There is something magical about long exposure photography – allowing your camera to capture light and details for a longer period of time can create some stunning photographs. From traffic lights and light painting to smoky water and star trails, or even photographing the Milky Way – the possibilities are endless.
Equipped with a sturdy tripod and a good knowledge of how light travels you can create your own long exposure photos. While it certainly takes time and a lot of practice to master fully, long exposure photography is a great way to learn more about light and widen your creativity.
Today we have 40 great examples of long exposure photographs. Some of those images have a shutter speed as short as 2 seconds while others are over 30 minutes long. Hopefully some of those images will inspire you to give long exposure photography a shot!
As the windmills and the heavens turn
Sunrise at Swine’s Den
MV Ever Transport III
Trace of a Northern Light
A Thousand Suns Wouldn’t Shine as Bright
Cause and effect
Double Arch and Milky Way
Experimenting with long exposure
Night Stars Milky Way
Long exposure of a Ferris Wheel from Luna Park
Long Exposure Waves
Long exposure of the surf coming in near Poipu, Kauai
Tyne Bridge – Long exposure
Long Exposure in Yurikamome (Daiba, Tokyo, Japan)
Long exposure Seascape
Glow in the Dark
The Hollow Line – Light Graffiti
Twist in the Road
Light Graffiti – Goku
The Green Wheel at Roskilde Festival 2009
Oversum Winterberg light explosion
I hope you enjoyed this post and that the photos we included sparked some ideas. Please feel free to share your own long exposure photographs with us by leaving a comment below.