Weekly Photography Challenge – Long Exposures


In this collection of long exposure photographs you can see some great examples of how you can use this technique to produce stunning images.

Stewart Ayrey

By Stewart Ayrey

I teach a night photography class and many times I’ve seen a whole new world of exciting things open up for my students when they learn about long exposures. Of course you can use this technique in the daytime as well, but it is often associated with night photography. On a weekend workshop I lead we go out and photograph the sunset and I MAKE them use tripods, amid much grumbling. Then after the sun goes down they start to pack up and head back to our hotel. I tell them to keep shooting. Many times I’ve been told “I didn’t know you could take photos in such dim light”. Then we get out the flashlights and do some light painting and the magic begins.

To see some of the top articles on night photography on dPS in 2014, head over here.

Weekly photography challenge – long exposures

Have you tried any long exposure photography before? If not, now is the time. You will need a good, sturdy tripod and ideally a remote trigger to fire the camera (reducing camera shake). Here are a few long exposure images to give you some ideas on what you can do:


By Mike

Kostas Kokkinos

By Kostas Kokkinos

José Miguel

By José Miguel

Duane Schoon

By Duane Schoon

Howard Ignatius

By Howard Ignatius

Bill Devlin

By Bill Devlin

Abi Booth

By Abi Booth

Trey Ratcliff

By Trey Ratcliff

William Cho

By William Cho

José Miguel

By José Miguel


By jason

Dave Wilson

By Dave Wilson

Nicholas Chai

By Nicholas Chai

Note: please take note if you are going to attempt doing fire spinning with steel wool, please make sure you read about safety and do so at your own risk. IT IS dangerous and can result in fire or injury if precautions are not taken.

Okay it’s your turn – go! Show us what you can come up with. Get creative.

Share your long exposure images here:

Simply upload your shot into the comment field (look for the little camera icon in the Disqus comments section) and they’ll get embedded for us all to see or if you’d prefer upload them to your favourite photo sharing site and leave the link to them. Show me your best images in this week’s challenge. Sometimes it takes a while for an image to appear so be patient and try not to post the same image twice.

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  • ayush katyal

    The Flash(superhero) was here!!!!! It is a 20 sec long exposure in which i zoomed in and out.

  • Baxngolf

    Brad ?Thanks so much for the complement… For this shot I was using an Olympus E-M5 set to live bulb mode (you can see the image as its recorded on the LCD), the Olympus 12-50 lens at 23 mm, ISO 200, F11, for 9.6 secs. Using the Live Bulb or Live Time mode on my OMD really helped make the shot possible as I was able to see the lava trails as they formed but before the image over-exposed.

  • Bob LeClair

    January Falcon 9 Rocket Launch over Sunglow Pier Daytona Beach Shores

  • Gerard N.

    A pond in Lakeside, CA.

  • Pietro Bevilacqua

    “Magic Sango”

    Sango Sands, Durness – Scotland

  • David Fischer

    Shot during an orchestra rehearsal. Handheld, 1 sec at f/8, ISO 80.

  • Jose Luis Ramos Nuñez

    This is my first try at long exposures

  • Wiggles
  • Leyden

    I support the rocks [maybe not the corner one], but the other one doesn’t steal the focus for long enough to matter…..GREAT SHOT!

  • Jerry Boyden

    Lol. Thank you

  • David Fischer

    Shot during an orchestra rehearsal. One second at f/8, ISO 80.

  • Randy OKrane

    Booked into a hotel in Vancouver and went out back and discovered we were under a flight path and took a few shots using long exposure

  • Muhammad Subhani

    A 1hr guided exposure of my fav. nebula – The M42


  • Manu Sekhar Somasekharan Nair

    Kozhippara Waterfalls

  • Krasimira Georgieva

    Running water-long exposure

  • Rich Healey

    My first attempt at light trails. Rochester, NY in January.

  • a 20 sec shot using 7-stops ND filter, edited with selective color
    http://www.facebook.com/cazlography for more.

  • Sanjay Anand Mishra

    i tried capturing some trails but sadly there wasn’t much traffic


  • Raja Ram Mohan Roy.S

    Moon lit marina beach, Chennai.

  • Hawkeye

    Crescent Lake Nocturne. Disney properties, Orlando. 8 second exposure, f9, ISO 400 with my travel camera, a trusty Nikon D40.

  • Williamsonphotography

    The busy streets of Manhattan. Canon T3i 18-55mm Lens at 79mm, 10 sec exposure, f/4.5, ISO 100

    Fireworks- 5 sec exposure, f/10, ISO 100, 55mm and 2 sec exposure, f/10, ISO 100, 55mm

  • Naresh TL

    i took this long exposure in the highway
    the white trails in the sky is a jet flying
    EXIF : 30 sec , f22 , ISO 100

  • Calli B

    Pop Pop Pop

  • Calli B

    Street Lights

  • Kimberlee Bennett

    Thank you!

  • Dave

    Long exposure of Atlantis Paradise Island…30 second exposure

  • Dave

    Any comments on photo would be greatly appreciated as it was my first attempt at a long exposure…thx!

  • Gregg Hasenjaeger

    Fumee Falls by Quinnesec, Michigan. 3/18/2015

  • A long exposure auroras at twilight

  • Another long exposure – taken from Rush University Medical Center

  • Karen

    Long Beach Island,NJ

  • Dave

    Atlantis Marina, Paradise Island, Bahamas

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