This is Serra da Leba, a landmark in Angola. A road built in the 70's, it's been in the country's postcard images for decades, but all shots were taken by day. I wanted something different and tried a night shot. But it seemed impossible: pitch dark, foggy, altitude of 1,800m (5,000ft). I wanted no more than 60sec of exposure, max, to avoid too much exposure of the sky. But a car takes a few minutes to climb or descend this section of the road. The fog was dense and blocking the view! Suddenly the fog cleared, a lot of cars went down, others went up. Traffic is something unusual in this part of the country throughout the year, but then it was January the 2nd and there was an unusual amount of traffic as many people were going to the beach in Namibe for the long weekend (JAN the 4th is a public holiday in Angola) and others were coming back to Lubango from the New Year celebrations... Painting done!
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Mihnea69 (0) 2011-06-29 10:45
successful picture, you worked hard at it until you get what you wanted.
foibles3 (1399) 2011-06-29 12:32
Very impressive image! The movement captured in the long exposure works well with the lighting to create a very artistic and fluid shot.
AbhishekShenoy (4) 2011-06-30 3:13
Very impressive exposure. I love the fact that the curved road looks like it has been set on fire by moving volcanic lava. I also like the perfect shadows of the hills and the deep colors of the sky. Well composed image.
Keep up the good work
grigand (20184) 2011-06-30 14:30
A great shot, impressive picture ! Congratulations.
Bergenphotos (2960) 2011-12-07 18:24
Just have to say this is one of the best photos I've seen on TE for some time. The weather and traffic was on your side, while you were at the right place to the right time. But also the exposure, POV and the idea is amazingly good. The execution perhaps even better. I love how the road seems to be on fire!
kasianowak (10271) 2014-02-09 10:04
Amazing shot! Great take on a popular subject. Simple but effective composition and perfect exposure time to capture the car light trails.
njmv79 (611) 2016-08-04 9:37
This picture has a meaning for me, I was little and went to visit my father when drove down serra da leba from Lubango to Namibe.
- Copyright: Kostadin Luchansky (kodilu) (16)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-01-02
- Categories: Nature, Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D300s, Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G AF-S ED
- Exposure: f/2.8, 30 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Kasia's Favourites 4 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-06-29 10:02
- Favorites: 2 [view]