Using long exposure on a photographic image creates some interesting visual effects in both traditional film and digital photography.
Cloud and Water Long Exposure Photography
Using long exposure gives clouds and water a fluid sense of movement that you can see in these beautiful water and seascape photos.
Elakala Waterfalls Swirling Pool Mossy Rocks.jpg
By ForestWander Nature Photography, www.ForestWander.com
Date: 28 June 2009, 13:42
More details from a Wikipedia entry called “Long exposure photography”:
A 30-second-long exposure sharply captured the still elements of this image while blurring the waterfall into a mist-like appearance. Debris in the swirling water in the pool forms complete circles.
Bridal Veil Creek (12110476784).jpg
This was the last picture I took today. Isaac splashed down just behind the camera. I picked him up, buttoned up my gear as quickly as possible, and we headed for the car. What a day!
Date: 23 January 2014, 16:59
Howick Dawn. (10445801504).jpg
Before the sun rose on Monday morning, with some vibrant colour on the horizon. It was still pretty dark here, so getting a long exposure was easy with just the grads. 0.6 Hard Grad and 0.9 Soft grads used here.
Date: 21 October 2013, 07:29
Fortesque Bay Sunrise.jpg
Fortesque Bay, Sunrise, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania, Australia.
- Camera Canon EOS 400D
- Lens Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM
- Focal length 10 mm
- Aperture f/9
- Exposure time 2.5, 10 s
- Sensivity [Sensitivity] ISO 100
Fossil Bay Seascape 2.jpg
Fossil Bay, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania, Australia.
Narrabeen Sunrise (7155796051).jpg
Sunrise at Narrabeen.
Date: 7 April 2012, 06:01
Long exposure can capture movement as motion blur. It can also be used to track the movement of objects such as stars over a period of time.
The Ghosts of Lime Street (3173689677).jpg
Inspired by the work of alexey titarenko and with my new ND64 filter in hand (or on lens) I headed for the busiest set of steps I could photograph………But this one works a lot better. Best viewed large and on black
Date: 11 January 2006, 02:09
Paranal Starry Night.jpg
By Gianluca Lombardi/ESO http://www.eso.org/public/images/paranal/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Paranal_Starry_Night.jpg
Night scene at the 2600 metre high Cerro Paranal, home of ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) array.
In this 45-minute exposure, taken on a dark and clear night so typical of one of the best astronomical observing sites in the world, the stars leave trails in their dance around the Celestial South Pole (left).
The four VLT 8.2 m Unit Telescopes are captured during an observation session, with the long exposure resulting in noticeable movement of the domes as the telescopes move to observe different celestial objects.
At the bottom left, the trail left by the Large Magellanic Cloud, one of the Milky Way’s satellite galaxies, is clearly visible. The trails left by the Milky Way and by the very bright stars forming the Southern Cross, are visible above Yepun, Unit Telescope 4, in the foreground. One of the four 1.8 metre Auxiliary Telescopes, used for the Very Large Telescope Interferometer, is seen below the Large Magellanic Cloud, dwarfed by its giant Unit Telescope companions.
The image was taken in March 2008.
Date: 3 December 2009
Gemini 10 launch time exposure – GPN-2006-000036.jpg
By NASA (Great Images in NASA (Description)) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
A time-lapse photograph shows the configuration of Pad 19 up until the launch of Gemini 10. Onboard the spacecraft are John W. Young and Michael Collins. The two astronauts would spend almost three days practicing docking with the Agena target vehicle and conducting a number of experiments.
Date: 18 July 1966
Source: Great Images in NASA
Long Exposure Night Photography
According to Wikipedia, long-exposure photography “is often used in a night-time setting in order to produce a near daytime effect in the photo. By leaving the camera’s shutter open for an extended period of time, more light is absorbed, creating a brighter product.”
Peace Bridge – at Moonrise.jpg
The Peace Bridge is lit up by thousands of LEDs that cycle in different colors.
Date: 31 August 2012
Night on the Jacques-Cartier Bridge (3865612803).jpg
Night on the Jacques-Cartier Bridge
Date: 30 July 2009, 21:43
Take me to Funkytown (2928645949).jpg
Exterior night view of Radio City Music Hall, New York City.
Date: 10 May 2008, 11:58