Long Exposure Photography

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


Photo Description:

Beautiful Elakala Waterfalls in the Blackwater Falls State park, West Virginia, USA.

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

By Luke Detwiler from Beautiful Troutdale, Oregon, USA (Bridal Veil Creek Uploaded by ComputerHotline) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

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

By Jonathan Combe from Scotland (Howick Dawn.Uploaded by ComputerHotline) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

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

By JJ Harrison (jjharrison89@facebook.com) (Own work) [GFDL 1.2 or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Fortesque Bay, Sunrise, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania, Australia.

Camera data

  • 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

Date: 4/07/2009

Fossil Bay Seascape 2.jpg

By JJ Harrison (jjharrison89@facebook.com) (Own work) [GFDL 1.2 or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Fossil Bay, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania, Australia.

Date: 12/07/2009

Narrabeen Sunrise (7155796051).jpg

By Nigel Howe from Sydney, Australia (Narrabeen Sunrise Uploaded by russavia) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Sunrise at Narrabeen.

Date: 7 April 2012, 06:01

Motion Photography

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

By SPDP [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

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


Photo Description:

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


Photo Description:

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.”

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long-exposure_photography

Peace Bridge – at Moonrise.jpg

By Abhinav Hasija (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

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

By Emmanuel Huybrechts from Laval, Canada [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Night on the Jacques-Cartier Bridge

Date: 30 July 2009, 21:43

Take me to Funkytown (2928645949).jpg

By Kenny Louie from Vancouver, Canada (Take me to FunkytownUploaded by russavia) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

TGiF eh?
Exterior night view of Radio City Music Hall, New York City.
Date: 10 May 2008, 11:58


13 thoughts on “Long Exposure Photography

    1. “Narrabeen Sunrise” is fantastic. I liked this one so much that I made it my desktop wallpaper! 🙂 Australia is a beautiful country.

      Thank you for liking this post and for taking the time to leave some nice comments on my blog. 🙂


    1. Once again, thanks for your generous feedback on this post and some of my other posts. 🙂 These photos impressed me too. You are not alone in liking this post. This is one of the top posts on my blog.

      I hope all is well with you and that you enjoy the rest of the summer. 🙂


    1. Thank you. 🙂 I am sorry to hear that you struggled with your waterfall photos last week. I have not taken any waterfall photos before, so I am sorry that I cannot give you any advice. I do not feel ready to do that yet myself. It seems fairly challenging. Perhaps you could find some tips or articles online to help you. If you happen to know any other photographers who have taken waterfall shots before, you might be able to get some advice from them.

      Before I go, I would like to thank you for liking this post, “Baby Birds,””First Snow,” “Timepieces for the New Year,” and “Wild Seeds.” I appreciate your interest in my blog. 🙂

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