Long Exposure Photography: 15 Stunning Examples

Long Exposure Photography: 15 Stunning Examples

15 Stunning Examples of Long Exposure PhotographyLong exposure photography is something that has the potential to create some amazing results. We’ve written on the topic numerous times (see links below) in our archives but to whet your appetite – here’s some great long exposure images.

photo by MumbleyJoe - exposure: 114 sec

photo by MumbleyJoe - exposure: 114 sec

Image by Matthew Fang - Exposure: 117.4 sec

Image by Matthew Fang - Exposure: 117.4 sec

image by Paulo Brandão - exposure time: 124 sec

image by Paulo Brandão - exposure time: 124 sec

photography by BUR?BLUE - Exposure: 656 sec

photography by BUR?BLUE - Exposure: 656 sec

Image by Nrbelex - Exposure: Not Given

Image by Nrbelex - Exposure: Not Given

Photo by MumbleyJoe - Exposure: 20 sec

Photo by MumbleyJoe - Exposure: 20 sec

Image by Insight Imaging: John A Ryan Photography - Exposure: 30 sec

Image by Insight Imaging: John A Ryan Photography - Exposure: 30 sec

by MumbleyJoe - Exposure: 31.9 sec

by MumbleyJoe - Exposure: 31.9 sec

Photography by Sara Heinrichs - Exposure: 20 sec

Photography by Sara Heinrichs - Exposure: 20 sec

Image by c@rljones - Exposure: 60 minutes

Image by c@rljones - Exposure: 60 minutes

Photo by Express Monorail (°O°Joe) - Exposure: 10.9 sec

Photo by Express Monorail (°O°Joe) - Exposure: 10.9 sec

by Andrew Stawarz - Exposure: Composite of 100 shots - each of 30 seconds

by Andrew Stawarz - Exposure: Composite of 100 shots - each of 30 seconds

Driving The Volvo

Photo by Thomas Anderson - Exposure: approximately 5 minutes

Image by Dave Smith - Exposure: 253 sec

Image by Dave Smith - Exposure: 253 sec

Image by MSH* - Image by 15 sec

Image by MSH* - Image by 15 sec

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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  • Tony Camilletti, Sr. August 9, 2013 11:25 am

    I agree with everybody...the photographs really are awesome. But, I do have a question...since the lens stop was not mentioned....... do you shoot with the lens wide open ??

  • arbonne August 8, 2013 06:05 pm

    I never publish commentary, but I read through several responses here at Long Exposure
    Photography: 15 Stunning Examples but had a couple of requests for you
    if you do not mind. Might it be just me or do quite a few of the above replies appear as if they're provided by brain dead people? And, in case you are posting on some various blogs, I'd like
    to keep up with you. Might you put up a short list of your current social media sites including linkedin information, Facebook page or twitter feed?

  • Nancy August 8, 2013 05:01 am

    I love the content on this site, but the ad that moves every time I scroll the page on my iPad is so distracting that I just gave up trying to peruse these Images. :-(

  • Karlygash July 31, 2013 02:07 pm


    Great pics! I want to shoot a star sky. Want to know, do I need to use a special filter with the lense, and a shutter-speed?

  • maria martins June 25, 2013 09:58 pm

    hi Darren. these tips are wonderful but I never know witch lens I should use am very new in these kind of photography. Can you tell me witch lens I need or adapter, my lens are canon 18-55mm 700d

    thank you, very much Maria.

  • Pam May 31, 2013 11:25 pm

    I really love the Lighthouse and the trees. All of them are wonderful. Can't wait to read more about how you do this!

  • Fran May 31, 2013 11:12 pm


    Thanks for the link to the Lighthouse explanation. I couldn't believe that was a long exposure since I once tried to do something similar (unsuccessfully of course). His explanation cleared it up. It is an absolutely stunning shot. Thanks for all of them.

  • Binoy May 20, 2013 03:16 pm

    All are great shots. Got me eager to go out in the night and try. Thanks a lot.

  • kirtu Riba May 14, 2013 03:36 am

    Congratulations to Darren and all other Master Photographers ! These images are fantastic !!

  • Deborah Schumacher May 9, 2013 11:09 pm

    Absolutely stunning photography! As one of the comments inquired about the kind of camera used, I am using a kodak z650 that can be converted to the manual f-stops if I choose instead of the auto. For the "long exposure" shots, the explanation was to set the camera at "BULB." On my camera what would that be or would I just open the flash & use the timer at about 20 seconds on a tripod? I am just trying to learn the "other than automatic" world of my camera & find it very fasinating. Thank you for your time and assistance. Much appreciated.

  • toper May 1, 2013 09:55 am

    amazing! i hope i can replicate how these are created

  • Anthony Camilletti, Sr. April 16, 2013 06:11 am

    I am now inspired to get out and make photographs I never tried before. It would have helped to have known the ISO or ASA used for those photographs.

  • Bhusan Shrestha April 1, 2013 10:41 pm

    Lot of ideas for our camera.

  • Shikhar Khatri March 8, 2013 04:02 pm

    these pics were awsum...my dream clicks...i will work as harder as i can to click in d same pattern....

  • Almira January 22, 2013 04:07 am

    Very impressive shots... tons of thanks for sharing. This is so inspiring for us beginners. c",)

  • alex long November 18, 2012 10:28 am

    Really stunning and magnificient pictures taken with long exposure shooting. My questions: 1)best time to take, aperature guide, ideal focal sense? thanks .

  • Joseph October 29, 2012 04:15 pm

    They are really stunning! It's amazing, I can't believe as an amateur can make such beautiful shots - but with this guidance I am sure I will be able to make it! Thank you!

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  • Rachael August 21, 2012 04:25 am

    Many thanks for the nice explanation.

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  • hattie May 16, 2012 02:44 pm

    Wow, Wow and more WOWs! I am very new in photography and seeing these shots make me wonder if I will ever be able to compose something like these in my lifetime. Beeeeaaaauuuutiful and captivating shots! Thanks for the view.

  • Darryl May 1, 2012 10:57 pm

    Wow Darren, there's 'stunning' and "stunning"......and these are '"dam stunning'". Many thanks for sharing. Darryl

  • Prasad phutane April 25, 2012 05:34 am

    These are beautiful ! great shot . please send photography details,i like it this work.

  • Bob Perev April 23, 2012 08:29 pm

    Interesting effect of using long exposure http://vimeo.com/40398430

  • F.Zaman April 18, 2012 03:49 am

    Fascinating !!

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  • Tiffany March 28, 2012 07:18 pm

    For long exposures you simply turn your exposure time to "BULB" on a digital camera and then press the button that takes the picture. The shutter will remain open until you press the button again. You can take a picture with an exposure time as long as you wish. Simply use a tripod so the camera doesn't move. Most use a remote to open and close the shutter. I have done many long exposures some 10-12 minutes. It's very easy.

  • xelf March 25, 2012 05:57 pm

    These are really stunning, I am also trying something like this. Here is one of mine.
    Street at night

  • seo March 22, 2012 09:07 am

    It looks much better.

  • Sam March 15, 2012 11:43 pm

    I kept seeing the time exposures with 100, 200+ second exposure time. Still scratching my head. Is it possible? How? May be I have to take a class in digital picture taking to learn the tricks.

  • John March 15, 2012 08:26 am

    Stunning long exposure's, congrats to the photog's!

  • yasser absuen February 29, 2012 10:13 pm

    Inspiring and fantastic photos thanks for sharing

  • Julie January 17, 2012 04:17 pm

    Is there a camera around $100-$500 that I can take beautiful pictures with and still capture the depth, lightness and darkness in the pictures? If so, what is the brand called and how much does it run? Thanks all. Novice photographer here. Not taking photography as in having a job but just having fun.

  • Sam January 10, 2012 10:52 pm

    Need to learn/understand the technical data on those pictures exposed at hundreds of seconds, 600+ one of them, many 100+ seconds of exposure.

  • Yogesh Pawar January 10, 2012 03:24 am

    Even i discovered this option recently. It is really beautiful.

  • mick boyd January 5, 2012 03:41 pm

    Just shows,doesn't it.All you have to do is get out there and try to emulate these shots.You'd be surprised what you can do if you try!!!

  • Richard Martin December 21, 2011 04:05 am

    Beautiful images. Simply stunning.

  • Kusshal December 20, 2011 04:13 pm

    AWESOMEEEEEEEE...........!! is the only word for these shots, just mind blowing.

  • Sam December 8, 2011 10:11 pm

    Still, don't notice anyone "explaining" why some of these shots were exposed at 100+ seconds exposure time. I know a little about photography, from the print film days. How were they done? This is what I don't understand about digital photography, I thought.

  • Santorini Wedding Photographers December 6, 2011 09:48 am

    I love night pictures. And all these photographs are just amazing!! When I was young I used to shoot the red lights of the cars.

  • Mona December 2, 2011 10:52 pm

    Nice Photography. Thanks For Sharing...!!!
    Some Photography stuff of my own at http://websmine.com/design/photography/55-examples-of-breathtaking-aerial-photography/

  • Patricia Morgan December 2, 2011 02:26 am

    Out of this world!!!

  • Mahmoud Raouf November 28, 2011 11:04 am


  • Mehmet Nariçi November 15, 2011 01:21 am

    Everything is noticeably light. sometimes as a beautiful, light noticeably.

  • Sam November 3, 2011 10:14 pm

    Some of these pictures had 100's seconds given as exposure time. How so? Example - the Sarah Heinrichs pictures of an amusement park area shows people, though blurred, still standing and recognizeable. They were almost motionless for 20 seconds like that and the pictured image of them are still recognizeable? What ISO? Someone enlighten us, please.

  • Dinho November 1, 2011 09:08 pm

    Amazing Photographs, I love especially the Carnival Photo....very inspiring, thank you!


  • cambalkon October 19, 2011 08:45 pm

    Thanks for sharing this link, but unfortunately it seems to be offline... Does anybody have a mirror or another source? Please answer to my post if you do.

  • Lauren October 5, 2011 09:10 am

    Those photographs are beautiful i hope some day i can take the same.

  • Oz E. Jr September 24, 2011 11:01 am

    Fantastic photography.......good to know how long some exposures took. I'm definitely going to take my shot at it.

  • Jessica S September 22, 2011 08:08 am

    I simply LOVE these pictures. especially the one of the forest! simply beautiful! thanks for sharing!

  • seo September 10, 2011 07:37 pm

    beautiful Photography Like thanks

  • Joe gee September 1, 2011 04:47 pm

    Man, I wish I could take beautiful long exposure pictures, I have alot to learn.

  • seo August 25, 2011 05:09 pm

    MumbleyJoe and the waterfall one as well. Very impressive..

  • Böcek ilaçlama August 24, 2011 05:25 pm

    Long Exposure Photography is something that can take your breath away when you get it right

  • Sam August 23, 2011 09:45 pm

    I'd like to learn, how to take a shot with 114 seconds exposure time.....

  • Sanjay August 15, 2011 05:57 pm

    My attempt at prolonged exposure . http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=242834679083843&set=a.242834592417185.66801.122609814439664&type=1&theater

    also on http://www.kumbkarni.com/landscapes . Eager to know your comments fellow enthusiasts :)

  • Annie July 28, 2011 07:18 pm

    Wow!!! I Love all the Pictures!!! it's really inspired me to practice on long exposure and try to create something that great

  • Peter July 27, 2011 02:55 am

    Wow, playing with exposure can really make a difference. these are some amazing photographs.

  • klima servisi July 21, 2011 10:04 pm

    Klima Servisi...

    Thank you very much

  • kuaför July 1, 2011 06:35 pm

    Nice examples of Long Exposure ...

  • SEO July 1, 2011 06:25 pm

    Amazing shots!

  • Benn Brown June 30, 2011 09:11 am

    Going by the amount of responses to this article I would hazard a guess that I am not alone in saying that these are inspirational photographs and anyone can come close to matching these images should be very proud!!

  • bycostello June 29, 2011 07:12 pm

    just loving that lighthouse shot....

  • Peter June 29, 2011 01:32 pm

    The lighthouse is amazing. In fact they all are. Unreal what exposure can do. Thanks Darren.

  • Simon June 29, 2011 10:22 am

    Great shots! I was just wondering. How would you go about compositing images? Through Photoshop? Thanks!

  • Albert June 28, 2011 08:06 pm

    What aperture should be use for long exposures?

  • digitallabz June 28, 2011 05:54 am

    I like the light house and Paulo Brandão tree in the snow shots. They are awesome.

  • Apple-JB June 20, 2011 04:47 pm

    Wow I like the stone with lightning. you are a photoshop master.

  • Dewan Demmer May 25, 2011 12:52 am

    I really like the lighthouse and Zero Gravity shots ... they xtra cool.

  • sandeep kulkarni May 18, 2011 08:54 pm

    WOW!!!! These are amazing shots......Thanks for sharing.....
    BTY how to click this kind of shots with high end POS cameras?

  • Friv May 12, 2011 12:36 pm

    Amazing pictures. I love the bridge pics by MumbleyJoe and the waterfall one as well. Very impressive!

  • MIchelle chafin April 28, 2011 06:51 pm

    I love them all...but if I had to choose a favourite it would have to be the one in the woods:)

  • Sean April 23, 2011 08:48 am

    Love this images, hte lighthouse one is just amazing!

  • Jacob March 30, 2011 07:56 am

    These pictures are impressive - a beautiful thing is that there is nothing unnatural. That is the nature captured in a long exposure. The results prove to be very surprising. And so it always is. Really beautiful photos. Amazing work.

  • seo March 24, 2011 10:32 pm

    waowww :) Amazing work. Keep it up. thank you

  • Frankie February 28, 2011 08:52 am

    Amazing pictures. I love the bridge pics by MumbleyJoe and the waterfall one as well. Very impressive!

  • canli alem February 14, 2011 05:31 am

    Sorry for the huge review, but I’m really loving the new toys, and. hope this, as well as the excellent reviews some other people have written, will help you decide if it’s the right choice for you.

  • Shubert February 11, 2011 03:48 am

    Love the image by Paulo Brandão.. Amazing stuff...

  • Suzanne February 2, 2011 10:45 pm

    Amazing work. Keep it up. Saves a few of the images for my laptop backgrounds :)

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  • ambalaj January 19, 2011 06:23 am

    thank you amazing

  • Hollis Szaflarski January 19, 2011 06:14 am

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  • aSH January 15, 2011 08:12 pm


    I am surprised the moon didn't move during the 20 seconds of exposure (in the Golden Gate pic). I usually end up with an oval shaped moon in long exposure, due to the movement of the moon.
    Would like a reply.

  • Tim January 3, 2011 08:38 am

    These are amazing. I'd love to try and shoot longer exposure photos like more than an hour but too bad my Sony NEX5 can handle only up to 30s.

  • Jon December 28, 2010 01:17 pm

    I have always wanted to do this and I am curious to know how they successfully did it in picture 4 since it doesn't look very dark and I'm under the impression that you have to do it in a dark area.

  • Mike Collage November 26, 2010 04:47 pm

    Wow, stunning pictures, the best I've ever seen so far. The lights are just perfect. Can I do this with the SLR Nikon D40?

  • nitin November 24, 2010 11:49 pm

    can i do these with my nikon l110 camera

  • Alex November 14, 2010 08:47 am

    How I love long exposure photography. Just beautiful!

  • Zuska Madar November 11, 2010 05:02 am

    Wow this is for sure a great inspiration and makes me want to grab my camera and get out there. Thanks for sharing these awesome shots.
    best regards

  • Ryan November 8, 2010 11:10 am

    Wow, that lighthouse shot is spectacular!

  • Randy L November 8, 2010 08:15 am

    Ready to go out early this evening and do about a 60 minute exposure to see how well I can capture some stars.

  • Orantes October 28, 2010 12:24 am

    I always wanted to take pictures like that, I will do my efforts to buy a good camera, if somebody can recomend a good one appretiate it. thanks

  • plastic cards October 21, 2010 09:53 pm

    The image by Dave Smith looks like building is on fire! Excellent

  • sashdc October 18, 2010 05:24 pm

    one i took in dubai recently


    nice work everyone

  • Marina October 14, 2010 07:11 pm

    Amazing photos!Quiet interesting and attracted.

  • Dianna Rucker September 21, 2010 09:02 am

    LOVE the trees and the snow and the lighthouse. Favorites!

  • Paul T September 20, 2010 11:39 am

    Some absolutely gorgeous images. Makes me want to pull out the bulb and stop shooting 1/1000 sports images and start shooting 20 second exposures.

  • seymor September 14, 2010 11:34 pm

    hey fellow photographers, hope all is well.
    could any one be informed of someone selling a used 5d mark II.
    am interested in buying it.please let me know if any one is.
    otherwise those are pretty shots taken.

  • Danny September 4, 2010 02:43 am

    The image of the forest at night is impressive. Love it :)

  • James August 22, 2010 12:59 pm

    The Niagara Falls one looks like a painting.

  • Galo August 19, 2010 01:41 am

    Super nice pictures....but how can u get such perfect ones without any trace of noise?? I guess photoshop has walked over them....I've tried with my Fuji Finepix S1000 that of course is not too sofisticated, but there is always noise...even with ISO 100....I just don't get it...what should I do??......beautiful anyways.

  • Shubert August 18, 2010 11:36 pm

    Great work. Love your work.. cheers :)

  • ADLER CHALK August 12, 2010 06:52 am

    What a great set. Maybe you could cover the best black and white and have....mine! ;-)

  • Neville June 23, 2010 04:59 pm

    Avoid noise and long exposures using three or four photos taken on
    a tripod with normal exposures i.e. of a creek etc
    and explore the technique described at.
    It's all good fun.

  • Shelley J June 21, 2010 03:47 pm

    Fabulous work. I am a great fan of long exposure work and this is very motivating. Thanx a lot

  • Vinny June 18, 2010 03:28 am

    Most of the long exposure shots I take (> 10 min) are botched because of high noise levels (night sky and star trails). I believe most of the shots posted above have been post-processed to remove noise. It would be great if someone posted tips/links on noise elimination techniques.

  • smiley June 12, 2010 08:53 pm

    i am a student ,Photography is one of my subjects
    i am really very pasionate about PHOTOGRAPHY
    & from here i am really learning alot of new & amaazing aspects of photography
    thank u so much
    i really wish,in future i am going 2b a gr8 photographer 2 :)

  • plastic cards June 8, 2010 09:19 pm

    Wow - I have never seen such cool looking photos. I have tried long exposure on my Nikon D40X and got what I thought were good results but nothing even close to the ones here!

    The lighthouse one is amazing - it looks computer generated because it looks so 'impossible' looking.

  • naju` June 2, 2010 05:07 pm

    very nice
    can u explane me this effect...?
    how will come in slr camera
    very nice dear
    keep it up

  • Mustafa Khayat May 13, 2010 05:23 am

    i really like night shots especially long exposure photos.. here there some of my works..

  • Melissa May 8, 2010 04:25 am

    Amazing Photos! I think I like the lighthouse one the best. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kevin Mullins April 30, 2010 02:03 am

    Stunning images. The lighthouse shot is just awesome. I wonder how much the Long Exp Noise Reduction impacts the final images?

  • Marios Weiss April 27, 2010 12:56 pm

    Those photos are just amazing image by Paulo Brandão is my favorite, Thank you for sharing Marios

  • goshare April 26, 2010 10:19 pm

    Wow man these are simply amazing, i love photography as a hobby. I run a great site GO-Share photography, photo albums and slideshow community. I'd love for this type of content to be added in the public area they'd really appreciate it, join free 1GIG memberships. Hope to see some of you there, cheers

  • Travis Price April 24, 2010 10:27 am

  • Travis Price April 24, 2010 10:12 am

    Lit only with moonlight. 15 min. long exposure.
    No digital manipulation. Shot with a Hasselblad superwide.

  • Adrian Spencer April 20, 2010 12:51 am

    Love these. I think I see where my next project is heading towards!

  • Desi March 25, 2010 01:12 pm

    these are so amazing!!!!!! wow wow wow I am speechless

  • xangomango March 5, 2010 03:35 pm

    WOW! Absolutely amazing! These are so beautiful!! I am now inspired to try some of my own. Just bought a DSLR ! Thank you for posting these pictures Darren and thanks to those who took the pics and shared them!

  • Alex February 27, 2010 08:51 am

    Inspiritational! All peaceful, even the traffic photos.

  • David Hardwick February 17, 2010 09:58 am

    Inspiring. Very nice work. Well done and thanks for putting it on the web.

  • iam braydon February 11, 2010 02:45 pm

    I should stand up here and say:

    I'm soooooooo bored of technician talk.

  • M3H3R February 9, 2010 06:47 pm

    truly AMAZING.. thanks for posting..


  • Stefany February 4, 2010 10:58 am

    These are amazing! I've been wanting to get out & do more long exposure photography, these images give me the inspiration I need!

  • Craig Monroe February 4, 2010 03:50 am

    My friend Matt has taken a number of these. You can see them at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/mattallen?section_id=5744538

    My less magnificent attempt can be seen at:


  • Oscar Lopez February 2, 2010 06:44 am

    Simply amazing and beautiful!

  • nick m January 28, 2010 09:25 am

    thank you bvedgar.
    whenever you have tine try my flicr albums at this link:


  • bvedgar January 28, 2010 01:31 am

    WOW!!! Great images. I have not done any like these. I am now eager to try. Fantastic work to those persons who took the photos.

  • nick m January 26, 2010 01:44 pm

    love the long exposure. is one of the most beautiful pictures. It shows more than you can see.
    one of my fave shots taken on the beach in Roatan, Honduras posted on flicr

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/33385365@N08/4252216851/' title='IMG_4221-2 cs fire play on the beach' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4009/4252216851_aa20209645.jpg']

  • nick m January 26, 2010 01:44 pm

    love the long exposure. is one of the most beautiful pictures. It shows more than you can see.
    one of my fave shots taken on the beach in Roatan, Honduras posted on flicr


  • nick m January 26, 2010 01:34 pm

  • St Louis Wedding Photographer January 26, 2010 12:08 am

    I love the image with the woods at winter and the carnival. I LOVE night photography. We've done some experimenting with long exposures too. One thing that we've noticed is that the longer exposures turn moving water into glass. This can be a cool effect, but it doesn't give that flowing water feel any more.

  • student aid January 25, 2010 05:29 pm

    ohhhhhh, These are amazing
    thanks for share us

  • Politics January 22, 2010 10:01 pm

    These are amazing pictures, thank you

  • Larry "Darkman" Clark January 19, 2010 03:18 pm

    Ok I stand corrected. if you want to know how the shot of the light house was done, the first picture in teh series, go here:

  • Larry "Darkman" Clark January 19, 2010 11:09 am

    huh....my only question is how did the first shot get done? was it a composite or photoshop? the only way to get the perfect array of light beam would be to composite a bunch of images or photoshop.
    I just don't see that being just one long exposure. If it were, you would have a halo around the light house, not singular beams of light.

  • singaporegrooms photo January 17, 2010 10:20 pm

    wonderful, I wonder how long exposure will turn out in wedding shots.
    Must try it next time

  • graphic design classes January 17, 2010 09:25 am

    Great photos I love the one near the top with the snowy trees in the dark. The light source in the back looks like an alien ship landing! Very cool.

  • Loraine McCall January 15, 2010 02:48 pm

    I love using this in weddings!


  • Kristi Robbins January 14, 2010 01:38 am


  • Augphoto January 11, 2010 01:18 pm

    The first photograph is as good as it gets. Absolute perfection. I've never tried these kind of shots but, that's going to change. Thanks.

  • Worcestershire Wedding Photography January 9, 2010 04:28 am

    Wow, stunning, I have not really played around with this kind of photography but I love the results. My favorite is the light house pic - amazing stuff.

    Going to try to work out how to make this fit my business.



  • The Illiterate Knife Rack January 5, 2010 01:29 am

    Wow. An amazing selection. I especially like the lighthouse and the forest scenes. Puts my previous attempts to shame :(

    I'm off to dig my tripod out...

  • Computer Tips January 3, 2010 09:37 pm

    Its a superb collection, thanks for sharing..

  • Chelsea(CLR Photography) January 3, 2010 11:35 am

    great photos. i want to start getting into that. im still learning 2 new cameras to me a nikon d1x and a canon rebel

  • Dan January 2, 2010 02:47 am

    While these are truly awesome pictures, I can't help but wonder how many of them would have been easily done before digital photography. The instant feedback provided by today's DSLR does make the task so much easier. Back in the film days, I don't know how many times I tried pictures like this then had to wait a day or so for processing only to find out that I was too long, too short, too open or too closed. : (

    We can certainly all be thankful for the new tools that digital photography has given us!

    Nonetheless, one needs to know how to use those new tools; kudos to the photographers who provided thses images... truly outstanding.


  • billy poniewozik December 15, 2009 06:12 am

    really makes believe that i have to go and buy a tripod. Thanks for sharing these fantastic shots.

  • neville goldsmith December 14, 2009 10:32 am

    Another method for representing movement with blur is to use file stacking in CS 3 extended.
    Originally intended for combining long exposures in astrophotgraphy,
    Stacking can also be used to reduce noise in low light photo's by using multiple photo's
    taken on a tripod of water, clouds etc . no need for f 22 for long exposures in daylight
    which means you have control of depth of field...

    for details


  • Richard November 17, 2009 06:56 pm

    Wow, stunning indeed!

  • Fred Jakobcic November 5, 2009 05:41 am

    Beautiful....I have not done any long exposure with my digital. This sure makes me want to try and I will. I am retired and think I can make the time for doing it.

  • afaris November 4, 2009 04:00 pm

    hey,how do you compesate of over-exposing your picture when you open up the shutter that long?is setting the aperture to the its lowest the only way,besides the ISO?

  • Essex Wedding Photography November 3, 2009 08:34 am

    Some of these are just fantastic - Thanks for putting this collection of images together

  • Timothy West | PHOTONOMY October 31, 2009 11:24 pm

    These are really fantastic great find.

  • Heuts Design October 30, 2009 09:19 pm

    I really love the last one. Definitely my favorite

  • jinky October 28, 2009 10:28 am


  • Bumhan October 26, 2009 07:27 am

    Amazing. Thank you very much for the stunning collection.

  • Tallboyz October 25, 2009 09:03 pm

    Simply breathtaking! Thanks for sharing!

  • Edward October 24, 2009 01:14 am

    Cool pictures! Touching images, nice shots! Thanks for sharing and looking forward your other stunning images.

  • fretbuzz October 22, 2009 06:35 am

    That first light house is VERY inspiring. The carnival ride almost has a Pixar look to it.

  • revive ramesh October 6, 2009 03:03 pm

    fantastic examples . many many thanks. i can see many sleepless nights ahead!!

  • jake October 1, 2009 06:43 am

    just awesome thanx a lot ni go to buy a camera now !:p :)

  • Lara September 18, 2009 08:25 pm

    karthik - read the photog's description of the photo opp -> http://www.flickr.com/photos/mumbleyjoe/2043508173/

    doesnt sound fake to me...

  • karthik September 18, 2009 02:00 pm

    The images are very nice..but the first pic of the light house, looks fake (photoshopped) because the fact that flash was used is evident in the lower portion of the picture. Second, the lighthouse does not flash lights in discreet streaks..it is continuous and so there is NO way such discreet rays could emanate from it as shown in this picture.

  • Jimmy September 17, 2009 07:19 pm

    not bad. i think some may have benifited from photoshop though :-)

  • KNKNamboodiri September 16, 2009 01:13 am

    Wonderfull photos. The time of taking these pictures also would have been mentioned. Which camera have facility to take so much slow shetterspeed ones,

  • Prakash Kulkarni September 15, 2009 11:08 pm

    These are all my dream photographs. It appears that it is a long way to go for me. However, I will try my best.
    My photography skills are improved a lot since I joined the DPS.

  • james singlador September 14, 2009 01:17 pm

    wow what an inspiration! i'll try one like these. very stunning!

  • Stefan Thaler September 14, 2009 07:04 am

    Wonderful pictures...great!

  • Web Development India September 12, 2009 09:14 pm

    Long Exposure Photography has really good effects.

  • Mouchi September 5, 2009 11:00 pm

    mexican mushrooms are also a good pics to do i got a lot on

  • Odisseus August 29, 2009 06:14 pm

    These are absolutely stunning!

  • Paul August 29, 2009 03:02 pm

    Wow, these are great. I have a problem doing shots like this because my camera (fujifilm finepix s700) limits me to 4 seconds. Is there any way to change that?

  • Don McGurrin August 29, 2009 09:33 am

    These just show mw how much more there is to learn. Tells me I need to get more equment as well.

    I would like to know more than shutter speeds. IOS, Apt. setting, any filters ?

  • Matthias August 27, 2009 06:41 pm

    I also wanted to share some of my longtime exposures:





  • noway August 27, 2009 11:43 am

    10.9 seconds for the fireworks? think about it!

  • Sharon August 27, 2009 09:26 am

    these take my breathe away.

  • Sravan August 27, 2009 02:00 am

    How much more better can it get? Was just over-awed by the pix! Kudos to the photographers! Really!

  • Kathi Cohen August 26, 2009 12:47 pm

    Beautiful and truly inspirational.

  • Lynne August 26, 2009 12:21 pm

    Many of these pictures look like the work of Harold Davis who did two wonderful tutorials on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdn3gJxSzew and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meQyUxwhmQs

  • Ann Przyojski August 26, 2009 09:32 am

    OMG these long exposures are GORGEOUS!! Personally I love shooting star trails so I have worked with these types of exposures. But I'd really like to know about the exposure of the Lighthouse with the star captures. I'd have no idea what to expose on, on a photo like that.

  • Mandy August 26, 2009 07:11 am

    Love the first lighthouse shot - incredible!

  • Keith Kimberly August 26, 2009 01:27 am

    I love shooting long exposures but I have noticed that I tend to get a "glow" in the upper left and right corners of most shots. I wrote and asked about this on another site and was told that it may have something to do with the fact that in a digital DSLR the sensor heats up during long exposures. Is their a noteable risk of damaging the sensor by doing this too often or too long?

  • Paul August 25, 2009 11:59 pm

    Lovely stuff here. The first lighthouse image is just fabulous. I like the firework display too.

  • B P Maiti August 25, 2009 08:39 pm

    I love all photos in long exposure from technical and creative angles.Expertise in handling the situations is in essence.Thanks

  • joshua baskerville August 25, 2009 07:37 pm

    WOW some of these have to be some of the best images i have seen in a long time, and deffinately the best long exposures

  • John.D August 6, 2009 07:29 am

    Its very beautifull, i have to buy an camera to do beauty like this.

  • mymoen July 15, 2009 10:48 pm

    I love long exposure photography, there’s so much creative potential. These photos are great and show a wide variety of what you can do with the shutter open for a long time. It’s even possible to do in daylight with neutral density filters or stacked polarisers. It’s also pretty much the only way to capture lightning without an optical trigger.

  • gemal July 15, 2009 10:46 pm

    o my God..

    There's nice picture.. Really-really amazing.. Need more practice to get photo like that..

  • jenni July 10, 2009 05:09 pm

    wowww,look at them they are simply amazing and wonderful!!!!i love all of them.....really great work...thanks for sharing these stunning images......

  • Brielle July 3, 2009 10:25 pm

    I love the pictures. Whoever shot them was a great photographer. I would like to do this when I'm older. I would also like to be an artist. Good thing these two art forms are related!


  • videos online June 12, 2009 04:09 am

    wow, great pictures, nice

  • president June 11, 2009 11:30 am

    I have a night picture that was taken with a 12 second shutter. . ,,,

  • Ronny June 7, 2009 05:04 am

    Awesome pictures. I love taking long exposure! In this kind of pictures you can see lots of dynamics.

  • Metacom June 7, 2009 01:40 am

    These are amazing

  • Fahsion Dress June 1, 2009 06:48 pm

    They are just beautiful!!

  • saharsh May 22, 2009 02:50 pm

    mmm mmm mmmmmm i loves me a bit of long exposure in the morning....but preferably at night for obvious reasons. Some really fantastic ones in there and great ideas too. And now for the obligatory contributions...

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sashdc/2416800652/ - combining a bit of still life and movememnt
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sashdc/2664999456/ - hey i just think this ones purty

  • Fort Myers Photography May 20, 2009 11:10 pm

    Fantastic photos set. My Fav is the Fireworks!

  • Mark May 1, 2009 06:57 am

    Incredible collection of photos!

  • Kong April 29, 2009 08:11 pm

    Wow!! fantastic photos!

  • yetihunter April 26, 2009 01:09 pm

    Wow!! That's all I can say. What awesome pics you have here.

    This takes photograpy to whole nother level. Keep up the great posts!

  • ReTwurl URL Shortener April 26, 2009 02:34 am

    This is an awesome collection which gives me some ideas - Thanks from ReTwurl

  • David Cooper April 14, 2009 12:41 pm

    Extremely fantastic creative photography. Great new ideas I hadn't thought of. I can't wait to try some of these ideas. Thank you so much.

  • vincent April 13, 2009 10:24 am

    A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!!!!!!!!!! :DD

  • Anne Kitzman April 9, 2009 10:12 am

    Wow! These shots are so beautiful! I'm going out to shoot something pretty tonight, they inspired me!

  • Anthony Proulx April 7, 2009 06:15 am

    I love light painting and exposure manipulation! Seriously, I am a fire performer and web designer and using exposure is a amazing thing. It allows us to draw out all the patterns and people can visually see exactly what we paint. Nice imagery you have here, thanks for the post and Inspiration!

  • Grubbby April 6, 2009 06:09 pm

    Very cool photos, i love the one in the woods and hopefully am able to get shots like them one day.

  • digital photography April 5, 2009 11:37 pm

    wow! I'm impressed, some interesting photos here... ehem, it reminds me that I don't do enough long exposure work, in fact I never did anything with tripod... thanks for inspiring me to get out and do some night long expo photography.

    Firework shot mesmerizes me :)

  • Rocky April 3, 2009 12:33 pm

    Thanks Tony,
    Eye candy gooooood!

  • BioTecK April 1, 2009 03:44 am

    Wow!! Some very very nice pictures! I love it!

  • Kwame Busia March 30, 2009 10:00 pm

    I really miss taking long exposure images, ever since my tripod broke and i have been too lazy to go back and get a new one. Something about how everything glows, and you see things you never noticed were there before really intrigues me!

  • Bigg Pixel March 29, 2009 01:33 am

    These are incredible!
    The carnival shot and the 1st lighthouse image are truly fantastic. All very well done.
    I am now inspired... wow

  • Synne March 28, 2009 09:14 pm

    Amazing! And there is so many different ways of using long exposure.
    Someday I'll try to put some effort to do a shot like these. :)

  • Eric Mesa March 28, 2009 04:10 am

    Here's my time lapse set.

  • Eric Mesa March 28, 2009 04:01 am

    I like the first lighthouse and the waterfall. I think those are the most creative ones. (Not that the others aren't visually stunning. But everyone - myself included - does the carnival and street shots)

  • Travis March 27, 2009 08:57 am

    Wow! Those are some amazing photos!

  • Natalie March 26, 2009 11:21 pm

    amazing! im a beginner in photography and to see things like this get me even more exited on what is yet to come! xD

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  • Iso Fotografie March 10, 2009 10:32 am

    Some of those shots are just a little above average, but some are really awesome. Great collection. Big Thank you from Germany

  • Kiwi February 22, 2009 10:30 am

    You gotta love these photo compilations...they always make me feel like an inferior photographer. Alas, there is photoshop! Still, a great collection.

  • Lynn February 16, 2009 09:25 am

    I love to take road trips. Where is that winding road located? (the 2nd photo - the Matthew Fang photo) I would love to drive that road. Please advise. thanks! The pics are very inspiring!

  • assam February 16, 2009 08:57 am

    very nicely done..i love your photographs thanks for sharing

  • SBL Panorama stitching February 13, 2009 01:46 pm

    Super Duper pictures....Thanks for sharing.

  • moniczkam February 12, 2009 07:43 pm

    I love this picture made by Paulo Brandão... Like from books "The Chronicles of Narnia". :)

  • Zack February 11, 2009 05:33 pm

    Amazing photos

  • -Paul February 6, 2009 03:34 pm

    Great Shots.. I have 3 more long exposure shots that are of similar greatness....

  • Neil Duckett February 6, 2009 03:30 pm

    That first lighthouse one reminds me a lot of this one here .


  • mrellis419 February 5, 2009 07:16 pm

    those pictures was great.

  • Arkanum February 5, 2009 07:11 pm

    Amazing! Here one more ^_^

  • Ajith Rajeswari February 5, 2009 02:57 am


  • akm February 5, 2009 12:50 am

    yeah spectacular pics, i see some other pics of the same author on this website www.champignonsmagiques.fr
    nice work, keep it.

  • zeroney February 4, 2009 02:53 pm

    wow!!!........what a shot!.............

  • Thiago Alexandre February 3, 2009 02:10 am

    Very beautiful this images!

  • Pramathesh February 2, 2009 01:05 am

    I wonder how the picture with 60 minutes shutter speed was taken without over exposing.

  • brainpicker February 1, 2009 08:18 pm

    These are fantastic, Darren. The winding road is definitely my favorite -- reminds me of that PIKA PIKA Japanese art collective, with all those long-exposure flashlight films.

    In general, I find long exposures lend themselves brilliantly to time-lapse video. Like that recent one of city lights shot from a moving airplane.

  • José February 1, 2009 05:56 am


    These are stunning examples of how a simple "trick" can turn a normal shot into a work of art.

    have a great weekend,


  • steve883 February 1, 2009 01:34 am

    Simply awesome! Absolutely stunning. Thanks

  • Peter H. Rosen Photography January 31, 2009 06:11 pm

    wonderful images, now lets take time exposures out of this world!

  • Baking Chef January 31, 2009 09:02 am

    these are awesome I wish my digital rebel would let me do longer than 30 seconds.

  • Sally Croft January 30, 2009 05:04 pm

    Very impressive photography, I simply loved the lighthouse one..awesome!

  • Ken January 30, 2009 03:35 pm

    Wow, Really interesting! I've never getting enough skills to take a good snap yet. But those stunning images really inspired me. :) Thanks for sharing, Darren! Nice work and congrats for your new theme design. ;)

  • Clare January 30, 2009 07:07 am

    Wow, the first lighthouse photo is amazing.

  • PhotoX2 January 30, 2009 02:49 am

    @ DanielS " I love these time lapse photo’s. The first one by far my favorite. Using the strobe to capture such a dynamic photograph shows a well thoughtout photo and executed perfectly..............."

    Aren't time lapse and long exposure two different things?

  • Lakota Moira January 30, 2009 01:33 am

    Beatiful! thanks for sharing :)

  • Sayseed January 30, 2009 12:07 am

    Whoa. Great job!

  • kiran January 29, 2009 07:48 pm

    Beautiful....Really Stunning.Thank you.

  • DanielS January 29, 2009 04:45 pm

    I love these time lapse photo's. The first one by far my favorite. Using the strobe to capture such a dynamic photograph shows a well thoughtout photo and executed perfectly. Great collection Thank you~!

  • blad3runn69 January 29, 2009 04:04 pm

    awesome wow thank you :)

  • Zain January 29, 2009 01:31 pm

    Great job.. Fantastic

  • sandip January 29, 2009 05:45 am

    amazing.. really beautiful

  • Robert January 28, 2009 07:17 pm

    Wow really great photos. Thanks for sharing!

  • jordan January 28, 2009 05:55 am

    if i wanted to take a star trace picture what f stop and exposure would i use? and does it have to be dusk or night time?

  • ...love Maegan January 28, 2009 04:38 am

    wow. these are insanely amazing.

  • PhotoX2 January 28, 2009 03:49 am

    Those are some very nice images!!! At the moment, I have a Canon Powershot SD750 P&S digital camera. I can get some great long exposure shots with it up to 15 seconds. Either way, it provides some ground for creativity and is very fun to explore the possibilities. You can shoot things you never though were possible and get brilliant results. Evening landscapes are spectacular. I am about to make the step up to a DSLR, Canon of course!! I can't wait to see what will come of it.

    For those of us with P&S cameras, it is still possible to do long exposure. All you have to do is just fiddle around with your settings or read the owners manual, lol. Normally you can get fairly good results using slow synchro but it varies. Try it out, you will be amazed!!!

  • Antony January 28, 2009 12:23 am

    Nice shots but you get a thumbs down because of the super-annoying pop-up advertising - just bad!

  • Mike January 27, 2009 11:30 pm

    These images/photos are just the business in my opinion... With I had time to even contemplate achieving something like those above!!

    My latest offerings ...

  • Flores January 27, 2009 09:05 pm

    These are great long exposure. For me and other amateur people who just have P&S digital camera, our chance to have long exposure is limited, just maximum 5 or 8 or 10 seconds. By the way, how long the long exposure ruin or drain the battery? Cheers!

  • mrBug January 27, 2009 08:25 pm

    Very cool! ‡)))

  • Popular Wealth January 27, 2009 09:51 am


    15 large images x 250,000 pageloads x a quarter MB each = almost a TERAbyte of transfer already, enough to completely fill twenty five 40gig hard drives.

    "Blog this" works with one image, likewise large images are kept on their own pages within our Flickr communities. When you get 15 on one page like this it's a considerable amount of resources. If 100 other blogs do the same all of Flickr begins to suffer slower load times. It's common courtesy to host them, please.

  • Darren Rowse January 27, 2009 09:19 am

    Pop Wealth - all I can say is that Sara's image was CC last week when we posted this - we don't use copyrighted images on DPS (unlike some sites who regularly do). I'll try to contact her to see if she wants the image removed.

    In terms of hosting images on Flickr - they actually encourage this by have a 'blog this' option on their images - so until they tell us they don't want us to do it I don't see the problem.

  • Popular Wealth January 27, 2009 09:11 am

    Nice collection of photos right off Flickr BUT before you get everyone trying to make posts to get 250k + visits like this please host the photos on your own servers and not leach massive bandwidth from Flickr and PLEASE don't use copyright images like the ones above, example : Sara Heinrichs ride for example is fully copyright.

    It's great that you got massive traffic but please stop encouraging others until you clear up these small issues. Thanks.

  • ArtbyLinda January 27, 2009 08:19 am

    These photo’s are absolutely incredible. My favorite by far has to be the lighthouse at the top! Of course I love the lighthouses in Oregon when we go to the coast, I might just have to try that with them!

  • ArtbyLinda January 27, 2009 08:13 am

    These photo's are absolutely incredible. My favorite by far has to be the lighthouse at the top! Of course I love the a href=http://www.squidoo.com/oregonlighthouses>lighthouses in Oregon when we go to the coast, I might just have to try that with them!

  • Rob January 27, 2009 06:35 am

    These are remarkable! Beautiful moments captured in time.

  • Designsdelight January 27, 2009 04:27 am

    I am a constant reader of your other blog, I didi not know you published these sort of posts I might have to visit this site more often, one of the days I need to get quater of a million readers.

  • Moyo January 27, 2009 03:28 am

    Wow. Simply not much else I can say. These pics will be rotating as my desktop wallpaper --- they're something else.

  • Fletch January 27, 2009 02:04 am

    Motion blur has got to be one of the most spectacular effects in photography. I love it and have a go at any opertunity I get.

    Tube trains are a great place to start as you are guaranteed a new go every few mins!

  • David Tabor January 27, 2009 02:02 am

    Certainly a nice set of long exposure examples.

    Some other great night shooters worth mentioning:




    sharper24 (old school night shooter)

    Lost America (light painter extraordinaire)

  • Roy January 26, 2009 08:10 pm

    A now very cheap camera capable of great shots is the Pentax K200D now selling around $700
    Australian to the chap who wanted to know a good camera to buy.

  • LBJirel January 26, 2009 03:30 pm

    Absolutey awesome collection. Really I can't explain how I am inspired after viewing all these photos. Thanks!

  • roentarre January 26, 2009 12:45 pm

    Such an incredible series of wonderful images in deed!!!

  • projectautomatika January 26, 2009 11:27 am

    very beautiful shots!

  • Esther Beaton January 26, 2009 09:13 am

    An inspiring collection of images, but I am a little concerned about the attributions. First picture is credited to Mumbley Joe yet the image itself has an imbedded copyright logo "© Tyler Westcott".

  • PC Services January 26, 2009 03:13 am

    Wow, I especially like the photograph of the "Zero Gravity" ride. it just looks unreal. It would be cool if there were some specifications with each photograph besides the exposure time.

  • Millard January 25, 2009 10:41 pm

    Yes, I need to get back to the drawing board and create some more long exposures. It's amazing what a little creativity will dol

  • Kham Tran January 25, 2009 08:33 pm


  • bob January 25, 2009 01:21 pm

    those are cool paintings i am kidding but they are really nice photos and i might use some of them in my class for school it gives it a nice effect

  • DS January 25, 2009 12:34 pm

    lovely shots

  • Titus January 25, 2009 09:49 am

    Very impressive! Makes me want to rush out and set up a tripod next to the road...

  • Tom January 25, 2009 09:48 am

    Stunning photos - thanks!

  • ric January 25, 2009 08:02 am

    absolutely stunning images

    thanks for posting


  • John Arroyo January 25, 2009 06:01 am

    Those are cool shots! I need to try out some long exposures.

  • Judy Lee January 25, 2009 04:00 am

    Wonderful informative and beautiful article.

  • Ajith Rajeswari January 25, 2009 03:31 am

    Please find my long exposure

  • Kristy January 25, 2009 03:05 am

    Awesome pictures!

  • Anne Wayman January 25, 2009 01:05 am

    oh my, makes me want to study my camera's manual, get a tripod and figure out how to do this.

  • monick January 25, 2009 12:32 am

    Wow is remained without words for the beauty of these photos… The world is the own beautifulst one…

  • Bertrand January 24, 2009 11:50 pm

    Wow!!! great pics!!!

  • Martin Lewis January 24, 2009 08:06 pm

    Simply awesome and very helpful. Thanks.

  • Bruce Vinal January 24, 2009 01:42 pm

    This was only 2 sec. does that count? http://aerialperspectives.smugmug.com/gallery/6563151_5hzxL#417688149_DPMYN

  • Nunyabeezwax January 24, 2009 01:37 pm


  • dodgsun January 24, 2009 09:57 am

    luv long exposure's! we have a few very good ones over in Perth..seems to be cause of the smaller light cast and the fact we can drive 30mins away and get brilliant skys!...you should check out the PiP group on flickr ;)

  • Mark Marshall January 24, 2009 06:31 am

    Very cool, you have another loyal reader! Nice that some of these are large enough to work as wallpaper.

  • rose January 24, 2009 06:29 am

    OMG so kl these r so good i wish i could do stuff like tht : )

  • Sarah January 24, 2009 06:26 am

    I love this! These pics are great. Thanks for sharing!

  • thebandwidthhog January 24, 2009 06:06 am

    Thoare are all excellent shots. I'd experimented with long exposure photography back in the early '80s when I was in college and selling stereos & cameras at a Service Merchandise! Problem is that I've moved so many times that I can't locate any of them. I think my favorite from above is the carnival ride.

  • Pat January 23, 2009 08:14 pm

    Just wanted to say thank you so much. We do live in a very magical world, but unfortunately we sometimes forget or become so blasé we just don't see. Photography has the power to show us what we need to remember, to open our eyes again.

  • Jens January 23, 2009 07:44 pm

    The first picture of the lighthouse and the forest inspired me too. The other pics are ok.

  • jpm8jpm January 23, 2009 03:43 pm

    I can do that...hehe! in due time I hope! I am inspired....wow!

  • Anis January 23, 2009 02:48 pm

    *** BREATHLESS.... ***

    Even my camera still prosumer, but surely want to try those tips ! ;-D

  • hlthychoclitnut January 23, 2009 02:12 pm

    This is awesome I've always wanted to get into photography

  • fedy January 23, 2009 01:04 pm

    i gotta say, i love the photos..!

  • Rob Wallace January 23, 2009 07:47 am

    When I was a kid in the 50's and there was nothing digital except your fingers, what we did was take our Nikon out with a 250 lens and try to get a shot of our girlfriend on a rock.

    Well, clearly you kids have come a long way. The top shot os the Golden Gate Bridge is my favorites.

  • Jules @ Lovely Las Vegas January 23, 2009 04:58 am

    A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Thanks for sharing.

  • Luckybeanz January 23, 2009 04:49 am

    How do you prevent noise in such long exposures, especially when taking RAW, I always seem to end up with way too much noise with my 350D :(

  • Tuknaits January 23, 2009 04:32 am

    fantabulous is the word to be used for these excellent pics....AMAZING....

  • Ben January 23, 2009 02:29 am

    Here's one that my brother did of the Forth road bridge in Scotland a few years ago...


  • batman567 January 23, 2009 01:10 am

    these are really great - i can't wait for the weekend and try out some of these tricks! thanks for sharing

  • JJ Loch January 23, 2009 12:28 am

    Absolutely AMAZING!!!

    Cheers! JJ

  • Isabel January 22, 2009 10:42 pm

    I LOVE long exposure pics. I always make it as well. One day I hope I have the chance to do such beautifull pictures as this ones! Thanks for the selection!

  • phil6825 January 22, 2009 06:31 am

    Very nice pictures it's really stunning.

  • Mike January 22, 2009 01:52 am

    Great Shots!!!

  • Starfeeder January 22, 2009 01:46 am

    Beautiful photography! Now if only I could afford a nice camera...

  • Palmipode January 21, 2009 10:35 pm

    A lot of great ideas for my next photos thanks ;)

  • Zakopane kwatery January 21, 2009 08:02 pm

    Beautiful! Thanks!

  • Jamie H January 21, 2009 07:58 pm

    A great set of images there. truley inspiring and thought prevoking. I love using long exposure to add that extra dimension to my images. Thank you for sharing.

  • Isaac Yassar January 21, 2009 07:36 pm

    OMG, that's magnificent skill! Awesome! However, a master photographer should be able to create a masterpiece as good as using a tripod with their hands.

  • Rohit January 21, 2009 04:36 pm

    amazing shots !

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  • Chris January 21, 2009 10:33 am

    Joe: It's not editing. Colors in photographs almost always turn out different than they look to the eye, especially when special techniques such as this are used.

  • LisaNewton January 21, 2009 09:36 am

    Wow, I need to get a tripod, which I'm assuming was used in most of these shots?

  • Korayem January 21, 2009 09:07 am

    Beautiful collection.

    I guess you should've seen this too

  • Vlad January 21, 2009 08:40 am

    Awesome collection of photos. Loving the 60min exposure with the stars !!!

  • Joe January 21, 2009 08:25 am

    The pictures are not natural for me. Too much photo editing . Where are pictures which show nature in its real shape ? Everything seems to be done not by a photographer but done by a graphic designer

  • cineo January 21, 2009 07:49 am

    uffff.... These are great photos!!!!

  • arvind s grover January 21, 2009 07:31 am

    Thanks for these great tips. I captured amazing-looking stars in Pittsburgh!

  • a January 21, 2009 07:31 am

    I like the last one most!

  • Timothy January 21, 2009 06:15 am

    These are brilliant! Very beautiful and inspiring.


  • Tanya Plonka January 21, 2009 06:14 am

    These are really inspiring, thanks for showing them!

    I'm a huge fan of light painting... I love adding that to long exposures. You should include more than one next time :)

  • jeffrey byrnes January 21, 2009 05:49 am

    This is a beautiful collection of long exposure photographs. Great post.

    Jeffrey Byrnes

  • Tobbi January 21, 2009 04:23 am

    Wow, wonderful shots

  • diego January 21, 2009 04:02 am

    beautiful, thanks.

    here u are some examples with six months exposure and more:


  • Paul Johnston-Knight January 21, 2009 03:22 am

    wow, great topic - one of my faves, here are some of my own ... hope you like them.




  • Instant Download January 21, 2009 03:01 am

    stunning photographics, i have not visited niagra falls, but i seen in picture. is this a real niagra falls. it is great.

  • Greg January 21, 2009 01:55 am

    Another awesome example of this technique are ethereal moon trails of Chris Conrad at www.petroscans.com

  • Raz January 21, 2009 01:53 am


  • SpamKids January 21, 2009 01:31 am

    I like it.

  • szuman January 21, 2009 01:11 am

    wow, awesome!

  • Fotograf Wroclaw January 21, 2009 01:09 am

    very nice shots

    rgr Thomas

  • Chris January 21, 2009 12:38 am

    Darren -- fantastic work. Thanks for the explanation.

  • a January 21, 2009 12:37 am

    You must be a member at Fred Miranda. They use "STUNNING" for every crap picture that is posted. All except one of these pictures is ho-hum ordinary. The fireworks picture is nice. The rest of the pictures are very plain and not done very well.

  • Alex January 21, 2009 12:27 am


  • Alex January 21, 2009 12:16 am

    Here are a few shots I have that are long exposure






  • Teewinot January 20, 2009 11:58 pm

    Wow, these shots are just amazing!

  • Designer January 20, 2009 11:34 pm

    wow..... wow....... wow!!!!!!

  • Jade Cadelina January 20, 2009 11:24 pm

    You'll need plenty of battery power to take the star trail photo long exposure of 60minutes. Or its probably taken buy a film camera.

    These are great shots. :)

  • mmp January 20, 2009 11:10 pm

    indeed they are stunning, incredibili! and thanks for that

  • Metrodesk clipping path service January 20, 2009 11:02 pm

    awesome as usual !

  • Pat January 20, 2009 10:50 pm

    Amazing pictures all of them. I especially liked the first light house thouge with the multiple beams of light.

    PatB Photography

  • Shane January 20, 2009 10:49 pm

    Can anyone recommend a cheap DSLR which would be capable of these photos?
    Max budget €700 or $1,000

  • Reysbro January 20, 2009 10:46 pm

    Reysbro Photos

  • Paul M January 20, 2009 10:34 pm

    Lovely shots,I had one go at Long exposure photography last year, I also added a little spot colour to mark the occasion. Its not as clear or as crisp as the examples (how do you get it that crisp??) but its my first attempt and it was taken around the war memorial so I think it has some power.

    Would love to have some feedback on it, as im an amateur and was playing with my new nikon.



  • Luigi January 20, 2009 10:30 pm

    great collection

  • Westy | P H O T O N O M Y January 20, 2009 10:19 pm

    these are wonderfull examples.. some i think are quite over done as in look a bit fake but i gues thats the beauty of them.. do check out some of the ones i have done.. cheers

  • Joe | A New Band A Day.com January 20, 2009 09:21 pm

    Wow! Some of those photos are fantastic - both of the lighthouse ones are particularly striking. Thanks!

  • Matthias January 20, 2009 08:32 pm

    Beautiful. Thanks!

    There is a guy in Sydney named Ed Hughes who takes long exposure shots using only natural light during full moons. Some great shots over there as well.

    Check em out here: http://www.lunagraph.com.au/

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  • Ezzal January 20, 2009 07:46 pm

    very nice pictures


  • cowax January 20, 2009 07:43 pm

    excellent collection there. I love long exposure photography, and i often try my hand at it.
    Do check my set on flickr, I managed to shoot the 'Moon smile' that occurred in some countries last year.

  • Will January 20, 2009 07:30 pm

    Some really nice photos and some great ideas.

    One of my all time favorite photographs is this 40 minute long exposure:


  • basibanget January 20, 2009 07:24 pm

    nice collection :)

  • Jack Fussell January 20, 2009 07:10 pm

    Wow, amazing photos. I've tried this before with very poor results...time to try again.

  • Brett The Wine Maestro January 20, 2009 07:03 pm

    Inspiritational! All peaceful, even the traffic photos.

  • Darren Rowse January 20, 2009 06:59 pm

    with regards to the lighthouse shot (the first one) - it wasn't a multiple exposure shot - you can read the story of it here.

  • Dino January 20, 2009 06:35 pm

    My favorite is the firework picture...absolutely great!

  • Lee C January 20, 2009 06:35 pm

    Just wanted to share 2 images with you i took in Wan Chai in Hong Kong...



  • Abimbola Akanwo January 20, 2009 05:52 pm

    Great photographs. Thank you.

  • honour chick January 20, 2009 04:58 pm

    great pics... :)

  • krishna January 20, 2009 04:42 pm

    Wow Wow Wow. Now these are truly some amazing captures. I just loved them :)

  • HART (1-800-HART) January 20, 2009 04:36 pm

    I have to take up photography one day ... that first lighthouse image is stunning~!

  • Best Design Options January 20, 2009 04:35 pm

    These are really stunning shots! I experimented shooting lots of fireworks on New Year's Eve, but they are not at par with what you posted here! Thanks!

  • Nicholas Crawford January 20, 2009 04:15 pm

    Very cool collection!

  • Chris January 20, 2009 04:13 pm

    The first lighthouse pic looks like a multiple exposure, not a long exposure, unless the beam was switching on and off (which they normally don't).

    Yes, you can do these with a digital.

    No, 1/60 is one-sixtieth of a second. You can either set the shutter speed to 60 if your camera allows it (most DSLRs only go to 30 seconds, though), or set the exposure to BULB and open and close the shutter manually with a remote or with a cable-tethered shutter switch. Don't touch the camera at any point, or it will ruin the shot.

    Some meager long-exposure stuff of my own at http://chris.thehavels.com/photo-groups.php?show=vegas and http://chris.thehavels.com/photo-groups.php?show=ashland

  • Biofir January 20, 2009 04:10 pm

    Thanks. I made this bridge as wallpaper in my laptop. Cool.

  • zeb palmer January 20, 2009 04:03 pm

    all good work... I'm personally fond of http://www.flickr.com/photos/zebthepilot/3057751751/

  • Matthew Heidenreich January 20, 2009 04:00 pm

    These sort of images make me want to take up photography

  • Alfred January 20, 2009 03:20 pm

    I love long exposure shots! Here are a couple of mine in NYC.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/30460413@N03/3203277776/ (HDR)

    This one is in Siwa, Egypt:

  • Grace @ Sandier Pastures January 20, 2009 03:10 pm

    If it says, Exposure: 60 seconds, where do you set it in your camera? Does it mean 1/60 shutter speed? Sorry for the DUH question but this is Digital Photography SCHOOL, so I am here to learn. :-)

    Thanks, Darren! These are great photos. Very inspiring!

  • Gregg January 20, 2009 02:57 pm

    I recently experimented with some hand-held long exposure where I "painted" with the light sources. These pics have me wanting to do some tripod shots!

    Anyone interested in the long exposure pics can look in this set from the St. Louis Zoo this Christmas:


  • Michael Warf January 20, 2009 02:40 pm

    Don't forget your camera's long exposure noise reduction, makes a big difference!

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  • Dave January 20, 2009 02:06 pm

    Spectacular! The long exposure really gives them an otherworldly quality.

  • Bart Gatsby January 20, 2009 01:47 pm

    Great pics! I stumble and dugg it :)

  • Imansyah January 20, 2009 01:38 pm

    These pics are just.. awesome!

  • Tank_NZ January 20, 2009 01:36 pm

    People often use the phrase "take your breath away" all the time - generally for something that ultimately disappoints.

    However in the case - its right on the button. What fantastic bits of art those pics are. Thanks - and Im off for a late nights picture taking.

  • Celes Davar January 20, 2009 01:26 pm

    Thanks for the inspiration....I love long exposures. There is a quality of light and a depth that is wonderful.

  • tech mogo January 20, 2009 01:25 pm

    Can that effect be replicated using a digital camera, or does it have to be normal film?

  • feli January 20, 2009 01:14 pm

    I love long exposure photography because of the possibilities that I can get. Light trails and etc. Things just illuminate. I am not sure about the 60 minute exposure though. I can not wait that long. LOL.

  • Mike January 20, 2009 01:11 pm

    These are stunning pictures, I'm going to have to play around with long exposure photography and see what I can come up with.

  • MyResourceNet January 20, 2009 01:01 pm

    Stunning is not a strong enough word, these are great thanks.

  • Neil Creek January 20, 2009 12:57 pm

    I love long exposure photography, there's so much creative potential. These photos are great and show a wide variety of what you can do with the shutter open for a long time. It's even possible to do in daylight with neutral density filters or stacked polarisers. It's also pretty much the only way to capture lightning without an optical trigger.

    I've experimented lots with long exposures, especially astrophotography. If you're interested, you can see some of mine on my blog: http://www.neilcreek.com/blog/index.php?s=long+exposure&submit=Go

  • maya | springtree road January 20, 2009 12:57 pm

    i love these, one and all. would want to go outside right now to check out how clear the sky is if not for the freezing cold. brrrrr!

  • Keli Whidden January 20, 2009 12:53 pm

    Stunning! Dugg and shared :)

  • Sliloh January 20, 2009 12:47 pm

    Those shots are all amazing! Has me itching to go out and try some ;)

  • Andrew January 20, 2009 12:43 pm

    There are some really nice photographs there. I would love to own a camera that is able to produce photos like those, but I don't think my point and shoot has that capability.

  • Jenny Stewart January 20, 2009 12:42 pm

    These are beautiful!! Thanks for the roundup!

  • Holden Page January 20, 2009 12:42 pm

    I don't even like photography and wow... absolutely beautiful

  • Bill Bolmeier January 20, 2009 12:40 pm

    Wow. A-W-E-S-O-M-E!! Absolutely stunning.

  • Jervis January 20, 2009 12:32 pm

    Definitely these are stunning images. I've done quite a bit of these kind of shots in the past, but I guess I have to redo them seeing these awesome captures. Thanks for sharing Darren!

  • Graham January 20, 2009 12:32 pm

    Those are truly stunning. Thanks for sharing.

  • Carson Blume January 20, 2009 12:30 pm

    Knapps Castle!

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  • The World in 35mm January 20, 2009 12:25 pm

    Wow. The first lighthouse is just phenomenal. I think I am inspired to go for a late night walk around town now!