Christmas Tree Light Trails

Christmas Tree Light Trails

I got up at 3:30am this morning to head to Starkville to get this shot. Another photographer that I follow posted a similar photo last week and it inspired me to do one of my own. I knew that the best time to do it would be really early in the morning or really late at night, so I chose the former. There was absolutely no traffic, which might seem odd to you, knowing that I went there to get light trails. That meant that I had to create the light trails myself. I was fine with this because I knew that that way, I had at least had control over the light trails. This tree sits in the middle of a roundabout so my plan (originally) was to get my wife to go with me and one of us be the driver, while the other one controlled the camera, however, my wife is not keen to getting up that early in the morning, so the challenge was on to do it by myself. To do this, I set the shot up, while my Jeep was parked, legally, in one of the parking spots on the street. After I framed the shot, had the settings right, and focused the camera, I brought my Jeep around in front of the camera and had my phone's stopwatch open. I got out of the Jeep, set my camera on a 10 second timer, hit the shutter then ran back to the driver's seat, waited til the camera was about to go off, ran my stopwatch, and then drove around in circles for 30 seconds (Exposure time), parked the Jeep, then checked the shot. Fortunately it only took me two shots to get it, because I forgot to charge my camera the night before and it only had a little bit of battery left. It's not the perfect shot I imagined but I like it a lot and, of course, it fits right into the Christmas theme on the blog. Hope you enjoy it!

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