Breathtaking Examples of Long Exposure Photography

Mar 28 2010 by Kawsar Ali | 45 Comments

Breathtaking Examples of Long Exposure Photography

There are different styles of photography that can capture the beauty of life around us. Long exposure photography is one such style that is widely known for producing beautiful and captivating photographs. In this collection, we share with you some truly gorgeous long exposure photos as well as some tutorials on how to take long exposure photos yourself.

A Short Introduction to Long Exposure Photography

Long exposure photography refers to long shutter speeds. Longer shutter speeds mean that more light can get into the lens of a camera. Thus, long exposures are typically used at night, when there isn’t a lot of natural lighting around.

However, photographers soon realized that extremely long exposures produced some unexpected—albeit interesting—results. Thus, the popularity of this technique soon ensued.

In terms of traditional cameras that still use film, shutter speed represents the length of time the camera shutter remains open to expose the film.

In DSLR cameras—the weapon of choice for most modern professional photographers—you will see numbers like: 1/8000, 1/4000, and 1/100. These numbers represent seconds or fractions of a second the shutter stays open.

A fast shutter speed can catch fast movements and freeze them (which is why this is the ideal setting for sports photography) and a slow speed can blur your image.

Consider the following side-by-side comparison of a fast shutter speed versus a slow shutter speed:

A Short Introduction to Long Exposure PhotographyImage source: 1 & 2

If you wanted to capture light trails or flows of a stream, long exposure will give you great results because it keeps your shutter open longer to capture and blur the movements together.

Enough theory, let’s dive into some long exposure photographs example now.

Great Examples of Long Exposure Photography

Dark Days

Dark Days

Forever Dreaming

Great Examples of Long Exposure Photography

Pacman

Great Examples of Long Exposure Photography

Long Exposure Lighthouse.

Long Exposure Lighthouse.

Wreck of the Sygna

Wreck of the Sygna

Tranquility Flows

Tranquility Flows

With many Rivers Ahead

With many Rivers Ahead

Dead Zone in the Sky

Dead Zone in the Sky

Bay Bridge

Bay Bridge

u

u

Ocean Desert

Ocean Desert

Kola Peninsula Russia

Kola Peninsula Russia

Hyperdrive

Hyperdrive

Shores of Time – Big Sur, California

Shores of Time - Big Sur, California

The Chicago Fire

The Chicago Fire

Long Exposure Light Art

Long Exposure Light Art

Blackfriars Bridge

Blackfriars Bridge

Ghosts Walk Among Us

Ghosts Walk Among Us

Vivid Tung Chung

Vivid Tung Chung

Skinny Tripping

Skinny Tripping

Nòria del Tibidabo

Nòria del Tibidabo

Apocalypse

Apocalypse

Apples in a Spotlight

Apples in a Spotlight

Train Track Light Trails

Train Track Light Trails

Road Trip

Road Trip

More Long Exposure

More Long Exposure

Sheep

Sheep

Swish

Swish

Holy Long Exposure

Holy Long Exposure

Long Exposure 2

Great Examples of Long Exposure Photography

Tutorials on Creating Long Exposure Photos

Now that you have seen some wonderful examples of long exposure photography, maybe you want to try this technique. Here are some tutorials that will help you get started:

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About the Author

Kawsar Ali is a web designer, graphic designer, and photographer based in NY, U.S. He’s also the founder of Desizntech, a site to find tips about web design, Mac, PC and more. If you’d like to connect with him, you can follow him on Twitter and check out his Personal Website.

45 Comments

Benjamin Hahn

March 28th, 2010

Great collection! Some stunning pictures.

piyanistll

March 28th, 2010

very nice working thanks

jmleclercq

March 28th, 2010

Great collection!

adone

March 28th, 2010

Amazing photos.

Matthew Heidenreich

March 28th, 2010

great collection, thanks

Billy

March 28th, 2010

These look really good, I love the one with the apples.

Eric Shafer

March 28th, 2010

Great photographs, such effort involved in the long exposure process to get it just right.

Smashing Share

March 29th, 2010

I don’t know much about photography but I am loving these photos. They are really amazing.
Sometimes I see some photographers in night, they are with all their Camera stuff, hooked in one corner of the park and waiting for excellent shot to capture. And I just watch them and think of trying it some day! :)

Nelspruit

March 29th, 2010

Awesome photos, my favourites have to be Forever dreaming, Skinny tripping and Shores of time!

Poje Mario

March 29th, 2010

Great all, breathtaking only some ;)

baca

March 29th, 2010

Awesome pictures :D

hubeRsen

March 29th, 2010

that are f***in great photos!

Beno

March 29th, 2010

Waou! Thank you for that great collection.

Linh Pham

March 29th, 2010

beautiful pictures!

TimHolmes

March 29th, 2010

Some really nice example of long exposures.. cheers

Bertrand

March 29th, 2010

Another great thing to try when I’ll get a new DSLR!

By the way, your link on the homepage on the image is broken :
http://sixrevisions.com/photography/examples-long-exposure-photography/

nicola

March 29th, 2010

Great collection of photos, I’m glad to see one of mine included as well

thanks

ciao

Nicola

Lee Fuller

March 29th, 2010

Seen a few of these before, but a nice collection all the same.

Some of these shots are beautifully taken.

JC

March 29th, 2010

very informative. thanks

doris

March 29th, 2010

would love to see how they made the ‘Skinny Tripping’ one!

Musc

March 29th, 2010

this serie and info is: simply Wonderful Art

:)

Vinfotech

March 30th, 2010

Great Collection! In love with all of them

Mahmudur Rahman

March 31st, 2010

Awesome collection. Its really hard to choose selective ones for my PC. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post. :)

Berger Bros

March 31st, 2010

Amazing Photographs. I love the creativity of using long exposure light art.

Grim bernhoft

March 31st, 2010

Beautiful photos, projecting such calm and tranquil feeling

Michael Benin

March 31st, 2010

I love people who experiment with ISO, Aperture, and shutterspeed. Great shots!

mike

April 1st, 2010

hey that red with white lightning make a pleasant pics.

VivienCormier

April 1st, 2010

Very beautifull photography !

fitnessguy

April 2nd, 2010

It’s like porn but for the photography world – really amazing. I’ve just come back from New York and taken the obligatory shots of the skyline but their nothing to these things – loving the work.

Azizuan

April 4th, 2010

Great compilation. Thanks for inspiring. Keep it going.

Jared

April 6th, 2010

Awesome collection up until some of the light painting. Some people treat light painting like it’s own completely separate art form and there are very high quality images out there.

joddy street

April 8th, 2010

I want to learn these long exposed photography tricks, if you could just refer me to any great link to read about it. Thanx.
The PACMAN & With many Rivers Ahead pics are awesome

kre8iveminds

April 8th, 2010

Awesome Pictures!

Dany

April 28th, 2010

Thanks for this great article! It’s is inspiring AND very useful like all your posts @sixrevisions.

nurse mabila

April 30th, 2010

i love those pictures

cheetahex2

May 1st, 2010

Beautiful, some really breathtaking!

ARTisani

May 3rd, 2010

Very beautiful and useful.

Nelson

May 12th, 2010

Wow, these are some great shots. Skinny Tripping is my favorite.

Kyle Bailey

October 10th, 2010

Great examples of long exposures! I just found your blog and have bookmarked it for more investigation. Here is an example of one of my long exposures. I have not done many but am interested in doing many more. Thanks for the inspiration.

John Smith

April 11th, 2011

Great pictures !!!

pokkisam

June 25th, 2011

Really a nice long exposure shots.

Louis Blythe

November 17th, 2011

Amazing Images! Blown Away! Make me wont to head out and shoot some long exposures!

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