Looking more like a laser show or special lighting effects at a concert, Lucas Zimmermann’s “Traffic Lights” series transforms a mundane object into a colorful spectacle:
This 20-second exposure was taken with a Canon 5D Mark II on a foggy winter night near Weimar, Germany. To capture the shot, Zimmermann reportedly had to dodge cars and experiment with camera settings before coming up with the striking results.
Zimmermann describes how his originally planned photo shoot (car headlights in the fog of a forest) quickly shifted when he drove past the intersection seen in the photo:
“I drove past an intersection with traffic lights and was immediately taken by the scenery and mood. The blue tint of light green light surprised me, and in my opinion, contributes positively to mood of the images. The unknown color is like the fog hidden to the human eye, but the photographs show us things that we would otherwise have easily overlooked, such as a simple traffic lights at the side of the road in the fog. That way, the familiar object creates a strong graphic effect in an unnatural situation with a simple photographic setup.”
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