I had no idea where I was but did know I needed to shoot and get out of the area. LOL


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Jul 20, 2012 12:38 |  #12

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Jul 20, 2012 13:28 |  #13

I really like the vantage point, and the cross-directional car lights, most of these photos I see are just highways going up and down, I like this.

Is this the real sky? It might just be from the long exposure, but it looks almost too perfect lol Might just be my monitor at work, but it just looks off to me, but I've never been to L.A. so it might just be there lol

I also like how reflective the central building is, it almost makes it look futuristic. The only thing I would tweak is where it was taken. IMO, I would like it just a bit more if you were moved over maybe a foot or so to the right, to make the two bridges more symmetrical, but there ya go lol

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Jul 20, 2012 13:34 |  #14

Great capture. I took a similar photo 2 months ago

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I like yours way better. Great job.



  
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Jul 20, 2012 13:42 |  #15

cgen1 wrote in post #14745098 (external link)
I had no idea where I was but did know I needed to shoot and get out of the area. LOL

...haha, that area looks dingy but it is fairly safe. chinatown is down the street and opposite side is the arts district, nice to see that you enjoyed your visit !




  
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