The Center of the World, New York City

This blue hour, mid-January shot of Times Square brings me to an important topic. How do you generate light trails? The easy answer is, using long exposures. However, this can be difficult in a brightly lit location, such as Times Square, especially if one wishes to preserve the color of the sky and shoot at blue hour. The 30 second exposure required for prominent light trails in this photograph was achieved with the help of a neutral density filter. Specifically, the B+W #103 0.9 (3-stop) ND (please see it here). One can then proceed with routine automated metering or manual exposure.

Times Square, NYC

"The Center of the World"


All images are ©2011 Alexander Filatov Photography. All rights reserved.

  • This is an excellent times square image at it’s busiest blue hour moment. I’m amazed about the sharpness of the image and the perfect long exposure to capture the neon lights and light trails. What a fine capture of the movement. Blurring the people Yet maintaining the dynamic movement via the lights. Kudos.

    • Alex

      Thank you so much, I really appreciate it!

  • VK

    Awesome!! I can’t believe you braved the cold…I haven’t shot anything in January at all…lazy and cold!!

    So you definitely be proud of this image!!!

    • Alex

      Thanks Vlad. I bet you’re still recovering from 365 days of photos last year! It’s been really cold, can’t wait for spring already!

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