Empire State Building

The Dumpster Pod

You should always carry a tripod when shooting night-scenes like the one below. Well, let's be realistic, carrying a heavy, sturdy tripod while walking through a city like New York sucks but luckily there are some "natural" tripods available (almost) wherever you go.

I was using some dumpsters to keep my camera steady - you can see parts of them in the lower left corner (shouldn't tell you that, I know).
It's not the perfect solution but for a 1/2 second exposure like this it was quite convenient. Alternatively, I could have used a higher ISO instead to shorten the shutter speed but I wanted the motion blur and light-trails of the passing cars in the frame.

Exif Info:

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II

  • Exposure Time: 0.5s (1/2)

  • Aperture: f/4

  • ISO: 100

  • Focal Length: 24mm


The Dumpsterpod